Minehead gained a deserved revenge for a single goal defeat at table toppers Somerton last time out, with a less convincing but more profitable performance against Somerton at their Irnham Road ground on Saturday.
With both sides obviously keen to gain the early advantage it was the home side’s Stefan Phillips who drew first blood, finishing off a defence splitting move with a well disguised left peg strike from 10 yards out.
The Blues then enjoyed a good spell on top, and Matt Haines needed to pull off a fine save at the foot of the post to keep out Guy Burns’ free kick.
Somerton started the second half all guns blazing and after Matt Cracknell managed to deflect former Blues defender Ollie Feltham’s header away for a corner, Aaron Mead headed and then Gav Meaden shot over the home bar.
Minehead’s defence weathered the storm and again went on the offensive, Mike Graddon seeing his goal-bound close range shot hit the keeper. Shortly after the centre forward was brought down by James Plowman and the ultra-reliable Phillips doubled his personal tally from twelve yards.
The final thirty minutes saw the game become scrappy with numerous yellow cards shown by the official but the leaders had no further clear-cut chances and the Blues defence didn’t look like being breached, and therefore still cling onto a mathematical chance of creeping into a promotion place with most of the top clubs having several games against other well placed sides.
Gerry Hatrick Man of the Match: Stefan Phillips
Minehead: Sam Tarr, Callum Barnfield, Matt Cracknell, Mike Mullen, Darren Sherring, Chris Newbold, Luke Bloys, Matty Ronan, Mike Graddon, Stefan Phillips, Guy Burns
Subs: Rob Vickers, Harry Scatchard (Both Used), Tristan Hawkins
This Saturday sees Minehead travel to play a re-arranged fixture at basement club Congresbury who secured their first win of the season last Saturday. The win will have boosted morale within the North Somerset club and the Blues would be wise not to be complacent as nothing short of three points will keep their season alive.