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2020-21 season

ON YER BIKE: Portishead, Clevedon and Nailsea Neighbourhood Police team is offering free bike marking in conjunction with Bike Register. Nailsea PCSOs Chea Scandrett, Andy Gatenby and Amy Holland will be at Millennium Park 1.30-3.30pm on Friday, April 9. It will only take a minute and can be safely done adhering to social distancing rules. To speed up the process, please have your frame number to hand and if possible make sure the frame is clean as this will certainly help us. You will also need a valid email address. Watch out for future bike marking dates coming up.

Council leisure centres reopen

Scotch Horn re-opens on Monday, April 12
Backwell Leisure Centre re-opens on Saturday, May 1

Council-run leisure centres in North Somerset will re-open on Monday, April 12, with Backwell following on Saturday, May 1.

As well as Backwell, Hutton Moor in Weston-super-Mare, Scotch Horn in Nailsea, Parish Wharf at Portishead and Strode in Clevedon will all open their doors again following the relaxing of the government's lockdown restrictions.

North Somerset Council is working closely with the operators, Legacy Leisure and Places Leisure, to get the centres ready to re-open safely with restricted access following government guidelines, offering gym sessions and swimming in the first phase of re-opening.

North Somerset Council executive member for leisure, culture and tourism Mike Solomon is the Independent ward councillor for Hutton and Locking.

He said: “I'm delighted to see our leisure centres opening their doors again.

 “By improving the physical and mental wellbeing of our residents the centres play a vital role in our local communities."

Much-needed repair works and investment has been carried out across all the leisure centres to ensure they are ready for re-opening.

At Strode the changing rooms have been improved, poolside tiles replaced and structural work has been carried out and new boilers installed.

Backwell has been closed for a year while extensive roof repairs and internal heating works have been carried out.  

The re-opening of the centres in April does not include Churchill Sports Centre where the council's contract with operators GLL has ended. 

The council is continuing to explore options for a sustainable future for the centre and is working with the local community and partners to find the best way forward. 

The council has secured £470,000 from the National Leisure Recovery Fund to support its two leisure contractors while the centres have been closed during the current lockdown.

This is in addition to the financial assistance the council provided following last year's lockdowns.

Mr Solomon added: "The pandemic has been a particularly challenging time for the leisure sector.

"Working with our partners, we are doing all we can to ensure we continue to provide leisure services to our residents."  

Football club bid to go up

Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club is hugely disappointed at the decision by the FA to curtail the 2020-2021 season with the club sitting unbeaten at the top of the league.

Both the first team and the reserves will play in a replacement mini cup competition.

N&TFC has applied to join the Western League for the 2021-2022 season along with five other clubs.

The number of vacancies in this league have not been confirmed.

The application is dependent on a Football Stadia Improvement Grant being approved for the installation of floodlights and the construction of a hard standing for spectators around the pitch perimeter.

The Fryth Way ground will be inspected and graded by Western League officials during April along with the other clubs.

On Wednesday and Friday, April 7 and 9 April seven portable cabins will arrive at the ground having been transported from the Bristol City training complex at Failand.Four of the portable cabins will become the clubhouse with a bar and kitchen.

The remaining three will provide changing rooms for the away team, match officials and public toilets.

Chairman Bob Gregory said in his SWAGS Gazette online newsletter: “These are exciting times to be associated with Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club.

“I am confident that it won’t be long before we can all enjoy watching the lads play at our newly developed ground.”


BACKWELL BOARDER: Shaun Holmes has written a feature for the Paddler magazine (page 20). Shaun (and his wife Jenny) founded local company Waiike. The couple have three wonderful 'water babies' who take any opportunity to swim, surf or muck about in streams, puddles or as a last resort the bath! Click on the Take Off image to go to main article

GET ROLLING: Nailsea Bowls Club says get yourself ready as it is back. The Mizzymead Recreation Centre based sports club said the latest ‘Return to Play’ guidance for affiliated clubs is now available, as lawn bowls as an outdoor sport can return from Monday! The guidance it has developed for affiliated clubs supplements the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of lawn bowls. The return of sport and physical activity is vital to the physical and mental health of the nation, and we know our sport has a big role to play in providing an opportunity for outdoor activity as the lockdown restrictions ease. Check out the ‘Return to Play’ guidance HERE

Animal artwork running routes

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it is a piggy!

Making a figure of eight into a running route is one thing but asking the active community to map out their exercise courses as ‘animal shapes’ is a little more challenging.

Nailsea Bowls Club linked with Nailsea Active has taken up this challenge.

And members of the 1,500+-strong exercise group are ready to give it a go while on a daily or weekly activity be it walking, running, cycling or even swimming and recording it on their sports tracking apps.

The most successful entry so far has been Kelly Beaumont with her ‘little piggy’ route complete with wiggly tail but the 6km entry by Terry Hill has us completed flummoxed – is it a bear rug?

However, need to add that Terry's 'Rory the Rhino' is fabulous and worthy of a prize, join the Nailsea Active Facebook page to view

The best animal and fun shape recorded on their apps would win an invitation to Nailsea Bowls Club Open Day in May.

Spokesman Mike West said: “We are all aware that during the various Covid-19 lockdowns that it has been increasingly important for people to remain active in an enjoyable way hence the animal shape challenge.

“Nailsea Bowls Club members will be looking forward to getting back on the bowls green this summer so they can restart their bowling activities.”

Nailsea Active spokesman Glen Schmidt said: “Our members love to have an interesting challenge set for them that is different to their daily routine.”

It was bowls club member Duncan Edler and Brian Powell who devised the shape challenge which has already been tried in other parts of the country.
Nailsea Bowls Club wants to promote its up-coming season which starts in April.and is a friendly and fun club which welcomes new members of any age or ability.

The Open Day(s) for 2021 are on Sunday and Monday, May 30-31.

For more details go to its Facebook page or email

Showing how it could be done is an entry from a Chelmsford parkrun in the shape of a shark or the London jogger who created a kangeroo - way to go Nailsea.

Getting ready to kick ball into play

Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club first team joint managers Jamie Smith and Nic Steadman are looking forward to the return of football.

The duo had led the team to a commanding top of the league unbeaten position in the Somerset County Premier league prior to the latest lockdown, however the season has now been curtailed.

While non league clubs wait for the next Football Association guidance, it is likely the club will be able to take part in a new cup competition during April and May.

Jamie said: "Everyone is looking forward to getting back out there on the pitch.

"The lads have been keeping fit but it’s not the same as having that competitive battle every Saturday."

The club has taken the opportunity to continue developing the ground at Fryth Way and should be in a position to announce some significant news in the next few weeks.

Nic Steadman said: "As most people are aware we were doing everything possible on and off the pitch to earn promotion into step 6 (Toolstation Western League).

"Fingers crossed this will still be possible and we will assure you that if that’s the case, then we will do everything we can do to be playing where we feel the club deserves to be."

BEDROCK BANNER: Pictured prior to lockdown from left assistant manager Rich Lucas with Nic Steadman and Jamie Smith


Swags net trio of goals


Mendip Broadwalk 0 Nailsea & Tickenham 3

The Swags were back in action after the recent lockdown and pause of grassroots football on Saturday, December 12.

An entertaining 3-2 win last time out against Mendip made this game an interesting prospect.

The home side started much brighter and Nailsea &Tickenham were forced back consistently inside the opening 15 minutes, Jason Mellor saving well from a close range effort and doing enough to put off the Mendip striker in another chance soon after. Ollie Carter then cleared off the line to keep the score level.

Louie Elliot made his debut and began to show what a great signing he may prove to be with some quick dribbles down the right hand side.

N&T grew into the game and opened the scoring. Chris Gale volleyed a loose ball back across goal following a corner and Luke Osgood headed in to make it 0-1. This remained the score going into half time.

