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Pre 2018 season

South Sea surfers seek sponsors

Adverturous Nailsea surfer Phil Williams is used to travelling many miles to find breaking waves.

But Phil who has been surfing for more than 40 years has taken on a new challenge of helping the English Surfing team compete in the World Longboarding Surf Championships at Hainan Island, in the South China Seas.

Phil is no stranger to motivating people into supporting good causes and thanks to his drive nearly £200,000 was raised in 18 months to build the skate park at Millennium Park.

But the surfing event which runs from Friday to Thursday, January 19-25 is just weeks away.

Acting as voluntary England team manager for these games fundraising is just part one of Phil's job spec.

Phil and all four athletes, two men and two women, need to raise funds to get out to China estimated at around £1,500 per person.

Phil said: "The team have a great potential of doing really well as the last time a British team entered the championships they came a very creditable fifth."
"I am looking for a few companies willing to invest approximately £500 each."

As well as supporting the sport, sponsors would benefit for publicity generated by the games which will be live streamed via the International Surfing Association.

Click HERE to view.

Phil added; "Any money raised will go alongside fantastic support given by Wave Bristol and other organisations.

Phil is also selling £5 tickets for a prize draw towards funds.

Among the prizes people can win are a hamper, beautiful fused glass item, pictured, and gift vouchers.

The draw is on Friday, January 12, at  Nailsea Mountain Rescue Club annual dinner.

Email for more details.


Final score Watchet FC 1 v Nailsea and Tickenham FC 3


The Swags travelled to last season’s Champions hoping to emulate the result only one team have managed this season.

It didn’t look good when after four minute’s Eban Harding put the home side ahead with a strike from 12 yards. The visitors got into their stride, good work by James Seeley and Mark Wallington released Jim Potts to run through and score.

On the half hour Potts grabbed his second, latching on to Aaron Latta’s free kick.

Half time 1–2

The second half was evenly balanced, Jason Mellor had to be at his best to save a 25 yard strike from Chris Sulley before N&T put the game out of sight,

An Aaron Latta corner fell to Chris Gale who smashed the ball home on the volley from ten yards.

In the dying minute’s substitute Mark Ashley nearly added a fourth from heading over from close range.

Overall a great result for Nailsea and Tickenham who sit in second place.

Next week The Swags make the short journey to the Grove to play Nailsea Utd in the first Nailsea Derby of the season.

The Gordano Carpets MOM was Scott Pilgrim.

Fixtures for Saturday, December 23 are:

  • Nailsea Utd V Nailsea & Tickenham, 2pm kick-off at the Grove

  • -Nailsea & Tickenham Res V Ashton & Backwell Res, 2pm kick-off  at Fryth Way

December 16, 2017


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham Res 3-1 Glastonbury FC


N&T Res gained a very good three points at home to keep within the top pack of teams in the division.

Dave Yeo made his long awaited return from injury at the back alongside Charlie Gates, Jamie Smith and Danny Robbins but the back four were under early pressure from Glastonbury and had to deal with several early crosses.

Mitch Player had an early chance at the back post but could not quite reach Joe Pratt’s cross.  

Glasto did then take the lead with a simple tap in when N&T switched off for a moment allowing the frontman to find too much space. 
Wes Bracey and Alan Mcferran worked hard in the centre of midfield in an attempt to get the home side back into the game, but a close first half ended 0-1.
Glastonbury were quite naturally looking to hold onto the lead and slow the pace down to frustrate N&T and this worked for a while into the second half until finally the equaliser came.

Good work down the left from Reece Convery allowed Joe Pratt to advance into a shooting position and he duly struck a right footed shot low past the keeper.
As has been the case in four other home matches this season, roared on by the Swag ultras, N&T Res have come from behind to gain points and at this part of the game, they went all out for three.
Sustained pressure lead to further chances and by this time fresh legs were on with Tom Smith and Jack Allen.

With 20 mins to go Mitch Player broke past two down the right and allowed Mark Ashley to come onto the ball, Ashley did the rest and slotted into the far corner to give N&T the lead.

