"Having lost 3 players from the last squad through injury, and a few others missing, we managed to field a reasonably strong squad (on paper!) of 13 (plus H!) with 3 players, Carl Tomlin, Nick Martindale and Kev Ashley, making their Vets debuts, and Blods finally turning out for us after many years of saying that he would! We were, however, up against a strong and fit Nailsea Vets team, who were promoted into our league this season.
One of the missing injured players was Mike Fernott, our new keeper, so Turns 'volunteered' to come back early from a stag do in Cardiff to play in goal! He was still sobering up when, from Nailsea's first real attack, their winger cut in from the by-line and beat Turns at the near post before he had a chance to move, from a shot which Turns claims spawnily came off the winger's shin and wrong-footed him! To be fair, once Turns sobered up, he played well and made some good saves, and you couldn't really blame him for any of the other goals (much as we wanted to!), which was more than could be said for the rest of the team, as poor defending and sloppy passing saw us go 4-0 down well before half-time.
Their 2nd goal was arguably off-side, but H didn't flag for it (I say arguably in that some people thought it was 5 yards off while others thought it was only 1 yard, but everyone agreed, apart from H, that it was offside!). Dan Scoins then, uncharacteristically, passed straight to their forward standing unmarked in the 6 yard box to make it 3-0, and then Nailsea scored their 4th with a strong shot, which gave Turns no chance, following a goalmouth melee where we had the chance to clear our lines. Up to that point our passing had been shocking, but things stabilised for the last 15 minutes or so, as we started to hold our own and even create a few half chances.
The 2nd half was a more even affair, even though we eventually lost it 3-1. The play was fairly even, and we even had a few brief periods of pressure, but Nailsea scored 2 good goals that you couldn't blame anyone for to make it 6-0 with 15 minutes to go. By this time, our injury jinx had struck again, as Blods (hamstring), Paul Kirst (calf) and Russ (shin/tired) all had to come off, so we played our last ace (or should that be joker?) and threw on H for his 1242nd appearance for the Club. This obviously inspired the team, as before H had even touched the ball, Steve Coates managed to escape his markers at last, and cut in from the right to make it 6-1. H then decided to entertain the crowd by showing his 'skill' by completely missing his kick, which sent the forward the wrong way, leaving H free to 'run' past him and collect the ball, leaving the forward, who apparently was young enough for H to be his Grandad, for dead! Unfortunately, H was still enjoying his moment of glory, when, in the last attack of the game, a cross came in from where H should have been, and thier forward scored well with a header to make the final score, 7-1.
Nailsea Vets Report:
" We were unsure how today was going to go as this was our first game in the 1st division but it turned out to be a game where everything went right. We opened the scoring through a neat Paul macca finish after some nice football. We decided to move Lyle Brimble up front and it paid off as he doubled the lead, he then made it 3-0 soon after. He had a bit of trouble getting the offside line right. There were a few dubious calls by the lino but to be fair a few went our way that shouldn't and a few against us that shouldn't, but no complaints from us as its a thankless task. Simon Dennis made it 4 with a lovely finish from a tight angle. Lyle completed his hatrick to give us a 5-0 lead.
The second half was a slower game but we got the sixth and best goal of the game with a cracking Lee Phillips shot from outside the box. Cribs got one back but we got the 7th through 55 year old Alex Plenty with a header after another Mark Pender assist. All in all it was a good game and the ref was superb, we wish Cribbs all the best for the rest of the season"