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2022-23 season


Charity golf day with Rotarians

The Rotary Club of Nailsea and Backwell annual charity
golf day on Friday, August 5, was at Mendip Springs Golf Club.

More than 100 people took part and almost £3,000 was raised for Prostate Cancer UK.
The weather was perfect if a little too hot and a good time was had by all.
Rotary’s grateful thanks goes to the golf club for hosting the event and all the sponsors and in particular, the main
sponsors, Union Jack Oil and Wessex Water.
The winning team was the Snomads D consisting of John Shaw, Julian Sharp, Gary Crews and Kevin Grinstead, all members of Mendip Springs with a total of 92 Stableford points.
Other prizewinners were:

  • Longest drive men, Nic Gough Snowmads B;

  • Longest drive ladies, Helen Gooch and Rogans Rogues;

  • Nearest the pin hole 2 Nigel Harradine, Cheerful Chippers; and

  • Nearest the pin hole 18 Richard Tullock, LA Eagles.

Image by Courtney Cook

Shirehampton v Nailsea and Tickenham FC


On Friday night, August 5, under the lights, two teams freshly promoted into the Toolstation League… everyone was expecting a good game, including the 241 fans in attendance at The Creek, Bristol Manor Farm FC's stadium that Shirehampton FC now share.

Nailsea and Tickenham Swags certainly started the quickest with a goal from Callum Dunn inside three minutes, but the midfielder was ruled offside, which looked like a very close call.

The next half hour was even with both teams trying to create chances, but neither keeper ever really looking in any trouble! You could see with both teams having to play three times in six days there were a lot of tired legs out on the pitch.

At the halftime whistle the score was 0-0.

The Swags made one change at halftime, introducing James Seeley for the hard-working Jared Ford.

The second half started with a much better tempo and the game opened-up, especially for the Swags.

On 65 minutes super sub-Seeley picked the ball up from the deep and drove it forward to the edge of the Shire area, where his low shot bounced off the post and into the bottom corner! 0-1 Swags!

Shire tried to get back into the game, but the long ball wasn’t quite working with the Swags back four of Tyler Manning, Dan Cook, Gary Freeman and Andy Head all staying strong.

Shires’ Mike Bryant and Kye Simpson looked the sharpest for the hosts, but they couldn’t find a way through.

On 80 minutes Luke Osgood slotted the ball between the Shire defence to


Jacob O’Donnell, who then took it past a further Shire defender and unselfishly squared to Callum Dunn.

Dunn then grabbed his third of the season and the Swags second of the game, making the score 0-2 and effectively killing the game off!

Nailsea and Tickenham decided to bring on Iwan Walters, Fabian Mokhtari and Jordan Hughes to freshen things up and see the game out.

Not the best football played on the night but it’s another win for Nailsea and Tickenham, keeping their unbeaten run going with three wins out of three.

MOM went to Gary Freeman who is sponsored by LBC Boots!

REPORT: Nic Steadman

PHOTOS: Paul Harnden

North Somerset Cup

A great result for the men of Nailsea Bowls Club in the semi-final of the cup.

Having to select a team at short notice on Sunday, July 31, against one of the competition favourites Clevedon Prom the team ran out winners by 98-88.

An excellent result, well done to all those who were able to play at such short notice.

The final will be played on Sunday, August 28, on a neutral green at Portishead RBL.

As yet the opponents are not known.


ROAD RACE: After an absence of three years Nailsea Running Club Beer & Banger 10k road race for 2022 is on Friday, August 12. The race starts at 7pm from the home of Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Football Club and is run over a two-lap undulating, yet fast, rural course under ARC rules. There is a race limit of 250 runners with a minimum age pf 18 years. For further information and to register go to


SECOND WIN: With another impressive performance Nailsea & Tickenham FC notched up its second win of the new season with an 0-3 away victory against Brislington FC. Goals came from Jacob O'Donnell, Andy Head and Callum Dunn with the man of the match accolade going to Scotty Pilgrim, pictured. On Saturday, August 13, they are home to Oldland Abbotonians, kick off 3pm


Let's hear it for football for the girls


NAILSEA FANS: Priority Football coaches Brooke and Rosa were in the Wembley crowd to watch England beat Germany and become European champions. Brook said: "What an evening, it came home."