Joe Pratt had a golden chance to seal it when he was put clean through on goal but saw his effort saved.
N&T were playing some neat passing football and enjoying themselves now but needed to remain focused to secure victory, Charlie Gates in particular had another solid performance at the back.

With less than ten minutes left captain Mark Ashley added to the list of goal of the season contenders as he struck one first time from 35 yards out to curl into the top corner, rounding off a great team performance.
The Ring O'Bells MOM was Reece Convery

Final score Wrington Redhill FC 0 v  Nailsea and Tickenham FC 3 

For the second week running, the Swags travelled to Wrington, this time in the cup.

After the opening five minutesN&T dominated for the majority of the game.

Matt Hills goal under siege for long periods. Aaron Latta’s curling shot hitting the post, Chris Gale heading agonisingly wide and James Seeley hitting the side netting.

The deadlock was broken following good build up play from Josh Benjamin finding Dominic Graffagnino who made no mistake from ten yards.
Half time 0 – 1
With the benefit of the slope and the home side tiring, N&T took control with Jimmy Potts leading the line well, the second was not long coming.

Young Brad Cogan crossing for Josh Benjamin to head in off the post. James Seeley completed the scoring five minutes later, scoring from a narrow angle to make it 3. Liam Knight had the opportunity to pull one back near the end racing through but he dragged his shot wide of Mellor’s goal.
Reflections man of the match Dominic Graffagnino.

PHOTO: First team MOM Aaron Latta; Dave Green, of

Ring O'Bells; and res team MOM Reece Convery



Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club has installed a new scoreboard.

Player Darren Chidzey volunteered to put the illuminated board up at the West End ground. 

The new electronic scoreboard has been erected on the 1st XV pitch.

The traditonal overs and unders game will be played on Boxing Day, Tuesday, December 26.


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham Res 2 Burnham FC 2 


Nailsea & Tickenham Res had not taken to the pitch since the devastating blow they suffered when midfield engine Chris Corner broke his leg a few weeks before.

However, it was time to bounce back and Chris was on hand to watch the boys take to the turf. 
Facing a Burnham side who are more than capable of an upset, N&T set out to control the pace of the game and take full advantage of the chances when they fell. 
For the first 15 minutes the home side had the best of the spoils, Charlie Gates nearly headed home, coming close to his first goal for the Swags with a strong connection guided just wide of the front post, a number of runs in the final third which just could not find the end result might have given a well deserved lead.

With 20 minutes played, Joe Prattt made an agressive advancemnet in to the Burnham box and with the third attempt at a challenge, one of two defenders felled the stiker.

Ashley stood up and cooly dispatched from the spot with a strong strike which the keeper had no chance of stopping. 
It took Burnham no time to grow into the game and they took full advantage of the time outwide when a deep cross was guided in off the head of the Burnham stiker.

The first real chance resulting in the equaliser.

The advantage shifted and Burnham began to find space. Again being allowed too much time out wide when another deep cross was sent in, on target, young goalkeepr Ben Tooth got caught out and and the ball found its way into the net, 2-1 Burnham. 
Half time came and went, N&T recovered, and reassesed, psuhing the young Robbins and Comvery down the wings.

Tooth showed great resilience and maturity to bounce back from the earlier incident and everything was dealt with. 
Murray was pushed into midfiled and encouraged to influence the game after dispalying his desire too do so from his defensive position.

At this point Burnham realised they had a lead to protect and invited pressure on.

Bracey and Player continued their hardwork in the middle of the park and the pressure came too much to bare. 
Three minutes from time, the ball spilt to MOM Jake Murray, 23 yards out with ball falling away, a half volley was struck into the top left corner, 2-2 with the celebrations showing how much the beautiful game means to Murray. 
The points were shared in a well fought match which ended with referee Dave Trevakus donating his fee to the Chris Corner fundraiser.

A lovely touch from a very accomplished professional.

For a chace to win one of our top prizes to be drawn on Saturday, December 23 visit Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club online by clicking HERE.


