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2022-23 season

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FAB FOUR: Nailsea & Tickenham FC played at home for the second time in a week when on Saturday, January 28 they took on Hallen FC. At full-time the scored was 4-0. It was 0-0 at half time, then an amazing second half performance saw the Swags take all three points! Goals from Callum Dunn, Luke Osgood and Jared Ford with  Fab Mokhtari named man of the match


OUR BOY: Bristol City's young forward and former Nailsea School student Sam Bell scored in the game against championship side West Brom on Saturday, January 28. A youth product of Bristol City, Bell joined Clevedon Town on loan in April 2019, where he scored three goals in four matches he then joined Yate Town on loan in December 2019. In December 2020, Bell made his professional debut with Bristol City in a 1–0 Championship loss to Birmingham City. On November 2021, Bell signed for Grimsby Town on a short-term loan, linking him up with Robins team mate Ryley Towler. He began to break into the Bristol City first team in December 2022, and scored his first Bristol City goal in the 2022-23 FA Cup third round replay against Swansea City, scoring an extra time winner. He followed this up with a brace against West Bromwich Albion in the 4th round. Bell is the son of the retired English footballer Mickey Bell, who also represented Bristol City from 1997 to 2005.

PHOTO: Rex features

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HOME WIN: January proved a month of misery with pitches flooded or frozen however Nailsea & Tickenham FC were back on form on Wednesday, January 25, with a convincing home win 2-0 against Radstock Town FC. Goals came from Gary Freeman and Sam Beresford both in the second half with James Seeley named as man of the match


Outdoor fitness Millennium Park

Nailsea residents who enjoy open air exercise are invited to try out new fitness equipment at Millennium Park thanks to the town council.

We visited on Sunday morning but unfortunately it was raining hard so the apparatus wasn’t in use – the only activity was on the football field where the junior players flanked by a steadfast line of family and friends ignored the downpour and played on.

The free-to-use parallel bars, pull-down shoulder press, air walker, leg press and double pull up bars are for public use thanks to a suggestion by resident Sharon Colley and councillor Joanne Hopkinson who headed the working party.

The five pieces of equipment were ordered by Nailsea Town Council after a resident’s survey to find  out what people wanted.

Town clerk, Jo Duffy, said: “The survey resulted in more than 68 per cent of respondents giving a big thumbs up for the equipment to be installed and the neighbourhood open space of Millennium Park seemed to be the ideal location.“The land is owned by North Somerset Council so the town council had to obtain landlord’s permission before we could move forward, but once that was received contractors were given the go ahead and installation was

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PARK FITNESS: Pictured top Nailsea Town Council chairman Mike Bird, councillor Jo Hopkinson, resident Sharon Colley and son Peter, vice chairman Emily Miller. Below is the junior footballers and their supporters plus a close-up of the outdoor park aparatus unused in the rain

completed during the first week of January this year.“I have seen residents using the equipment already and have talked to several users who were enjoying using it.”

Council chairman Mike Bird, said: “We now want as many people as possible to benefit from this 'free gym'.”

The cost of the project was £21,393, which includes the safety surfacing and installation.

  • Still under consideration for 2023 is a circular running track at an estimated cost of £23,500 and multi-use games area (MUGA) at £80,000

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AWAY WIN: And year and another win against Bishops Lydeard FC for Nailsea & Tickenham FC. With first half goal from Luke Osgood and Joe Berry the final score of 1-2 to the Swags netted three points for the away team. Nailsea & Tickenham Football which was established in 2015 plays at its floodlit Fryth Way home ground. The first team is in the Western League and is the unbeaten Somerset Premier Champions and cup winners for 2021-22

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Parkin fans chant 'Feed the Beast and he will score'

Former professional footballer Jon Parkin is booked to speak at a fundraising charity event in Nailsea in the new year.

The striker while never making a Premier League appearance played extensively in all Football League divisions making more than 50 appearances for each of four clubs: York City, Macclesfield Town, Preston North End and Fleetwood Town.

He also made 50+ non-League appearances for Forest Green Rovers.

Billed as An Evening With Jon Parkin it is on Friday, January 27, at Grove Sports & Social Centre.