N&T started the second half with more urgency, Elliot giving his marker a torrid time and the midfield of Pilgrim, Seeley and Trueman starting to control the game. The Swags made it 0-2 after an Eliot free kick was met at the back post by Dan Cook who headed back across to Osgood. The 'on form' striker acrobatically volleyed in with his left foot to give the Mendip keeper George Brimble no chance.

Now firmly in control, the Swags played some great football at times, Trueman impressing in midfield. There were further chances to increase the lead, Osgood close to a hat trick. It was substitute Jay Adams who made it three late on after an excellent run and finish to seal the three points.

An excellent second half display with joint managers Jamie Smith and Nick Steadman pleased with the clean sheet.

The Phil Johnson Property MOM was Sam Trueman.

Team - Mellor, Carter, Gale, Freeman, Cook, Pilgrim, Seeley, Trueman, Elliot, Manning, Osgood. Subs- Latta, Adams, Kingdon, C Parsons. 

To view more photos click HERE.

PHOTOS: Paul Harnden


They went down fighting


Worle 4  Nailsea United 0

It was a very young Nailsea United side that made the short trip to Worle on Saturday, December 12, for the resumption of the County League season.

The home side took the game to United from the outset with Charles Lovell coming off of his line well on five minutes to cut out a Worle attack.

On 18 minutes a Worle corner was headed over as they continued their assault on the United goal.

With 25 minutes gone Nailsea had some respite with Freddie King getting a shot away which was wide of the target. Worle were exploiting the space on the right of the Nailsea defence with Lovell keeping the game scoreless with a fine full length save on the half an hour mark.

Finally with five minutes to half time the United defence was undone with a Worle break down their left flank which created an opportunity for them to take the lead with a well taken goal which gave the young United keeper no chance.

Worst was to follow on the stroke of half time with a Worle second goal which was a repeat of the opener again scored when space was left on the right hand side of the United defence.


Worle 2 Nailsea United 0

Until five minutes before half time Nailsea had competed well without really troubling the Worle keeper but two clinical finishes saw them go into the break with a two goal deficit.

At the start of the second half Nailsea started strongly with a curling shot from the right by Ollie Babbington just going past the far post with five minutes played.

On 60 minutes a corner from the right by Freddie King was met on the volley by Tom Kemble which again rose just over the bar. At this point Nailsea made their first change when Babbington who was carrying an injury made way for Matt Day.

Worle weathered the improved Nailsea play to make a counter attack on 65 minutes which saw them cement their lead with a third goal when Lovell was unlucky to see the ball bounce off of his body to the feet of a Worle player who again found the back of the Nailsea net.

With 20 minutes remaining Nailsea made a double change with Ryan Ford and Elliott Moore giving way to Nathan Shipway and Joe Sharpes.

The home side scored goal number four when they played the ball down the middle to shoot past the advancing Lovell who got his hand to the ball but not enough to stop it trickling into the net.

The last 10 minutes showed that Nailsea were not going down without a fight with Nathan Shipway meeting a King corner from the right with a downward header which the keeper gathered.

Lastly Matt Day crossed from the left to find Ewan Williams but nothing positive came from his strike.

Despite the score line United competed well in all departments but Worle are a strong side with players that make no mistake when presented with goal opportunities.

The youngsters in the Nailsea side will only learn from games like this from which they will benefit as the season hopefully progresses.

Next week Nailsea are at home when Stockwood Wanderers are the visitors to The Grove. Kick off 2pm.

Other results

Reserves 1 Yatton & Cleeve 1

“A” team 5 (Jack Smith hat trick) Uphill Castle 3

Winscombe 4  Nailsea B 3

“C” team 4 (Charlie Parson hat trick)  Banwell 1


Ping Pong at Millennium Park

Ping! is on a mission to bring ping pong to the people!

And Millennium Park, Nailsea, could be the next place to get an outdoor table.

You can find its ping pong tables in unexpected places on the streets of towns and cities all over England; to join in the fun, people can simply head for a table and play… it’s absolutely free!

The ping pong parlour at Crown Glass Shopping Centre was closed last summer due to ‘vandalism’.

Nailsea Town Council environment and leisure committee is discussing whether to contribute to the £1,500 project supported by the neighbourhood police team who hope to establish a hub in the park nearest to the Scotch Horn Centre.

Also this committee is looking a indoor sport provision for the town as part of its Neighbourhood Plan and a draft report spells out what is needed within walking distance of all residents.

This surprisingly includes  the statement Nailsea is 'part of 11 LSOAs in North Somerset within the least deprived five per cent in England'.

This is being discussed at a council meeting on Wednesday evening, November 18.

To Zoom in go to:
Meeting ID: 814 0916 4357
Passcode: 888922

UPDATE: This initiative got the thumbs-up with the town council granted £150 towards the outdoor table tennis table.

Students sign-up for Priority football class

Priority Football Academy is recruiting student athletes for 2021.

Based at Nailsea School, the academy is looking for GCSE school leavers to join the programme at the Nailsea Sixth Form campus. 

Students will be able to incorporate football into their studies, with weekly training sessions during the school day and midweek fixtures in the ECFA league (English Colleges Football Association).

The training programme includes enjoyable, structured training sessions and can open doors to further opportunities within football and other sports. 

The sessions are led by UEFA qualified coaches – Robert Prior and Alex Lumsden.

Rob previously coached at the Bristol Rovers Academy where he worked alongside Alex.

Alex is also a Youth Development Phase Coach at Forest Green Rovers. 

Rob said:  “We look forward to working in partnership with Nailsea Sixth Form to develop athlete’s abilities and football skills and setting them on a path to an exciting future.

"We are excited to introduce performance technology into the programme that will provide accurate data to monitor and support our athletes’ development.”  

The programme will cover technical, tactical and physical aspects of football and works well alongside other sporting and health or science qualifications.

For more information regarding Priority Football Academy programme and other courses available at Nailsea Sixth Form visit the Nailsea School website HERE.

The Mustache Month

Who is doing Movember?

We know Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club players who always win by more than a whisker have signed up - anymore?

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide.

The chaps are looking to raise £1,000, which will go to the official Movember charity.

Pictured is first team player Aaron Latta.

Click HERE to go to the club’s fundraising page on the Movember site. 

Rick Hand, of Nailsea Auto Electrical, also has joined the Movember movement the leading charity changing the face of men's health.

HIs official fundraising page says 'Together we can make a difference for men's health – in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Help me stop men dying too young.'

Click HERE to donate to Rick and his team.

GARDENING DUTIES: Prior to the current lockdown, a team of lads from the Bristol City FC Robins Foundation completed some very welcomed ground works for Nailsea & Tickenham FC. The young group spent a week at Fryth Way as part of a community work experience project to support local football. Improvements were made to the changing room exterior including clearing a path at the back, painting work, weeding and general tidying. Joint first team manager Jamie Smith, who arranged the visit, said "Many thanks to the Bristol City Foundation and all the lads who did a great job at our ground. We really appreciated the support, in particular the work to pave the way for a new player and officials walkway to meet future requirements." With the current situation preventing the Swags playing or training during the lockdown, the players have turned their attention to raising funds for men’s mental health awareness via the Movember grow a moustache initiative - see top.

TOP TEAMS; Nailsea Junior Football Club has been given a generous grant towards pitch maintenance and installing a defibrillator at its Greenfield Crescent grounds. Nailsea Community Trust directors made a visit to the playing fields to announce the award of £2,000 for help with the annual costs of the astro training pitches and a contribution towards installing a defibrillator. Club chairman Matt Hicks gave heartfelt thanks on behalf of everyone – players and its management team. He said: “This come at the perfect time for the club after losing our main fundraising events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The grant from Nailsea Community Trust will benefit the whole of the community and not just the 450 plus young sports boys and girls currently playing for us.” Nailsea Community Trust was set up in the 1980s to help and support people and clubs in need. To learn more go to the website 



Back row Val Sly, Peter Massam, Nancy Elliot, Matt Hicks and Martin Elford.