Final score Berrow & Highbridge 0-7 Nailsea & Tickenham Res

Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves travelled to Berrow to play their final game of very successful year.
In 2017, Jamie Smith has seen his team lift the Somerset County Division 2 title and so far this season challenge at the top of Division 1 after promotion.
N&T were in the mood to finish the year off in style and punished Mid table Berrow & Highbridge recording their highest scoring win of the season so far.
Alan Mcferran returned to midfield and Dave Yeo was handed his first start since returning from injury.
It didn’t take long for the Swags to open the scoring Mark Ashley slotting in from close range after good work down the right.

Wes Bracey made it two, N&T completely in control.

N&T had further chances but the score finished 0-2 at half time.
The second half was more one way traffic as Berrow failed to register a shot at Jamie Mellor in the N&T goal. Mark Ashley completed his hat trick,

Wes completed his Brace and further goals were scored by Jimmy Potts and Al Parsons to make it 0-7 at full time.

The S&R Burchills MOM was Mark Ashley
A comprehensive victory by the Swags who enjoined a great Christmas period picking up maximum points and moving up to 2nd in the league.

December 30, 2017

Final score Wrington Redhill FC 1 Nailsea & Tickenham FC 2

“It’s never easy going back to your previous club,” said N&T manager Alan Smith and so it proved.
Missing a number of key players the SWAGS drafted in two youngsters in to bolster the squad.
Playing on a heavy pitch up the hill the game started at pace, within minutes Jimmy Potts went through on goal, Mat Hill diving at his feet.

The referee judging he got the faintest of touches on the ball.

Mat Pilgrim limped off after three minutes allowing the introduction of Joe Collins.

The youngster was quickly into action, forcing another save from Hill, Bradley completing the clearance.
Gary Freeman missed a header from three yards from a corner. Wrington worked hard defensively with Liam Knight running constantly.
Half time 0–0
Playing down the slope and the heavy pitch, the hard working Wrington side began to tire.

The breakthrough came curtosy of youngster Brad Cogan who rose to head home a Josh Benjamin cross.
The second came from Dom Graffagnino, a free kick into the top corner past the reach of mat Hill.
In the dying seconds, Wrington pulled one back, A Jake Horton wonder strike from 30 yards beating Jason Mellor.
Next week the two sides meet again in the Cup with Wrington having home advantage.
India Cottage man of the match Aaron Latta.

Saturday, December 2

Nailsea children in charity Santa run

Nailsea Juniors are under starters orders for its first ever Santa Run in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK, midday on Sunday, December 3, at The Grove.

Here is the running order:

  • 11am under 5s preschool 50m dash;

  • 11.15am Santa Run 1 for children aged four to six. Distance approximately 1km;

  • 11.30am Santa Run 2 for children aged seven to nine. Distance approximately 1.5km;

  • 11.45am Santa Run 3 for children aged 10-12. Distance approximately 2km; and

  • 12.15pm The Grove Santa Long Run which is open to all children aged 12 and under and the course is approximately 3km.

Entry is £7 + booking fee and youngsters can register HERE.

All children racing can join the final race free of charge and do not need to book online.

The bib number they will receive for first race will be valid for both runs.

Following the races it is time for mince pies and coffee at the Grove Sports & Social Club where the bar will also be open.

All participants will receive a santa hat  and bespoke medal.

Advance booking is recommended but entries may be available on the day.

Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each age group except 50m dash will be presented following the last race.

The course is primarily grass and will be marshalled.

The organisers say: "Come and get involved, it promises to be a truly awesome event. Ho ho ho hope to see you there."

