"A hard fought game in very difficult muddy and windy conditions. Nailsea soaked up pressure exceptionally well and hit us on the break twice. Sadly, we just didn't have the quality to break down their well organised defence, aside from one excellent strike from Ant Wood, and congratulations to Nailsea who fully deserved their win."
Nailsea Vets 45's Report:
" Nailsea arrived significantly under strength with only 11 players although at very late notice added a sub with 22 year old Alex Ferris joining the squad under the father and sons ruling. It wasn’t long until his services were called on when Shane hobbled off with a pulled muscle after 20 minutes.
It’s a bit of an understatement that the sticky pitch and windy conditions at Frys weren’t conducive to attractive free flowing football so it became a real battle of grit and determination. ReUnion must have had 80% of possession throughout the entire match but Nailsea held their shape throughout and defended superbly relying on occasional break away’s. This led to the first goal of the game as a long ball down the right enticed the ReUnion keeper out for a 50 / 50 ball wide out of his penalty area. Nailsea’s lone front man Alex Plenty was first to the ball and with quick thinking passed to Peter Overton. With the keeper stranded Peter drove the ball from a narrow angle outside the box to find the net.
The second half continued in a similar fashion with Nailsea pegged back in their own half for long spells. 15 minutes in and ReUnion were finally rewarded for their efforts. Nailsea failed to clear and the ball broke in the left of the penalty area where Ant (?) drilled into the roof of the net from 10 yards out. Despite all the possession from ReUnion, Nailsea managed to protect their goal and Lee Mc wasn’t troubled between the sticks. 20 minutes from time Nailsea had a rare foray into ReUnions half. Once again down the right and on this occasion, Gary Himsworth crossed low and hard across the box. The ball held up at the foot of the far post and Alex P was first to the loose ball to prod it in from a yard out. Minutes earlier he’d almost been throwing up with exhaustion!
The last 20 minutes felt like an eternity but Nailsea held out for their first victory against ReUnion. This was a strongly fought battle and I suspect ReUnion will be disappointed having controlled much of the game but Nailsea’s defensive performance was superb . A mention for the ref who did very well to control a difficult game with one or two niggles but nothing that spoilt a game played largely in the Corinthian spirit we'd expect.