Front row players from Nailsea u8s


First draw of new season


Nailsea & Tickenham 2 Middlezoy Rovers 2


Nailsea & Tickenham FC were held for the first time this season by a strong visiting side who made it a tough Saturday, October 24, for the Swags.

Joint managers Jamie Smith and Nic Steadman named an unchanged starring team after last weeks victory at Clutton.

The opening stages were cagey and N&T did not reach the levels of previous games, Middlezoy were very well organised and often had most of the team behind the ball defending well when N&T had the ball.

Freeman & Gale also had to be alert to defend the Middlezoy pressure. 

A counter attack by the Swags lead to the first goal as Joe Berry found himself through on goal, taking it round keeper Greg Turner and finishing superbly from a tight angle.  

N&T could not build on this and squandered possession too often as Middlezoy came forward on several occasions until they found an equaliser before half time.

A good ball down the left was squared past the onrushing George Gillingham for a simple tap in to make it 1-1 going into the half time break.

Josh Benjamin was introduced early in the second half as N&T looked to improve. The game was very even with both teams lacking clear cut chances. Middlezoy took the lead from a corner after a sailing cross  reached the back post and was met first by the away side to make it 1-2. 

N&T were now chasing a point and changed to a more attacking formation with Pat Riddell & Ollie Hogg now on the pitch. Gary Freeman cleared off the line from another Middlezoy corner. 

With greater urgency, N&T broke down the right on several occasions with Ollie Carter and Joe Berry causing problems. Berry drove into the box and was fouled with five minutes left to give the Swags a penalty.

Luke Osgood stepped up and made no mistake to make it 2-2. 

With only a couple of minutes left N&T had a couple of half chances, an Ollie Hogg shot went wide of the target.

Overall a competitive game with both sides settling for a point each.

Joint manager Jamie said: "Credit to Middlezoy who made it very difficult for us to build any momentum in the game.

"We were disappointed with the goals we conceded more than anything else today.

"With another important game next week we will certainly be looking to improve on today’s performance."

The Crago Motors MOM was Joe Berry

Squad - Gillingham, Carter, Last, Gale, Freeman, S Pilgrim, Trueman, Seeley, Latta, Berry, Osgood, Riddell, Benjamin, Hogg. 



Nailsea weekend winners


Clutton 0 Nailsea & Tickenham 3


Nailsea & Tickenham travelled to Clutton FC on Saturday, October 17, with the intention of continuing their unbeaten run in the Somerset County Premier Division, where they are top of the league.

The Swags started confidently showing no nerves, with James Seeley having an effort saved by the opposition keeper. Clutton’s defence, however, proved to be sloppy and the hosts were clearly none too satisfied with their start.

This allowed the Swags to exploit their nervy opponents and after 25 minutes that paid off for the visitors. James Seeley converted a cross from Luke Osgood, the result of a brilliant counterattack from Nailsea & Tickenham, to make it 1-0.

Clutton’s leaky defence was then tested with several great, but unsuccessful opportunities from Joe Berry. Shortly after Luke Osgood chested a cross to beautifully set-up a volley and drill the ball into the net to make it 2-0.

In the second half the visitors aimed to finish off the game early, but it took time to further dent their opponents. Joe Berry was yet to add his name to the scoresheet, but he did just that with a lovely goal with 20 minutes left, having previously missed an opportunity a couple of minutes earlier.

Although they were 3-0 up the Swags were also very solid in defence and managed to keep out a number of threats. Sub Josh Benjamin then had a great chance, but his effort was saved. Joe Berry almost had a second as he chipped the ball over the keeper, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and was subsequently cleared away.

The Swags held onto their winning streak with a convincing display and Chris Gale was Bloggs Salons Man of the Match.

After the games joint manager Nic Steadman said “We knew Clutton away was going to be a difficult fixture, so the game plan and prep was important to get right.

"From the first to the last minute we were really pleased with the attitude, quality and work rate the lads showed!

"We deserved the three points and come away very happy!

“The only disappointment in my eyes is that it was only 3-0 I think we could of added to that and should of been five or six goals.

"The lads are really trusting the process and it’s great to see!

“Overall a brilliant day for the Swags and we go again next week with another home game when they play Middlezoy Rovers."

Goals: James Seeley, Luke Osgood, Joe Berry

Team: Gillingham, Carter, Last, Pilgrim S, Gale, Freeman, Berry, Trueman, Osgood, Seeley, Latta

Subs: Riddell, Pilgrim M, Benjamin, Willshear

Additional match pictures HERE.

PHOTOS: Paul Harnden

MATCH REPORT: James Harnden


Chard Town 3 Nailsea United 6


Nailsea United took the long trip to South Somerset on Saturday, October 17, looking for points to enable them to climb the table.

Chard are also seeking to do the same with both clubs having only one win each to date.

The game started with Nailsea playing down the infamous slope, but it was Chard that nearly scored the first goal in the opening minute with Nailsea indebted to their young keeper Charles Lovell who did very well to save down at the bottom of the near post.

After this let off United got into their stride with an Adam Marsden cross controlled by Ewan Williams but his resultant shot was gathered by the home keeper. On ten minutes Chard took the lead when a cross from the left was stabbed home by an unmarked Chard player.

Within two minutes Nailsea were on terms when Ewan Williams found his strike partner Freddie King who fired home after cleverly making space. Four minutes later Nailsea took the lead following a Chard clearance that was picked up just inside their half by Mark Iles who took one touch to set himself before unleashing an unstoppable drive that beat the Chard keeper all ends up.

From the restart United won the ball giving Adam Marsden a shot on goal which was fumbled by the home keeper giving the alert Matt Day the chance to capitalise finding the back of the net to give his team a two goal cushion.

It was a goal feast as Chard replied on 18 minutes with a shot high into the Nailsea net. There was no let up in the goal action this time a cross from the right was volleyed expertly home by Ewan Williams to  put Nailsea into a 4-2 lead.

Everyone took a breath after the furious opening 20 minutes with both sides having chances. An acrobatic goal line clearance by Matt Day ensured that Chard did not add to their goal tally on 30 minutes. Five minutes later Nailsea lost Ollie Babbington with an injury being replaced by James Springett who was himself was returning to the squad after injury. On the stroke of half time Freddie King jinked inside from the left but his shot was just wide.


Chard Town 2 Nailsea United 4

In the first half United used the slope to their advantage but would have some defending to do in the second half. The one thing in their favour is that they in players like Mark Iles and James Springett who have the vision and skill to play long balls over the back of the Chard defence where the quick silver pair of King and Williams could take advantage.

As expected Chard took the game to Nailsea and were unlucky to hit the outside of the post on 49 minutes. Five minutes later a corner by King was met by Captain Mike Rowcliffe but his powerful header was too high. With 65 minutes gone tenacious play by Matt Day set up a chance for James Springett but the shot was wide.

Freddie King was running the Chard defence ragged with his speed and control usually ending in a foul as the home defenders tried to stop him. It was a King corner that gave Nailsea the next chance this time Matt Day headed over the bar. The visiting defence were coping well but it required a brilliant save by Charles Lovell clawing the ball away high to his left to keep the score unchanged.

There were many goals that could be called the best of the season in this match but on 80 minutes James Springett played the ball down the right flank to Matt Day who hit a first time shot on the angle which flew past the bemused keeper before he had time to react. Even the Chard supporters showed their appreciation.

Chard were not finished as they scored their third goal on 83 minutes with a shot from their left. With five minutes remaining Sam Olsen who worked tirelessly throughout was replaced by Tom Cattermole. With only seconds remaining Springett once again set King away towards the Chard defence. A low cross into the danger area saw a panicking Chard defender blast the ball into his own net for goal number six to Nailsea.

