Ashton & Backwell United Reserves 1-1 Minehead

MINEHEAD'S first away trip of the weekend was to play against Ashton & Backwell United Reserves, which was staged at their neighbours’ Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves’ Frith Way Ground.

With a full compliment of fourteen players The Blues looked the better team from the off and quite early on Rob Vickers cut into the box, beat a defender and was then fouled whilst bursting past the last defender earning, his side a penalty which Guy Burns struck home confidently.

Early in the second half a quicksilver break featuring Guy Burns and Tiago Alipio saw the latter shoot just wide.

Having used all three substitutes, Minehead who had led since the twelfth minute, were finally breached by the last meaningful kick of the game, six minutes into additional time.

The hosts’ managed an equaliser which their amount of possession throughout the game had probably warranted, to deny The Blues of two of the three points they looked like winning. As soon as they kicked off to resume play, the referee blew for time. 

Somerton Town 6-2 Minehead

BANK Holiday Monday saw Minehead on their travels again, this time to Somerton.

It also saw them play without a recognised goalkeeper for the fourth time in recent weeks.

Seemingly not phased by the situation Minehead started strongly, competed well and from a George Sinnott run and cross, Artur Jacaszek nearly opened the scoring.

In the 18th minute, they did take the lead through a superbly struck shot from at least 35 yards by young full back Charlie Disney, whose ambitious effort flew in off the post giving the keeper no chance.

Within a few minutes midfielder Hubi Wejnerowski was booked for a foul on Jamie Brown, after a challenge where negligible contact, if any, appeared to be made, but Brown took full advantage from the free kick, levelling the score from just over 20 yards.

It was Brown again a few minutes later whose centre from the goal-line cannoned in off the unfortunate Disney and just before half time James Plowman hit the bar and Jack Sargent followed up to prod home, making it 3-1 at the break.

During the break Minehead re-grouped and the injured Tommy Robinson soldiered on by taking over in goal, meaning that outfield player Cullen Bruford could now play in his natural attacking position.

Midway through the second half full back Lewis Lambert made it 4-1 when he side-footed home, to realistically end The Blues chances of any sort of positive result and shortly afterwards Lewis Neenan made it 5-1 after a good run.

Still competing and probing to reduce the deficit, Andy Hall’s lay off enabled the hard-working Jacaszek to record his first goal for the club in his first start, then Jacob Holland netted from Brown’s corner to complete the scoring at 6-2.

This Saturday brings Winscombe to The Rec for the first meeting between the two sides this season, followed by a trip to Frith Way again, this time to play Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves on Bank Holiday Monday.