"Not playing in sleet, and gales was a pleasant change. This is a game where the cliche "a game of two halves" could not be more true. Early on it was even-stevens with some good football played by both teams and Chew probably just on top while not carving out any real chances. Then Nailsea took the lead with a well worked goal. This was then followed by a second which was an OG as Keen the keeper's punch hit Chew's Cornelius in the leg and rebounded into the open goal. Both teams dug in, with Nailsea on top but Chew held out against the wind despite losing their centre half through injury in the first 10 minutes.
In the second half chew reorganised and began to take control before being hit by a second OG after a dangerous cross from the Nailsea winger. This was a pivotal moment, Chew's heads refused to go down, changing to 3 at the back they took control of the game, sensing a first goal would change the tide. It came after a well worked move, and a cross from Lewis, which was sweetly nodded home by Coppel. Now it was game on, Chew's
midfield was dominant the wide players a real threat, and the front two running lose around the Nailsea penalty area, while the back 3 were comfortable with Jones ranging forward and creating several chances. Cornelius made it 3-2 with a great strike which the keeper could only parry. The pressure mounted and then Cornelius floated a great corner in for Jones to surge forward and fire an unstoppable header into the top right corner. The game was now finely poised, Chew continued to try and grab the winner which allowed Nailsea to create a couple of late chances, one hit the bar and the second a great save by Keen to preserve the comeback and who once again was outstanding. A great performance from Keen keeping Chew in the game at crucial moments throughout the match as he has done all season.
Good banter and chips back at Mardens afterwards. "
Nailsea Vets 45's Report:
" Prepared for windswept, wet conditions we were actually blessed with a rather pleasant sunny and reasonably calm morning on a large 3G pitch (good news for the kit washers!).
Early exchanges were focused largely in midfield. It wasn’t until 20 minutes before Nailsea calved out a clean cut chance with Gary Himsworth through one on one only for Chew keeper to make a good stop. Shortly after another one on one and this time Tom C was denied by another great stop. Nailsea defence managed to contain Chews attack to a few speculative efforts from range. After half an hour Nailsea broke the deadlock. Some football head tennis and Mark Forbes raced in from right back to pick up the ball on the edge of the penalty area and this time strike past the Chew keeper. A second came 10 minutes later as Darren Penny managed to poke the ball home from close range. Half time 2-0.
Chew came out full of energy in the second half and for the first 10 minutes Nailsea struggled to get the ball out of their half. The first time this did happen Tom C made a good run down the left and fired in a firm low cross only for a Chew defender to turn the ball into his own net. 3-0 up and Nailsea seemed to be cruising….. NOPE! Full credit to Chew for not letting their heads go down and they totally bossed the second half. Nailsea didn’t help matters as their usual neat passing game eluded them. A great glancing header for their first; the Chew striker just getting in front of Lee Mc off his line (3-1). The second had a hint of offside and although the ref seemed to blow for this he then allowed the goal to stand (3-2). At this point Nailsea were focused entirely on defense but the equalizer was a bullet of a header from a corner (3-3). As Chew were then chasing for the win Nailsea had two more chances to nick it. Another one on one … yep the Chew keeper did it again …. and a great long range strike from Lee P which hit the bar.
If ever there has been a game of two halves. Thanks for the hospitality afterwards and good luck to Chew for the last few games of the season.