After too many defeats by the odd goal it was great to see that Nailsea have found their shooting boots with goals shared by their attackers plus a typical goal by Mark Iles. The whole of the defence must be congratulated in withstanding the Chard attack particularly in the second half when the home side had the slope in their favour.

Next week Nailsea take a similar journey when they travel to Ilminster Town but with renewed confidence following this win.

In other scores the Reserves overcame Combe St Nicholas 5-3 with the A team being beaten by Churchill 4-0.

Next week at The Grove the A team host Clevedon United KV. Kick off 3pm.

Match report: Roger Lock


N&TFC winning run continues


Nailsea & Tickenham 3 Chard Town 0

Nailsea & Tickenham aimed to continue their winning run to the start of the season as they took on Chard Town on a cold Saturday, October 10, at Fryth Way in the Somerset County Premier Division.

The Swags started the game with stream of early opportunities. Luke Osgood had two good chances to net the opener but fell short and Joe Berry had his effort palmed off target, allowing the visiting defence to clear.

Nailsea & Tickenham were dealt with a blow as Sam Trueman was sin-binned for 10 minutes for dissent towards the referee, and later in the half Zac Andrews was injured and replaced by Jack Last.

The Swags then had several attempts to take the lead from Chris Gale, Joe Berry and Gary Freeman, but just couldn’t find what they were looking for. Chard had managed to frustrate their opposition and keep the game goal less into half-time.

Chard started the second half with defensive solidity, keeping out opportunities for Jack Last and Luke Osgood, but would eventually succumb to a goal from Oli Carter who made the most of a Chard defensive error to make it 1-0.

James Seeley and Luke Osgood continued to have chances to further the lead, but to no avail. Osgood eventually hit the target with 13 minutes left to double the Swags’ advantage, and just before the end he got his brace, reacting the quickest to a free ball from close range.

Despite the tough initial task of beating their opposition, Nailsea & Tickenham dug deep late on to break down Chard and to collect another 3 well-earned points.

After the game joint first team manager Nic Steadman said: “Today was a different test for our lads and it was interesting to see how we handled it!

“Chard came to Fryth Way with a game plan to park the bus from the first minute and in the first half it worked.

"We were on top creating chances but just not being clinical enough.

“The second half was a different story, we changed our game plan and boy did it work!

"We moved the ball a lot quicker and made the right runs to really trouble them.

"Unlucky with not getting a couple of penalties, but three goals, three points and we will happily take that and go again next week with a real tough test.”

The Swags play Clutton First away next week.

Goals: Carter, Osgood (2)

Team: Gillingham, Carter, Gale, Pilgrim, Andrews, Freeman, Berry, Trueman, Osgood, Seeley, Latta

Subs: Last, Riddell, Willshear, Steadman

In other results Burnham United 1 Nailsea and Tickenham Reserves 0.

PHOTOS: Paul Harnden

MATCH REPORT: James Harnden


Nailsea United 0  Clutton 1

On a bright and breezy autumn Saturday, October 10, Nailsea United played hosts to Clutton.

Both sides were in need of points after indifferent starts to the league campaign.

It was the visitors that were quickest out of the blocks but the United defence stood strong. On 10 minutes Steve Jarotz played Adam Marsden in with a sight on goal but his shot was wide of the target. The next action saw Clutton volley over the bar with keeper Lovell untroubled.

Nailsea were now having more of the ball but could they turn this into goals?

Mike Rowcliffe met a corner with his head but again it was wide. The same player was on the end of a neat move but could not convert. With 20 minutes played Freddie King made space for himself but with the best chance of the game so far he also shot wide. King was showing neat touches and a piece of close control gave him another half chance, yet again the visiting keeper was not troubled.

Were Nailsea to pay for these missed opportunities?

Clutton weathered the storm as half time approached with a free kick over the bar and as the official was looking at his watch a Clutton player turned and shot but Lovell beat the ball away to safety.

HALF TIME: Nailsea United 0  Clutton 0


An even half of football with neither keeper overworked as the defences held.

On 56 minutes Clutton took the lead with a soft goal which was headed into the Nailsea net from close range by an unmarked player. The visitors could have doubled their lead with a free kick from the left which was headed powerfully towards goal only to fly over the bar. The first United change came on 65 minutes with Matt Day being replaced by Sam Olsen.

Nailsea began  ringing the changes five minutes later when Adam Marsden made way for Elliot Moore. Try as they might Nailsea could not unlock the Clutton defence. They had two free kicks in good positions but the first rebounded from the defensive wall the second was blazed over the bar. In the end Clutton easily saw the game out taking with them the three points.

For the third time in the opening five matches Nailsea lost by the odd goal.

With injuries playing a part in the selection process they are relying on a very young squad which may be beneficial in the long run but at the moment they need a goal scorer to take advantage of their approach play.

Next week they travel to Chard in search of getting their league programme back on track.

Other results:

  • Winscombe 2 Reserves 1

  • A team 1 St George in Gordano 3

  • B team 2 Hutton 4

  • Yatton & Cleeve 0 Colts 7

At The Grove on Saturday, October 17,  the Reserves entertain Combe St Nicholas. Kick off 3pm.


Walking, running and jumping for charity

Ringers Relay mark two is about to come under starters orders.

The Ring O’Bell pub raised an amazing £6,805 in May for the Children’s Hospice South West based at Charlton Farm, Wraxall.

Now it has inviting people to get active and to do it all over again but this time it’s called Minutes For Mind when those taking part with be invited to get sponsorship to support Bristol Mind.

The aims of the charity are to promote a positive view of mental health and provide services that are accessible, relevant, and empowering to the people using them.

Organiser Becky Williams is the driving force behind the event.

She said: “Can you believe it’s been five months since the Ringers Relay where we raised £6,805 and just as importantly got ourselves moving to collectively travel the distance of Bristol to Kuwait!

“With the government recommendation for us all to be at home more we feel the time is right to come together again to be more active and help our physical and mental health.

“The Ringers Relay was so brilliant to take part in because it allowed something positive to come out of a rubbish situation and we hope this can be the same so I’m introducing to you to Minutes for Mind.”

What people have to do is sign-up for any form of exercise - run, walk, cycle, play football, anything - for at least 20 minutes a day for 10 days.

Becky will put together the goals and give those taking part a team target.

The start date is Monday, October 5 and the finish is on Wednesday, October 14.

It is open to all ages and levels of fitness.

Last time Becky completed 33 miles ending with a 10K run in the time span.

Becky said: “On my last run I was halfway round when I burst into tears as the support has been so overwhelming.

“Lots of people are struggling financially at this time and don’t have spare cash to give to charities so I just couldn’t believe the final figure we raised in a fortnight.”

Go to the Ring O’Bells Facebook page to tell Becky you are in or alternatively use the Just Giving page HERE.


More than 200 people have registered for the Rotary Charity Walk which launches on Sunday, October 11.

Walkers and runners can use the ‘virtual’ sign-In and choose to complete one of three routes between Sunday and Saturday, October 11-31.

Rotarian Clive Hawkins said: “Participants can take part any day between the given dates and many are sponsored to support local good causes.”

More information can be found on Nailsea Charity Walks Facebook page or click HERE.

Aiming for new shooting range club

Sports physiotherapist Emma Klijn wants to set up an airgun target shooting club in Nailsea.

There used to be a target practise night at the Ring O’Bell pub but this has now moved to Long Ashton.

Emma said: “I used to shoot internationally and after a 10 year break, I have returned the sport to find there are no facilities locally.

“Where there are facilities, they are a closed door or do not accommodate 10 metre air pistol or rifle.

“I have a promising venue with two very exciting options for setting up a permanent 10m air shooting range.

