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No longer home sweet home after second loss

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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Mendip Men's 1st XI 2 Westbury & UB C 3

Mendip's stuttering home form continued as they suffered a second defeat in two weeks, having opened the season with four successive victories.

The hosts started brightly and moved the ball around with speed and precision, keeping Westbury penned in their own half for ten minutes, but they were not not able to make a breakthrough.

A rare misunderstanding in the Mendip back-line allowed Westbury to win a short corner and, although Leigh Taylor made two saves, the ball was finally forced home at the third time of asking to break the deadlock.

Mendip went in search of an equaliser and began to create chances, with Andy Wood and Nick Pang working hard in midfield and Steve Smith and Ian Young lively up front.

Several opportunities went begging before Pang's forceful shot from a short corner crossed the line, despite a touch from the keeper, to level the scores at the break.

Play was more compressed in the second half and Mendip gradually stopped using the width that had brought them success in the first period.

However, they still managed to take the lead when individual skill from Wood created enough space to slam a strong shot into the circle and Nick Potter was well placed to deflect the ball home.

Mendip switched off and forgot the basics, allowing Westbury to get a foothold in the match and put some pressure on the hosts.

A short corner gave the visiting striker enough time to pick his spot and he duly drilled his shot into the bottom corner to bring the scores level.

Westbury repeated the feat a few minutes later to take the lead and although Mendip worked hard in an attempt to find a way back into the game, too often their decision-making was poor and passes started to go astray.

Their luck also ran out in front of goal and the all-important half-chances would not fall kindly for the hosts, for whom left-back Paul Floyd was man of the match.

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