The evening starts at 6.30pm and promises food, beer, stories from Jon’s career, Q&A and a silent auction.

The event is raising money for Mental Health Charity Go Again.

This which provides free professional mental health support to junior and grassroots clubs including Nailsea Junior Football Club.

Tickets £20 call/text 0759 059 5879


Barratt boys sport new kit

Homebuilder Barratt Homes Bristol has helped the Nailsea Junior Football Club U16s tackle their kit conundrum with brand new strips to kick off a successful 2022-23 season.

The developer behind the new homes at Engine Lane, Nailsea wanted to score a goal for grassroots football with a £1,000 donation towards the new kit for the upcoming season.

Established in 1974, the Nailsea Junior Football Club provides a friendly and inclusive atmosphere for girls and boys between the ages of five and 18 years for all abilities.

With pitches all over the Nailsea and Backwell area, the club specialises in developing the skills and passion of aspiring young footballers.

Nailsea Junior Football Club chairman Ben Watts said: “We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from Barratt Homes, which will enable our U16s team to run out on the pitch in style.”

Barratt Homes Bristol sales director Andrea Pilgrim said: “Local sports teams play a vital role at the heart of our neighbourhoods, so we are pleased to be able to support the Nailsea Junior Football Club.

"The club do a tremendous job at supporting and encouraging the next generation of local football players and we wish them all the success in their upcoming season.”

Parish Brook, just off of Engine Lane, Nailsea, offers a range of two, three and four-bedroom high quality and energy efficient homes.

This new community is on the edge of the North Somerset countryside and is the perfect location for first time buyers, downsizers or commuters with great access to the M5 and Nailsea & Backwell train station.

Barratt Homes Bristol is committed to investing in the communities that it builds in and has recently donated to the Nailsea Skate Fest and Bristol Pride.

The new show homes and sales office are open at Parish Brook from Monday-Sunday,10am-5.30pm and offers a range of schemes including


Part Exchange Guarantee and the Key Worker Deposit Contribution Scheme.

To find out more about the new homes at Parish Brook or to register your interest visit 

Nailsea gymnasts in finals


Part Exchange Guarantee and the Key Worker Deposit Contribution Scheme.

To find out more about the new homes at Parish Brook or to register your interest visit 

Eight members of Alchemy Trampoline and DMT Club based in Nailsea went to the National League Finals at the end of November at the Velodrome in London, having qualified at competitions throughout the year to be selected. 
The competition took place over two days and Alchemy members achieved some amazing results:

  • Lucy (13-14 Girls Level 3) – 3rd

  • Oliver (11-12 Boys Level 3) – 9th

  • Evie (13-14 Girls Level 3) - 12th

  • Archie (13-14 Boys Level 3) – 14th

  • Molly (17-18 Girls Level 3) – 15th

  • Kieran (15-16 Boys Level 3) – 16th

  • Charlotte (17-18 Girls Level 3) – 18th



  • Oliver (11-12 Boys Level 3) – 1st

  • Lucy (13-16 Girls Level 1) – 3rd

  • Pippa (13-14 Girls Level 3) – 4th

  • Evie (13-14 Girls Level 3) – 8th

  • Molly (17-18 Girls Level 3) – 4th

  • Charlotte (17-18 Girls Level 3) – 20th

Alchemy Trampoline and DMT Club trains three times a week at The Link, Nailsea School.
There are currently some spaces for classes in the New Year term in January for children aged between four and 16 years.
Email for details, or to try a taster session, to