“One is much bigger than the other with a 20 yard and 25 meter distance on offer.

“Disabled access is also available as I want to open this sport up to as many as possible.”

Emma needs help to get this off the ground with a committee and grants.

She has set up a Nailsea & Backwell Target Sports Club Facebook page or you can email

Air pistol and rifle shooting offers many competitive sports:

  • 10m air pistol and air rifle men’s, women’s, pairs, mixed pairs, para, juniors

  • Pony Club tetrathlon and modern pentathlon

  • Target sprint shoot, run 400m, shoot, run 400m, shoot, run 400m

  • 25m sport pistol (pre. 22 pistol shooting) 30 shots with five min per shot, 30 shots with three second to shoot seven second rest every five

  • 20yd rifle men, women, para, juniors

Emma added: “It is a very rewarding sport that can be for anyone aged more than eight years.

“It’s a fantastic para sport for those with disabilities.”
Long Ashton District Rifle Club is run in association with Pass It On Young Sports.

Club secretary Anthony Willis said: “There are new rules with Covid-19 and social distancing.”Slots must be pre-booked on 0750 196 2893 or contact Anthony via the club website HERE for more details.


Another week, another win


Keynsham Town Reserves 1  Nailsea & Tickenham 5


After three back to back home wins Nailsea & Tickenham played their first away fixture of the season at the AJN Stadium, where they took on Keynsham Town Reserves on a stormy Saturday, October 3, in the Uhlsport Somerset County League.

Of late the Swags have been starting games with a bang and that is exactly what happened again as Chris Gale scored from a free kick in the first minute to make it 1-0.

That soon became 2-0 as Captain Joe Berry continued his fine goal scoring form. The Swags then nearly had a third, but Tyler Manning’s effort was denied. Despite the early pressure Keynsham came back with a good effort from Ayomide Ajijedidun, but he was denied by a great save from Swags keeper George Gillingham. Ajijedidun then had another good effort hit the post a few minutes later.

Further attempts from Tyler Manning and James Seeley the Swags couldn’t get a third goal before the interval. Joe Berry even put the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be ruled offside. 

After half-time the Swags needed a third goal to kill off the game. Within the first 10 minutes of the second half they did exactly that, as Tyler Manning converted a rebounded shot to make it 3-0.

Joe Berry made it 4-0 just before the hour mark after beating the keeper from a free kick. He was denied his hat-trick as he was substituted minutes after his second goal.

There were opportunities at both ends for Luke Osgood and Ayomide Ajijedidun, but with 10 minutes left Osgood gave Nailsea & Tickenham their fifth goal.

In spite of Swags’ dominance, a couple of minutes later Keynsham’s Tom Johnson got their first goal of the game, a meek consolation as Nailsea & Tickenham held out for a convincing 5-1 victory.

After the game joint first team manager Jamie Smith said “The lads were excellent from the first minute, it was great to see us take an early lead again. We have suffered injuries to three key players during the past week and it goes to show how much a quality squad is needed.

"Our chairman has been self-isolating for two weeks and I’m glad we could put in such a great performance for him to watch on his return!.

"We are really looking forward to the next game at home against Chard on Saturday, October 10.”

Team: Gillingham (C), Carter, Gale, Pilgrim S, Andrews, Freeman, Berry, Trueman, Osgood, Seeley, Manning

Subs: Pilgrim M, Latta, Last

Goals: N&TFC: Berry 2, Gale 1, Manning 1, Osgood 1; KT Reserves: Johnson 1

Nailsea and Tickenham Reserves game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

PHOTOS: Paul Harnden

MATCH REPORT: James Harnden

Top Nailsea teams win



Nailsea & Tickenham 3 Mendip Broadwalk 2

Nailsea & Tickenham FC welcomed Mendip Broadwalk to Fryth Way for their third consecutive home game in the Uhlsport Somerset County League season on Saturday, September 26.

The Swags aimed to maintain their winning streak to stay top of the table by inflicting damage early on, and that’s exactly what they did when Joe Berry continued his goal-scoring run to head in a cross making it 1-0 within the first minute.

Nailsea & Tickenham may have been quick out of the blocks, but after the opening goal Mendip Broadwalk started to get back into the swing of things upping the speed and energy of the game.

After the 20-minute mark Luke Osgood had a couple of decent chances to try and double the Swags’ lead, coming to no avail.

The half was an end to end encounter with no dominant team and several turnovers in play.

Towards the end of the first half there were on target efforts for Scott Pilgrim and Luke Osgood, but they were unable to find the back of the net. 

After half-time Mendip Broadwalk started to frustrate the home side and were showing glimpses of a potential equaliser.

However, just before the hour mark N&T won a penalty when Luke Osgood was taken down by the opposition keeper. Osgood stepped up and converted from the spot to make it 2-0.

Mendip Broadwalk were clearly annoyed and feeling aggrieved, but 10 minutes later it was 3-0 when Luke Osgood found Joe Berry, who beat the defender, and slotted the ball between the legs of the keeper.

Mendip Broadwalk managed to reply just a few minutes later after substitute Archie Jefferies found the back of the net to make it 3-1.

The Swags focused on seeing out the game but were dealt a blow with a hamstring injury to captain Dan Cook.

The delay would hurt them as the away side then pulled another one back when Joe Brimble scored in a scramble following a corner.

The Swags managed to hold on to a thrilling third consecutive win of the season.

Joint first team manager Rich Lucas said: “A great result against a very physical side, scoring after 43 seconds and playing some great attacking football, we defended superbly to grind out a well-deserved three points.

"The lads are still learning how we are trying to play this season and each week they are progressing well.”

Man of the match was awarded to Swags player Gary Freeman, sponsored by Marc Ashley Mortgage Advice Bureau.

The Swags face Keynsham Town away next weekend.

N&TFC team: Gillingham, Carter, Gale, Pilgrim S, Cook, Freeman, Berry, Trueman, Osgood, Latta and Benjamin.

Subs: Manning, Seeley, Pilgrim M and Wallington

Nailsea and Tickenham Reserves travelled to AFC Minehead drawing 1-1, with a last-minute equaliser thanks to Wes Bracey.

Man of the match was awarded to Jared Ford who is sponsored by Jungle Green.

PHOTOS: Paul Harnden

MATCH REPORT: James Harnden


Stockwood Wanderers 1  Nailsea United 2


Following two narrow defeats Nailsea travelled to Stockwood Wanderers on Saturday, Septmber 26, looking to get their season underway. In a change of formation Stuart Lee would start the match in attack.

On four minutes a Jamie Butt corner was volleyed over the bar by Stuart Lee. A minute later Stockwood had the chance to score but the shot was wide. Nailsea looking much sharper had another opportunity from a Jamie Butt corner but Stuart Lee could not find the target with his header.

On the quarter of an hour mark Ewan Williams played Stuart Lee in with only the keeper to beat but the normally deadly striker dragged his shot wide. Nailsea finally made their approach play tell on 21 minutes when Lee broke away down the right before finding Ewan Williams in the middle, the youngster showed great skill and composure outwitting his marker before slotting the ball past the keeper.

With 25 minutes played Jamie Butt finally gave in to the injury he was carrying making way for Mark Iles. The game became more even but with five minutes of the half remaining United doubled their lead. Matt Day picked up the ball on the left to start a strong run leaving his defender in his wake before crossing to find Stuart Lee, this time there was no mistake as he found the back of the Stockwood net. In the final minute Ewan Williams had the chance to put the match to bed but could not beat the keeper in a one on one situation.



Stockwod Wanderers 0 Nailsea United 2

United were well worth their lead playing positive football in pressurising the home defence. In the second half the home side would have the benefit of the gusty wind.

