"The cold morning didn’t dampen spirits on the pitch but did prevent the referee’s car from starting which meant we played without one. Maybe this is the way forward as both teams played the game without a single argument or bad word – what a pleasure. It’s usually a tightly fought contest against Recliners and when they went 1-0 up from a well taken strike from the edge of the box it looked as though we’d have another battle on our hands. Nailsea began to play some neat passing football and were soon level through Lee Cogan. Shortly after, Macca curled a beauty into the top right-hand corner and then the goals started to flow. 5-1 up at half time with additional goals from Lee Phillips, a second super strike from Macca and close-range volley from Mark Evans. Nailsea continued to play some excellent football in the second half and scored a further 3 goals to take an 8-1 lead. Lee C bagged a second, and Alex Plenty notched a brace (although there was some debate if his second was taken over the line by a Recliners defender or did Dave Miles get the final touch? – the debate will no doubt rumble on!). Credit to Recliners who continued to battle, and they were rewarded with a late second goal. A terrific all-round team performance but highlights were Lee Cogan up front and man of the match Macca for a dominant performance in centre mid and two superb goals. Both teams enjoyed curry and chips and the usual post-match banter in Sawyers."
Recliners FC Report:
" This was a really good contest played in impeccable spirit by both sides. Nailsea played some superb pass and move football on their big 3G pitch and while Recliners matched them for a while, we were unable to maintain their standards and in the end they ran out convincing winners. A makeshift backline presented 3 goals to them on a plate in the first half, which was closer than the 5-1 HT score suggested. Second half the game became very stretched as legs tired and both teams had numerous chances. Perhaps the ref will become redundant in future games as decisions were agreed without a fuss and players on both teams were honest in saying they had the last touch or had committed a foul etc, and it saved thirty quid! Great hospitality in the Sawyers after, this match was a fine exhibition of what the Corinthians league is all about. "