Seven to one

N&T 7-1 Bishop Sutton

Nailsea and Tickenham FC were almost at full strength at home against Bishop Sutton on Saturday, November 5, with only Jared Ford absent and Jason Mellor still injured.
A good crowd at Fryth Way were treated to several goals on a wet and rainy afternoon.
Dan Cook opened the scoring after converting from a corner when Bishop Sutton goalkeeper Dom Oakes failed to gather. 
N&T couldn’t hold on to lead for long as Bishop Sutton hit back, scoring from a corner themselves when N&T didn’t clear inside the box. 
It was looking as though it would be level at the break before Jack Thorne made it 2-1 just before the break, tapping in from close range.
N&T began the second half positively, turning the Sutton defence on many occasions. 
It didn’t take long for Jack Thorne to score again, sharp inside the box to be in the right place at the right time, then the Swags added a fourth after great work by Osgood to find Callum Dunn on the edge of the box. 
Dunn curled a brilliant right footed effort into the back of the net.
N&T were enjoying themselves and looked like scoring at every opportunity, Aaron Robbins received a 'sin bin' for Sutton. 
The Swags took full advantage as the lively Thorne bagged his hattrick after smashing past the keeper with his right foot after being put through on goal. 
Berry, Manning, Mokhtari and Seeley were now all on from the bench and the Swags looked likely to score more. 
Joe Berry was put through on goal and made no mistake to slide in for number six. Trueman had a solid game in the middle in front of Cook and Freeman who thwarted any Sutton attacks. 
Tyler Manning then rounded off proceedings with an unfamiliar left footed effort beating Oakes from outside the box. 
MOM Jack Thorne. A fabulous win for Toolstation Team of the Month N&T.
Joint manager Jamie Smith said: "It was a fantastic result against one of


the in-form teams, the lads are doing everything we ask and are really enjoying themselves. 

"The commitment shown from the whole squad so far this season is producing some well-deserved results and the challenge for us now is to keep it going.

"The Swags are at home again on Saturday, November 12, against Tytherington Rocks FC.
Squad - Gregory, Sellick, Carter, Cook, Freeman, Pilgrim, Trueman, Dunn, Osgood, O’Donnell, Thorne. Subs - Berry, Manning, Mokhtari, Ahmadi, Seeley.

Match report and photos: Paul Harnden

  • And congratulations to Nailsea & Tickenham FC who have been voted Division One team of the month for October on the Toolstation Western League Fans Twitter page




Hengrove beaten at home by Swags


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The Swags made the short trip to face Hengrove for the first time on Saturday, October 29..
Sam Trueman and Jimmy Sellick returned to the starting line up, while captain Joe Berry was out of action for this game.

An open start saw Hengrove flash a shot across Matt Gregory’s goalmouth after a minute played.

The Swags then opened the scoring after Dan Cook headed a Jacob O’Donnell corner past Hengrove goalkeeper Carl Bush.

Hengrove then equalised after a lack of pressure on the ball lead to a neat Dylan Gould finish to make it 1-1.

Callum Dunn responded with two goals in three minutes for the Swags to make it 3-1, before Jack Jones replied after a mix up at the back.

An entertaining first half ended 3-2 to the Swags.

N&T had more control of the second half with some good attaching play. Osgood and Thorne both went close, before Dunn sealed his hattrick after heading in at the far post.

N&T were full of confidence by now and Luke Osgood got in on the act after spinning in the box and finding the bottom corner.

Further chances were missed before Jack Thorne finished the scoring to make it 6-2 with a volley from inside the box.

A well deserved three points were added to the Swags league tally.


Callum Dunn picked up the MOM Award.

Manager Jamie Smith said: ‘We were disappointed with the first half as we felt we gave Hengrove too many chances, but credit to the lads for playing with much more confidence to control the second half and score some really good goals."

Team: Gregory, O. Carter, Sellick, Cook, Freeman, Pilgrim, Trueman, Dunn, O’Donnell, Osgood, Thorne. Subs - Ford, Seeley, Ahmadi, Mokhtari, G. Carter

Match report and photos: Paul Harnden

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MND fundraising hero

This young Raven is Woody.

He is part of the N&B RFC Under 14s group and Woody is doing something amazing!

A close family friend of Woody's, Bristol boxing coach Wayne Bridges, has recently being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Seeing first hand how devastating this disease is, Woody has devised a plan to increase awareness and raise money for MND research.

Woody's first fundraising exercise is that during November, he will be executing 5,000 squats.

He also has a heap of other fundraising plans which will follow this first activity!

Woody has already generated more than £600 of donations!

Woodyhas upped his fundraising profile by talking on BBC Radio Bristol and giving the rugby club a name-check!

If you would like to make a donation to Woody's cause, please follow this link -

Well done Woody - the whole club are with you!