Nailsea were put under pressure from the start with Stockwood reducing the arrears on 58 minutes with a shot from the left which carried on the wind beyond the reach of keeper Charles Lovell. On 70 minutes Stuart Lee left the field to be replaced by Charles Clode. Stockwood sensed an equaliser with United grateful to Charles Lovell who did well to gather a shot at full stretch to keep his side in the lead.

The United defence stood strong as the pressure increased but never really looked in trouble. In the final minute Ryan Ford was replaced by Thomas Kemble as Nailsea saw out the remaining time to secure the points.

So, three points for United who gave a much better performance than in their previous two fixtures.

Each player did their bit but a special mention for keeper Charles Lovell who showed good handling in difficult conditions.

On Saturday, October 3, Nailsea travel to Clevedon United and at The Grove the Reserves host Somerton Town.

All games kick off at 3pm.

Other results:

  • Reserves 4  Draycott 1

  • A team 1 Shipham 1

  • B team 0 Yatton & Cleeve 7

  • Drayott 0 Colts 1 - keeping their 100% record



Octogoal win for N&TFC


Nailsea & Tickenham 8 Stockwood Green 0

It was a ruthless home victory for Nailsea & Tickenham FC on Saturday, September 19, when Stockwood Green went away with a nil scoresheet.

The Swags were in action in the Uhlsport Somerset County League Premier Division at Fryth Way on a sunny and windy Saturday afternoon.

Aiming to replicate their opening day win against Clevedon United Swags player Luke Osgood had an early opportunity to grab the lead, but was unlucky when he sent his effort wide.

There was then a long stoppage as Stockwood Green’s Mark Leigh suffered a knee injury after colliding with Swags keeper Jason Mellor.

The Swags continued to try and gain an early lead with Joe Berry sending in a cross that failed to connect, and a few minutes later Berry himself drilled a shot over the bar.

At the 20-minute mark the Swags took the lead as Craig Burchill broke past the Stockwood Green defence, and their keeper, to slot the ball into an empty net making it 1-0.

The remainder of the half played out without too many opportunities for the Swags, although Osgood did have a shot saved. Before the end of the half there was another injury for Stockwood Green, this time for Scott Collier.

In the second half the Swags wanted to rattle their opposition and that is what they did when Joe Berry converted from the back post to make it 2-0.

That became 3-0 just past the hour when Aaron Latta took advantage of a miscommunication between the Stockwood Green defence and their keeper. Luke Osgood finally broke his duck when he headed in Joe Berry’s cross to make it 4-0.

Josh Benjamin had two opportunities either side of Berry’s second and the Swags’ fifth goal.

Then Aaron Latta found his second goal when his shot deflected off the Stockwood Green defence to make it 6-0.

Josh Benjamin made it 7-0 minutes later to give Stockwood Green a huge conundrum after they had conceded five goals in 12 minutes.

Their manager was now livid and the frustration from their players was plain to see.

With 10 minutes left Joe Berry sealed his hat-trick, he had put an attempt over, but tried again scoring a peach of a goal, beating the keeper from the left side edge of the box into the top right corner to make it 8-0.

Overall, it was a ruthless victory for the Swags, to put them top of the league with two wins from two. 

Ollie Carter was the Bennetts Barber Company man of the match.

First team joint manager Nic Steadman said: "We were really pleased with the effort the lads put in today and I would say it was a real professional performance.

"It’s very easy to let the standards drop when the score line gets bigger and bigger, but we showed real class from start to finish and that’s something we are really pleased with.

"The first half we didn’t play the way we wanted to and what we had worked on in training, but after the half time team talk, that 45 minutes for me was outstanding from every player involved.

"Scoring seven goals in 45 minutes at this level is something you have to be proud of with all the focus now is on next week's game at home to Mendip Broadwalk FC."

Team: Mellor, Carter, Gale, Pilgrim, Cook, Freeman, Berry, Trueman, Osgood, Burchill, Latta

Subs: Benjamin, Pilgrim, Wallington, Andrews, Walker


PHOTOS: Paul Harnden

MATCH REPORT: James Harnden


Nailsea United 2  Worle 3


For their first home game of the season on  a winday Saturday afternoon, September 19, Nailsea played hosts to Worle.

United had the benefit of the breeze and took full advantage taking the game to the visitors.

They were rewarded with the opening goal on three minutes from a corner from the left by James Springett which Matt Day attacked sending the ball against the bar.

The rebound was seized upon by Joe Pratt who made no mistake in finding the back of the Worle net.

On five minutes the strike duo of Matt Day and Nathan Shipway combined with the former sending a curling shot on goal which was saved by the keeper.

Nailsea were not to be denied a second goal with Ewan Williams keeping his composure to the left of the goal before finding Matt Day who beat the keeper easily to double the United advantage.

The half became more even as Worle recovered from the Nailsea onslaught.

From a Joe Pratt throw in Shipway turned and shot only to see his effort go just wide of the post. Two minutes before the break came the moment that was to be discussed at half time by the crowd. Worle were awarded a free kick on the left which was floated into the Nailsea penalty area.

Young keeper Charles Lovell rose to gather but under pressure from a Worle player was unable to gather cleanly, the ball fell loose allowing Worle to shoot into an empty net.

Ninety nine times out of a hundred a foul would be awarded but not on this occasion.

The last kick of the match was a James Springett free kick which the away keeper tipped over the bar.



Nailsea United 2 Worle 1


From cruising with a handy lead United would be put under great pressure as Worle would have the wind advantage in the second half.Sure enough Worle took the game to Nailsea but could not find the equaliser. In fact Nailsea had the golden opportunities to put clear daylight between the two sides with a five minute spell starting on 52 minutes when Nathan Shipway was clear with only the keeper to beat but on both occasions he dragged his shots wide of the target.Nailsea were unlucky to lose mid fielder James Springett with injury on 55 minutes with Jamie Butt coming on.

With 30 minutes remaining United made another change with Ewan Williams giving way to Steve Jarosz.

He immediately was unlucky when he was given a half chance. The final change was made with 10 minutes remaining with Harry Watts taking the place of Joe Pratt.

With 5 minutes remaining brilliant close control on the goal line to the right of goal by Steve Jarosz saw him create a chance out of nothing crossing for Matt Day but the keeper was equal to his shot.

You had the feeling that this was not to be United’s day and sure enough with three minutes of normal time remaining Worle scored what proved to be the winning goal with a shot that found the back of the net just inside the post.

A desperately disappointing result for Nailsea in a game of two halves.

The away side took full advantage of the elements against a Nailsea side that struggled to contain them once the second half started.

United will rue missed chances which hopefully in games to come will be taken.

On Saturday, September 26, United travel to South Bristol to play Stockwood Wanderers.

At The Grove the reserves entertain  Draycott.

All kick offs

In other matches the scores were:

  • Stockwood Green Res 0 Nailsea United Res 6

  • Clapton 5  Nailsea “A” 2

  • Nailsea “B” 0 Worle Rangers 5

  • Nailsea Colts 2 AFC Nailsea Res 0


2nd half disaster

The goal let offs gave new impetus to the Worle team equalising from a free kick on the left which was firmly headed home by an unmarked attacker to bring the scores equal.

The pressure from the away side was unrelenting with Nailsea giving the ball back to them on too many occasions when clearing their lines.


N&T win first home match of season


Nailsea & Tickenham FC 1 Clevedon Utd 0


The eagerly awaited season opener saw local rivals N&T host Clevedon Utd in the Somerset County Premier division.

Both sides had strong squads out, and off the back of a successful pre season with both clubs beating higher status opposition, this game was always going to be very competitive.

Playing at a high tempo from the start, Clevedon had the first chance forcing captain Jason Mellor into an early save.

N&T grew into the game and looked to break at pace to cause Clevedon problems. Pilgrim and Seeley covered the midfield ground well, with Aaron Latta playing at number 10 supporting the attacks.

