Minehead 0-0 Welton Rovers Reserves

In an evenly and well contested game at The Recreation Ground on Saturday, neither side quite did enough to justify all three points. With most of the play being in the centre of the park, the game was on the whole devoid of any clear cut goalscoring opportunities.

Minehead’s Mike Graddon was cautioned for a robust challenge just before the half hour mark, soon after which lively centre forward Aaron Merry who seemed starved of good service, did manage to break through the Welton backline but his long-range lob fell on the roof of the net with visiting keeper Joe Beaverstock seemingly beaten.

Early in the second half Minehead’s top scorer Luciano Alves went close to breaking the deadlock, as did Welton’s Will Ford, but the decisive killer ball to release a striker remained elusive.

After Olly Prescott had replaced Aaron Merry in the Blues front line the game became a little more stretched and desperate, and leading scorer Alves saw red in the final few minutes when the referee construed the way the Brazilian had shielded the ball from a defender with his back to the goal as a deliberate elbow and played no further part in the game.

A point each suited the overall play, but both sides probably felt that three points had been almost within either of their grasps.

Minehead: Kyran Wilkins, Bertie Harvey-Larmar, Toby Morris, Rob Vickers, Mike Graddon, Benn Bartlett, Hubi Wejnerowski, Guy Burns, Aaron Merry, Luciano Alves, Ryan Wilkins.
Subs: Matty Trump, Olly Prescott (Both Used) Lowell Binnie

Man of the Match: Benn Bartlett

In their third consecutive home game Minehead face Westfield at The Rec this coming Saturday, which sees the sixth placed Blues hosting the side one place and one point below them. Minehead will be looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat in North Somerset earlier in the season.

Kick-off is at 3pm.