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Win in Western League debut

Nailsea and Tickenham FC v Warminster Town FC



A great occasion for the town and Nailsea & Tickenham FC, as they hosted Warminster Town in the very first Western League fixture hosted by a Nailsea club. 
A large crowd of spectators were eager to watch this seasons opening game and the N&T players did not disappoint. 
Debutants Callum Dunn, Andy Head and Jimmy Sellick were all given starting places and showed how well they have slotted in nicely into last seasons successful squad.
The early stages were cagey, with last seasons Western League Division 1 runners-up Warminster Town looking comfortable on the ball, N&T having to stay patient in the first 15 minutes. A few nerves perhaps, with some loose balls and touches from the home side.
After settling into the game, on 20 minutes, Callum Dunn picked up space on the edge of the area and fired a low half volley to goalkeeper Zak Beard’s bottom right hand side and he could not prevent it hitting the back of the net! 1-0 to the Swags and the Toolstation Western League season was up and running!
Jimmy Sellick was forced off through a slight injury and replaced by Tyler Manning.
The front three of Jacob O’Donnell, captain Joe Berry and Luke Osgood were starting to threaten, looking dangerous with some nice switches of play. Osgood leading the line superbly.
Scott Pilgrim had an outstanding first half in the middle of the park, breaking up play on numerous occasions and he was brilliantly assisted by Jared Ford, who’s tireless running and pressing made it difficult for the Warminster midfield.
N&T closed out the half very well, limiting Warminster to half chances at best, the central defence of Dan Cook and Gary Freeman acting as a brick wall to protect goalkeeper Jason Mellor. 


While Warminster planned how to get back in the game, the Swags had other ideas. A perfect start to the second half saw N&T break down the left-hand side, and the ball finding Joe Berry. His left footed effort was deflected past the helpless Beard to make it 2-0 on 47 mins, to loud celebrations at Fryth Way!


N&T looked determined to hold onto their lead as they pressed and battledfor every ball during the second half, every player a credit to the club. During the second period Joel Bayliss and Charles Rendle replaced Jared Ford and Joe Berry.

The icing on the cake came after 84minutes when talented winger Jacob O’Donnell cut inside and hit a superb left footed shot just under the crossbar to make it 3-0 and effectively win the game in fine fashion. Warminster had one late effort saved well by the feet of Jason Mellor to preserve a very well-earned clean sheet.

N&T were able to introduce Fabien Mokhtari and Iwan Walters with the new five substitutions rule.
A memorable day for the club and history being made with the first three points in Western league football for the Swags.
At the end of the game joint manager Jamie Smith said: “The occasion was fantastic! 
"It was great to see so many people supporting us at Fryth Way. 
"We were excellent on the day, the players showed every bit of passion and ability that has gotten us to this point. 
"We knew it would be a tough game, but the players stepped up and delivered a well-deserved historic first win for us in this league.”

The LBC Boots man of the match went to Dan Cook.
Team: J Mellor, J Sellick, A Head, G Freeman, D Cook, S Pilgrim, J Ford, C Dunn, J Berry, J O’Donnell, L Osgood. Subs: J Bayliss, F Mokhtari, C Rendle, T Manning, I Walters


REPORT: Jamie Smith
PHOTOS: Julie Lovegrove


Sport talent nurtured at Nailsea School

Professional footballer Samuel Bell, aged 20, another former Nailsea School student has signed a three contract with Bristol City.

As youth academy player with the Robins, Sam 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.

It was in December 2020 Sam made his professional debut with Bristol City in a 1–0 championship game against Birmingham.

In November 2021, he signed for Grimsby Town on a short-term loan, linking him up with another Robins team-mate Ryley Towler.

Sam is the son of the retired English footballer Mickey Bell who also represented Bristol City 1997-2005.

The young player, who has made 11 first team appearances since his debut in December 2020, said: “I’m really buzzing to be signing a new three-year deal, it’s what I’ve been working hard to achieve so I’m really pleased to put pen to paper.

“It means the world. I grew up playing through all the age groups, going to watch first team games, thinking ‘that’s where I want to be’ and to achieve that and be here for another three years.”

Former Nailsea School student and Bristol City Academy midfielder Reuben McAllister has signed for Hibernian for an undisclosed fee.
The 16-year-old, who joined the Robins aged nine and has progressed along City’s productive player pathway to make his Under-23s debut last season, heads to Scotland to join his father Jamie McAllister, now assistant to former City head coach Lee Johnson.
On his signing, Academy director Steve Kean said: “Bringing a player of Reuben’s ability is a real coup for Hibernian FC. 
"We beat off a lot of competition from top English Premier League sides to bring him here.
“He’s a left-footed creative midfielder who has a real ability on the ball; he can see a pass and loves opening up defences. Alongside that, he’s not afraid to put his foot in and to win the ball back.
“Our games’ programme will help him with the transition from youth football to men’s football. 
"Some weeks he will face elite youth players, then the next he will face senior pros. 
"These experiences will stretch him, and push on his overall development as a player.
“He is a real talent and someone we’re really excited to work with and welcome to Hibernian FC.”
Hibs won the race to secure the teenager ahead of a number of English Premier League sides with McAllister having impressed for Bristol City’s under-23s making his debut aged just 15.

  • And in other news another former Nailsea School student Sol Wanjau-Smith who turned professional this season scored in his first match for Maidston United FC in a friendly against Enfield. Before the game manager boss Hakan Hayrettin said: “Sol’s been brilliant. He’s a great lad, with a great attitude, he’s full of enthusiasm and he’s a great character."