A chance fell to Jack Last after Dan Cook headed a Latta cross back into the box, but keeper J Dunn gathered well. 

The breakthrough came after 25 minutes when neat play from the midfield fed Joe Berry on the edge of the box, Berry turned his man and produced a superb right footed finish into the corner, giving the Swags a 1-0 lead.

N&T struggled to get into their rhythm as both teams aggressively pressed each other during the rest of the first half, with bookings for both teams.

N&T introduced Chris Gale for the second half as the Swags looked to kill the game off with a second, Thorne and Purnell upfront for Clevedon always a threat. Osgood had a great chance to lob the poorly positioned James Dunn but couldn’t covert. Osgood then hit the bar with a powerful drive but Clevedon cleared. 

Craig Burchill replaced Latta and had a great chance when through on goal but Dunn saved from close range. Clevedon had C Dunn sent off for a second yellow during the final stages as the game ended 1-0 without N&T being able to add to the score line after several chances. Johnson’s Property MOM was Joe Berry

Team- Mellor, Carter, Freeman, Cook, Bracey, S Pilgrim, Seeley, Latta, Last, Berry, Osgood, Gale, Burchill, Benjamin

PHOTOS in slideshow: Paul Harnden 

United lose first away match of season


Westfield 2 Nailsea United 1

For the opening game of the 2020-21 season on Saturday, September 12, Nailsea United travelled to the outskirts of Midsomer Norton to play Westfield.

Nailsea were the first on the attack with Stuart Lee trying long shot on four minutes but the home keeper was not troubled. The visitors continued to take the game to Westfield with Ryan Ford sending a searching cross from the right on nine minutes but none of his forwards could supply the necessary touch.

The best chance came a minute later following a good pass from Adam Marsden on the left to find striker Nathan Shipway who held his marker off well before sending a fierce shot which the keeper pushed over the bar for a corner.

Westfield took their time to get into the game but on 14 minutes a Nailsea defender was adjudged by the referee to have handled inside the box with the Westfield penalty taker easily scoring from the spot.

Undaunted United continued to play from the back having the majority of the ball. On 18 minutes a quality ball from Stuart Lee found Matt Day but he was unable to find the target.

The Westfield attacks were sporadic but on 24 minutes a shot from distance was tipped around the post by young keeper Ben Tooth to keep the deficit to one goal. On the half an hour mark a well worked move saw Shipway with a sight on goal but the end product was wide of the target.

Just as half time was approaching another series of passes gave Steve Jaroz a half chance to the right of goal which the home keeper managed to push around the post for a corner. The resultant corner kick was met by the head of Nathan Shipway but once again not on target.


Westfield 1 Nailsea United 0

Although having the majority of ball possession Nailsea could not find that final pass to unlock the Westfield defence. When they did better finishing could have brought the rewards their approach play deserved.

The second half started as the first half finished with United moving forward but miss hit passes made it easy for the home side to defend. Against the run of play on 65 minutes Westfield doubled their lead with a quick break out of defence which found Ben Tooth out of position in no man’s land to be beaten by a well judged lob into the Nailsea net.

Immediately Nailsea made a double substitution with Ryan Ford and Nathan Shipway giving way to youngsters Ewan Williams and Harry Watts. These changes added momentum to the United attack which was rewarded by a fine goal by Harry Watts picking out the far corner with a shot from the right.

It seemed that United must find the equaliser as Westfield were pushed back with Matt Day going close after controlling a pass from the right only to see his effort go just the wrong side of the post. Next it was Ewan Williams that created an opportunity as he did well to cross into the danger area but once again that final touch was missing.

With 10 minutes remaining the final change was made with Sam Olsen being replaced by Mike Price. He almost had an immediate effect rising well to meet a corner by James Springett but his powerful header somehow did not cross the line. In the last moments of the game Matt Day was unlucky when he turned well forcing the home keeper to push the ball around the post.

It was the home side that were the most grateful when the official called time as they hung on to take the three points.

While being disappointed with not at least having a share of the points the Nailsea side will on another day have notched several goals with better finishing. It was encouraging to see several promising moments by the young players on display from which they will benefit for the future.

In other games there were mixed fortunes with the Reserves losing by the odd goal in five. The A side losing 6-1 but better news from the B team who scored three goals without reply whilst the Colts went on a goal spree winning 8-1.

On Saturday, September 19 the 1st team is at home to Worle with a 3pm kick off.

Report Roger Lock

Western League here we come

Nailsea and Tickenham Football Club has been given planning permission by North Somerset Council to build a new clubhouse, floodlights and other ground improvements at its Fryth Way ground.

These improvements are required for entry into Western League football.

This will pave the way for a much higher standard of football and enable the club to enter prestigious competitions such as the FA cup, something that has never been possible before from a local side.

Following this, the club’s medium-term aims are to expand the player base to include an under 18s side and mixed junior football for the boys and girls of Nailsea and Tickenham to enjoy.

Club treasurer John Murray said: "This is the culmination of two years work since the original planning of the ground development commenced.

"During this time the football club have worked collaboratively with our experts and the planning staff of NSC to arrive at a design that ensures the bats and other wildlife in the area are adequately protected while also meeting the specific ground requirements of the FA.”

The club thanks North Somerset planning and regulatory chairman Andy Cole who is the ward councillor for Nailsea Golden Valley, Nailsea Town Council, North Somerset MP Liam Fox, Abacus Lighting, Smart Ecology, arboricultural consultant Tim Pursey and architect Will Falconer for their support and help.

No date for work to start or the cost of the project has been disclosed or whether the pylons which straddle the site will have to be removed first.

PHOTO: Treasurer John Murray and district councillor Andy Cole

Get well fundraising for Emma from rugby club

Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club is raising money to help their physiotherapist who broke her back in a riding accident.

Emma Klijn, aged 37, fractured her spine in several places while training for a showjumping competition.

The rugby club hosted a fundraising barbecue at the weekend and raised £313.70 to help support Emma while she is unable to work.

Emma moved to Nailsea in 2016 and 18 months ago moved her business to the Old Vicarage, Somerset Square.

She has been supporting the players at the West End sports club for some time and in appreciation of her work they have also set up a Just Giving page to help her towards her loss of earnings while recovering from the accident.

Emma said: “The accident happened on Thursday, August 27, during a showjumping training exercise.

“My horse Zee and I were doing some complicated lines and we got one of the jumps a bit wrong and the horse frightened herself when she hit a pole.

“She then shot off to the right and I went left landing directly on my back.

“I was positive it was all just muscle spasm but unfortunately the CT showed extensive fractures throughout my thoracic spine.

“One of which (T3) was possibly requiring surgery to stabilise, but fortunately it was deemed safe.

“There were also two fractures within the lumbar spine.

Nailsea physio breaks back in riding accident

“Although this all feels very unlucky, I am very lucky not to be paralysed and on a ventilator!

“It is going to be almost three months before I can work again which is a big hit following the COVID enforced shutdown for three months already.

“As a type 1 diabetic I find it impossible to get health insurance or income protection, they see me as too much of a risk despite being a sporty healthcare professional.

“It was a complete surprise the rugby club had set up a fundraiser, such a wonderful community there, they make you feel like extended family.

“My horse is absolutely fine and I’m determined to come back stronger, it’ll just take time.”

Emma is considered one of the Bristol area’s top sports injury physios and she blogs about her life with diabetes and eventing on Facebook and Instagram.

To help Emma’s fund click HERE.

THIS SPORTING LIFE: Two fantastic sporting photos of Nailsea people. First we have Elizabeth Anderson getting ready for deadlifts At The Gym, Blackfriar Road and then we have a surfers eye view of Phil Williams 'under the curtain in a small tube ride' at The Wave a Bristol-based inland surf a 20 minute trip fron Nailsea for the Christian Surfer expert

Book for Nailsea bike bonanza 

Calling all Nailsea cyclists - on Saturday, September 12, 10am-4pm this event is it at Millennium Park BUT you need to book for maintenance checks.