TEDDY SUPPORT: A fantastic day for a great cause! Massive thanks goes to Nailsea & Backwell FC for the unreal hospitality. Great club even better people thanks for everyone's support on Sunday morning, Louis Carey and Mark Ford 11 eventually victorious versus The Rising Sun FC! Our love and best wishes to Teddy Nichols, stay strong little man! To contribute go to

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Tackling top team and winning


N&T 3-1 FC Bristol

The Swags took another brilliant three points against one of the best sides in the league, FC Bristol.
Former Bristol City player Jennison Williams caught the eye early on for FC Bristol, and the Swags had to be alert to some decisive passing.
N&T were awarded a penalty on 10 minuses after the away side fouled, and captain Joe Berry stepped up to make it 1-0. 
The goal of the game came after 20 minutes when Jacob O’Donnell and Fabien Mokhtari combined on the left to find Callum Dunn in the centre of the pitch. 
Dunn produced an excellent through ball to Joe Berry, who’s perfect right footed cross was met by the head of Luke Osgood. An excellent team goal.
The Swags had the chance to make it three just before half time when Osgood was fouled inside the box, but this time Joe Berry’s penalty was saved.
The second half continued to be evenly matched with good football from both teams. 
FC Bristol got one back with a well taken header from a corner, which gave them hope.
Dunn hit the post for the Swags as it was end to end at times. 
FC Bristol then struck the inside of the post after sustained pressure on the Swags. 
Young goalkeeper Matt Gregory had to be at his best to produce two outstanding saves to deny FC Bristol in the last twenty minutes, tipping one out of the top corner at full stretch.
Substitute Jack Thorne eased any nerves by scoring the Swags third goal of the game after capitalising on a goalkeeping error at the other end.
A fine win and three points at Fryth Way, Matt Gregory taking the MOM award.

Match report and photos Paul Harnden

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New Nailsea kick-boxing gym

A husband and wife kickboxing team have opened a new boxing gym in Nailsea. 
Ashley and Leanne Lewis have opened PRO-K kickboxing in a former industrial unit at the Southfield Road industrial estate.
Ashley,aged 34, has been kickboxing since he was eight years-old and as a child dreamed of being a world champion and running his own gym. 
The dad-of-two has now realised both his childhood ambitions, becoming a World Combat Art (WCA) kickboxing champion for his weight in 2017.
When Ashley, who continues to compete professionally, and Leanne met she quickly also developed a love of the sport and had her first kickboxing bout in 2017. 
Leanne, 35, who works as a support worker for young people with special needs, competes in around three competitions a year and will be going head to head with other kickboxers in the Southern Area Title contest in November.
The gym, which opened this month, has its own 12ft ring and runs a number of sessions each week. It offers kickboxing sessions for children and adults as well as fitness circuit training classes.
Leanne said: “It was always Ashley’s dream to compete professionally and open his own gym,” said Leanne. 
"I’ve grown into it too after taking kickboxing up when Ashley and I met.”
Leanne also runs a ladies boxing session on Friday evenings. 
She added: “I wanted to offer something specifically for the ladies and some said they felt intimidated coming into a gym full of men."
A boxing club used to run at the former MYCON youth club in Nailsea 15 years ago and was hugely popular. But the youth club was forced to close down in 2008 due to council funding cuts.
The pair have spent thousands transforming the industrial unit and installing the equipment from the ring and all the equipment along with gloves, pads and headguards. 
They are also planning to work towards gaining their ABA boxing coaching licences in the next few months.

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Swags beat tough team


FC Bristol 3-4 N&T

This game was billed as the game of the day by the Toolstation league in the lead up as fourth place Nailsea & Tickenham FC travelled to third place FC Bristol.

Neither side disappointed in a thrilling afternoon of football at the Almondsbury ground.

N&T welcomed back James Seeley, Jacob O’Donnell and Ollie Carter into the starting line up.

FC Bristol were first on the scoresheet as a well placed effort from outside the box left Jason Mellor with no chance.

The Swags otherwise started brightly and found success down both flanks, with Jack Thorne pressing well up front.

Full back Ollie Carter made it 1-1 after a great run and finish on the right hand side of the box.

Soon after, Joe Berry put the Swags in front after an excellent left footed cross by O’Donnell was met perfectly.