Other Christmas 2017 events are HERE


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham 3-1 Odd Down Res

N&T first team secured all three points against Odd Down on a cold day at Fryth Way.
New signing Jay Adams went straight into the starting line up and there was also a call up for Jimmy Potts after his recent goal scoring form in the Reserves.
N&T started very well and dominated possession, Dom Graffaginino and Scott Pilgrim running the game in the middle of midfield.
Dan Paterson almost scored from a corner after a looping header was tipped just wide by the Odd Down keeper.
The scoring opened when Jay Adams broke down the right and saw his cross handled by the Odd Down full back, resulting in a penalty kick.
Aaron Latta, pictured, stepped up and cooly finished to make it 1-0.
Further chances in the first half fell to Jimmy Potts, Josh Benjamin and Jay Adams but N&T could not increase the lead after good saves from the keeper. After a half time break, Odd Down improved and began to make the game more even.
They scored an equaliser after Dan Paterson fouled in the box, the referee awarding another penalty which was converted past Jason Mellor to make it 1-1.
The game was in danger of fading out when Alan Smith made two changes bringing on James Seeley who has just returned from injury and youngster Danny Robbins.
The changes seemed to spark the home side back into life as they searched for a winner.
Jay Adams had a glorious chance after finding space in the box but lost his footing at the vital moment. Finally N&T got the breakthrough after Gary Freeman’s header fell to Jimmy Potts in the area, the experienced striker was never going to miss as he smashed a right footed drive into the top of the net.
There was still time for substitute Danny Robbins to get in on the action as he out-jumped the Odd Down full back to nod in a Jimmy Potts cross to make it 3-1 and ensure the points were safe for the Swags.
The S&R Burchills MOM was Jimmy Potts

Saturday, November 25


Final score Shirehampton FC 3 Nailsea and Tickenham 2

The Swags travelled to Penpole Lane for what is always a well contested fixture and Saturday was no different.

Shire started the brighter, prolific striker Scott Bamford robbing the Swags defence and scoring past Jason Mellor with three minutes on the clock.

With 20 minutes played N&T should have equalised, James Seeley putting the ball wide when clean through.

Within seconds Shire were awarded a penalty for a clumsy tackle on Jordon Whitiker, Bamford again making no mistake from the spot.

The half finished 2-0.

N&T came out of the blocks straight from the restart, Seeleys close range header well saved by Winkler. 

Within six minutes Josh Benjamin reduced the arrears from close range after side footing into the corner of the net.

James Seeley scored the equaliser seven minutes later and the Swags were now firing on all cylinders.

Winkler making quality saves from Gale and then Seeley.

The next goal was vital for both sides and it fell to Shire, A Storer shot was parried by Mellor and Dan Spicer reacted first to finish.

The Swags introduced two youngsters in Jack Sell and Brad Cogan and it was Sell whose long range effort beat Winkler only to rebound off the post in what may have been a deserved equaliser. 

A great advert for Somerset Premier League football.

Saturday, November 18

PHOTO: India Cottage man of the match Gary Freeman with Al​i​


  • The match between Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves and Uphill Castle was unfortunately abandoned after 35 minutes due to a serious injury to N&T's Chris Corner. At 0-0, Chris sustained a broken leg and the emergency services took him straight to hospital where he has had an operation. The club would like to thank the numerous well wishers for their kind messages. 

TOP SLOT: Nailsea United U18s would like to thank Sophie and John Meakin, of Promotional Peaks, Backwell for sponsoring their team sweatshirts. The team have had a great start to the season currently top of the North Division of the Somerset U18 Youth League and into the quarter finals of the league cup

NIGHT RUN: Stretch your legs on a Night Run around the Tyntesfield estate near Nailsea on Saturday, November 18

All routes are totally traffic-free, mostly on paths and trails and if you'd rather walk than run, you're more than welcome.

There will be two cross-country courses for all running abilities:

  • Explore course (2.5k) all ages £7; and

  • Adventure course (5.5k) aged 12+ fee £14.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The house will be floodlit and Home Farm will be open late for warming grub and drinks. A goody bag is included in your race fee.

Full event details and booking click HERE.

New sponsors for footballers

Nailsea & Tickenham FC is delighted to announce long term sponsorship deal with Reflections Group. Established in 1971, one of the Uk's largest family owned hairdressing salon groups with 15 salons, 2 training academies and barbers located throughout the south west.

Chairman Bob Gregory 'We are absolutely delighted Reflections has partnered with our growing club.