If you need guidance on local routes, require the confidence to start riding on the roads, are interested in group-led rides, please come along for a chat. You can also pick up some freebies!

We are very excited to be able to offer on the day FREE Dr Bike safety checks for those with bikes that need checking over or if you are yet to even get yours out of the garage and want to ensure it is safe to ride!

Please ensure you pre-book this service.

Short taster sessions on how to repair punctures plus checking your gears and brakes are also available – again these must be pre-booked (all links below).

All places are limited so be quick!

The police will also be in attendance offering bike registration - no need to book for this, just turn up and within a couple of minutes your bike will be registered on the national database to help with recovery if it ever gets stolen.

Booking links:

Just what the doctor ordered

North Somerset doctors are helping to the keep the community fit and healthy by funding the development of a new initiative called Nailsea Active.

Coming under the umbrella of Nailsea Community Group a support grant has been awarded by Tyntesfield Medical Group which has surgeries in Nailsea, Backwell and Long Ashton.

The undisclosed amount it to fund Nailsea Active from September 2020 to February 2021 to develop its reach.

Nailsea Active was created by resident and Covid-19 volunteer Glen Schmidt during lockdown to provide a range of free activity content via the Nailsea Community Group Facebook page.

Online activities have ranged from live yoga, quizzes and fitness classes all aimed at keeping residents physically and mentally active.

Nailsea Active has then started producing podcasts by interviewing organisers of clubs and activity groups giving them the opportunity to introduce residents to what they do, how to get involved and also what to expect when attending joining for the first time.

These podcasts were a huge success with more than 1,700 downloads and the Facebook page 800 plus followers.

The FB group is now sharing local walking, running and cycling routes, shared announcements by clubs for open days and events.

The grant from Tyntesfield Medical Group is to allow Glen to dedicate his time to developing Nailsea Active during a six month period and to covers the activity groups and clubs operating across Nailsea, Backwell, Long Ashton and the parishes in between.  

Tyntesfield Medical Group executive manager Lawie Lewis said: “Individuals improving and maintaining good physical and mental health is one of the most important things they can do to prevent the onset and worsening of so many chronic and debilitating health conditions.

“The work of volunteers in the community to support others during lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has been amazing and we really want to be part of a positive legacy that will remain for the benefit of the communities health long after Covid-19 has been eradicated.

“Failure to support this initiative would have been a lost opportunity for us to inspire everyone to improve their health, both mental and physical.”  

“The main focus will be on growing the interaction on the Nailsea Active Facebook group as well as developing a dedicated website.

“Together we hope they will make it easy for residents to find and then access the amazing activity trails, groups and club's in line with their interests.”

Glen said: “We are extremely grateful for all of the support from the Tyntesfield Medical Group throughout the COVID crisis and even more so for the grant they have now provided.

“The funding will allow us to develop Nailsea Active in the hope that we can help inspire as many residents as possible across Nailsea, Backwell and Long Ashton to find something that helps them stay both mentally and physically active.”

To join the Facebook page click HERE.



PHOTO: From left is Tyntesfield Medical Group social prescriber Helen Todd and

executive manager Lawrie Lewis with Nailsea Active lead Glen Schmidt

FINAL PRESEASON FRIENDLY: Full time score Nailsea and Tickenham FC 3 - 0 Longwell Green FC. Nailsea and Tickenham FC beat Longwell Green FC three goals to nil in their last first team friendly of the summer played at Fryth Way. A very promising sign for the season ahead. Even more satisfying for the Swags is that Longwell Green play in the Toolstation Western League, effectively two leagues above them. There were two goals for Joe Berry and one for Jack Last, with this win making it five out of five for the first team during the pre-season summer friendlies. The club also field a reserves team who have also had a great round of summer friendlies, and a new veterans side play for the first time on August 6. Pictures and report by Paul Harnden

Official match report win win

N&T hosted Western premier league side Longwell Green in its last preseason friendly before the new season starts.
Joint managers Alan Smith and Nic Steadman started with a similar line up to the team that beat Paignton Saints the weekend before.

Early chances fell to the Swags, with Joe Berry,James Seeley and Josh Benjamin testing Jay Powell in the Longwell goal.

There was decent passing from both sides on a fabulous looking pitch at Fryth Way.
N&T were forced into early changes with both Aaron Latta and Dan Cook going off with slight injuries.
The first goal came after a great passing move resulted in Joe Berry going clean through on goal, he made no mistake from inside the box to make it 1-0. Longwell could not get back into the game with the outstanding Scott Pilgrim, James Seeley and Craig Burchill controlling the midfield.

Benjamin had a great chance but saw his effort go over.

Berry made it two goals after cutting in from the right and hitting a left footed shot off the post and in.

N&T kept the lead at 2-0 going into half time.
The Swags kept it going in the second half, Wes Bracey putting in an impressive performance on the left with Ollie Carter making some great forward runs on the right.

The lively Jack Last was introduced up front for N&T and caused numerous problems for the Longwell defence using his strength to win back balls high up the pitch.

In a superb performance N&T didn’t look like easing up and further chances fell to Burchill and Last - Jay Powell was in fine form to tip both over the bar. Jack Last then grabbed a well deserved goal after getting on the end of Joe Berry’s cross to make it 3-0 as the final minutes played out.
A very good run out for both teams ahead of the new season.

The Johnsons Property Services MOM was Joe Berry.

Jamie Smith

Bowled over

A fantastic fun afternoon was had by all at Nailsea Bowls Club on Saturday, August 22, when the community were invited to come along a try out lawn bowls.

All ages were welcomed by members to 'roll up' and have a go for free.  

Supported by Bowls England it was the first time social media had been used to promote a club event like this.

Club member Duncan Edler help organiser the afternoon.

He said: "We are very pleased with both the numbers that turned up on the day and the numbers that have said they want to attend our follow up taster/coaching sessions to be run every week throughout the rest of the summer season.”

Adults and children alike were all able to learn the basics of lawn bowling.

The club provided qualified coaches to instruct those new to the game on how to hold the bowl, correct delivery and stance.

Careful COVID safe facilities were all in place to ensure everyone felt confident and was able to enjoy the event. 

As well as the chance to bowl visitors were given a tour of the other facilities to be found at the Mizzymead Recreation Centre, who also provided refreshments in the bar area. 

Nailsea Bowls Club is running further taster/coaching sessions on Monday and Wednesdays throughout the rest of the summer.

Visit its Facebook page for more details or email

An invitation from Nailsea Bowls Club

Nailsea Bowls Club invite you to a taster session in an enjoyable sport on Saturday afternoon, August 22.

All equipment will be provided – just bring soft shoes to protect the  green. Qualified bowls coaches will introduce you to the fun game.

Bowls is an uncomplicated and accessible sport, which anyone of any age can play. It’s also both a real challenge to get those competitive juices flowing and a relaxing way of spending an hour or two, with players always enjoying the social side of the sport.

Covid 19 precautions will be taken.

Follow on taster sessions are planned for each week of the summer season. From the autumn through the winter bowls coaching will continue at our indoor full-size facilities. 

Nailsea Bowls Club is both friendly and competitive and has some of the best facilities in the county. 

The familiarisation day is running from noon-4pm. 

So go along to Mizzymead Recreation Centre, Mizzymead Rise, Nailsea BS48 2JJ. 

For further information visit its FaceBook page or email

PHOTO: Mike West

BAGGING AREA: What a lot of new kits bags the Grassoots Hero award by PayPal UK and At England bought. Nailsea and Tickenham FC caption Chris Gale is pictured with the super Joma carryalls