A great spell for the Swags was rounded off in the first half with O’Donnell scoring himself after beating two men inside the box. 

A very entertaining first half with further chances at both ends.

N&T knew they were still in a game, with the strong FC Bristol always looking a threat, Sasha Tong leading the line superbly for the hosts.

Freeman and Cook held the central defence firmly to prevent any further clear cut chances until the last 20 minutes.

A long throw by FC Bristol was not dealt with by N&T and they were punished with a flicked header to make it 2-3. 

A nervy last 10 minutes for the Swags was partially avoided when Luke Osgood came off the bench to head a Joe Berry cross with his first touch to make it 4-2.

However there was still time for FC Bristol to rally and they were able to make it 4-3 with excellent play on the right wing, a cut back and neat finish to give them hope.

It was very nearly 4-4 after a superb shot from distance looked certain to hit the back of the net, but Mellor in the Swags goal pulled off one of the saves of the season, tipping it just wide of the top corner.

A memorable afternoon and very entertaining Western League game with seven goals and most pleasingly for the Swags all three points.

Man of the match goes to Scott Pilgrim for a tireless midfield display.

Joint manager Jamie Smith said: "Firstly what a brilliant game of football! I’m delighted with the win as I don’t think many teams will beat FC Bristol at their place, we had to defend well as a team for long periods and take our chances on the break, which we did very well.

"It was obviously very nervy in the last few minutes but the lads did a great job seeing out the game and bringing the points back to Nailsea!"Squad - Mellor, Carter, Mokhtari, Freeman, Cook, Pilgrim, Seeley, Dunn, Berry, O’Donnell, Thorne. Subs- Osgood, Ford, Sellick, Manning, Clayton-Clarke,​

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Match report and photos Paul Harnden


WIN WIN: Nailsea & Tickenham FC beat Wincanton Town FC 2-1 in the match at Fryth Way on Saturday afternoon, October 1. It was a huge achievement to win three pointes with five key players missing and against a very good side. With a solid second half performance the two goals came from Jack Thorne. For an outstanding centre half display Gary Freeman who led by example and won every important battle he had to he was awarded man of the match. Gary is sponsored by Leon Boots Co Uk. Action photo Paul Harden. No floodlights needed for this game

FINAL SCORE Swags 2-1 Wincanton Town


Off the back of three points in the midweek victory against Cheddar, the Swags were once again at home V one of last seasons top sides Wincanton Town.
Dave Hill stepped in between the sticks as Jason Mellor was still away. Mokhtari and Manning started at full back, with Carter partnering Gary Freeman at centre back after injury to Dan Cook.
The Swags played well below par in the first half hour and couldn’t match the quick passing and movement from the away side.

Wincanton then took a deserved lead when a fine strike hit the bar, onto the post and out for a tap in for the onrushing Wincanton striker.

The Swags regrouped and began to press more. Pilgrim was solid in midfield and N&T managed to find a way back into the game.

Jack Thorne found space inside the box after the ball was up to him on the left hand side and he squeezed it past the keeper to make it 1-1 before half time.
A well battled second half saw chances at both ends, the Swags will have been pleased with the uplift in performance and Osgood, Thorne, O’Donnell and Dunn always looked dangerous. A controversial five minute period saw the game swing into the Swags favour after penalty claims at both ends.

Firstly it was Wincanton with the appeals as Ollie Carter and the the Wincanton striker came together, the referee awarding a free kick to N&T from a good position, much to the frustration of the away side.

Then soon after Thorne looked to have been pushed in the back inside the box, this time the referee pointing to the spot. Thorne made no mistake from the penalty to make it 2-1.The final stages were tense for N&T as Wincanton gave everything to try and equalise, but the Swags held firm, marshalled superbly by the impressive man of the match Gary Freeman, who defended with all the heart and desire the home support have been accustomed to in recent years.

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The Swags remain in fourth place after an imposing start to life in the Western league.
Squad - Hill, Manning, Mokhtari, Carter, Freeman, Pilgrim, Seeley, Dunn, O’Donnell, Osgood, Thorne. Subs - Ford, Walters, Bayliss, Rendle, Willshear

More photos can be viewed here Wincanton Town | Flickr