"We have big plans to take the club forward and very much want to take the community of Nailsea along with us.

"Reflections are a fantastic company who have built a brilliant reputation in the south west and so we are very proud to be teaming up with owner Clive Barrett who is pictured with our squad."


Final score Stockwood Green 0-1 Nailsea & Tickenham FC

N & T were looking to progress in this Somerset County Prem/Div1 Cup against a Stockwood team that had not lost at home in a competitive match for more than 18 months.

The game started with a well observed minutes silence on Armistice Day.
The conditions were tricky for both teams due to rain making the pitch very boggy.

Former Cribbs FC player Matt Shaughnessy was handed his first start for the Swags and had an impressive game on the right.

The first half was fairly even, with N & T looking comfortable at the back but not threatening as much as they would have liked going forward. Strong tackles flew in from the home side but N & T could not capitalise on the numerous resulting free kicks, Captain Chris Gale coming closest from a header.

Mark Wilson was assured in goal, sweeping up any through balls from Stockwood.

The half finished even at 0-0.
N and T started well in the second half and began to influence the game more, Joe Berry finding space and linking up with strike partner Matt Pilgrim.

The N and T midfield of Latta, Seeley, Benjamin & S Pilgrim were now  moving the ball well, Stockwood beginning to run out of steam.

Around the hour mark the breakthrough came after a fine team move. Latta picked up the ball on the right and found Matt Pilgrim, who chested down for Joe Berry to pick out a perfect first time pass to James Seeley.

Seeley now through on goal controlled brilliantly and finished above the onrushing keeper. 0-1.

Fresh legs were introduced, Dom Graffaginino and Chris Corner now on the pitch, the home side needed to find a way back.

Solid pressing and defending as a team will have delighted N & T management Alan Smith and Rich Lucas as they saw their side win 1-0 and progress to the third round of this cup.

Attention turns back to the league campaign next week with an away trip to Shirehampton FC.
The Reflections MOM was Joe Berry, pictured.

November 11, 2017

Strictly 'tickly' dance off

Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club annual Tickly Come Dancing fundraiser was on Saturday.

With a 300 strong weekend crowd, five couples battled it out for the coveted Tickly trophy.

Bristol City FC legend and record appearance holder Louis Carey was again among the judging panel alongside West End star Richard Wood and Bristol Hippodrome choreographer Courtney Jackson. Chairman Bob Gregory said: "This is a great night for the community, we really appreciate the fantastic support our football club generates and the funds raised go directly back into improving facilities at the club including going towards the purchase of a new defibrillator at Fryth Way.

"'We will also be installing additional goals with nets on the field next to our main pitch for anybody to use at their leisure."

Louis said: "I am really grateful to be involved in such a great local football club who clearly have some exciting plans for the future.

"Not only is it a great night for Nailsea, but raises important funds to help the club improve their facilities, which ultimately will be used in the future by young players coming through from junior to senior football."

Winners on the night were dance duo Charlie Ashton and Holly Edwards, of Nailsea.

On the pitch, N and T FC First Team also had a successful day running out 7-2 winners against Bridgwater Town FC Res in the Somerset Cup.

PHOTOS: From top left clockwise audience picture with presenters Al Parsons and Aaron Latta; committee member Jim Sage at Prosecco Bar; winning duo Charlie Ashton and Holly Edwards; and judges, event organisers and dance couples


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham 2-0 Middlezoy Rovers


N and T first team hosted Bridgwater based Middlezoy Rovers, who were in fourth place before the game.

The home side welcomed back Aaron Latta from injury and he made up a midfield three with Dom Graffagnino and James Seeley.

The first half was cagey, both teams retreating behind the ball well and held good defensive shape.

There were few chances in a well battled half, the best going to Middlezoy who had the ball in the net, only for the referee to blow for a foul in the build up to the goal. Joe Berry had a good chance at the other end but saw his effort slide the wrong side of the post.

Half time 0-0.

The second half was a great advert for Somerset County Premier football, with both teams more daring - at times it was end to end.

The N and T goalkeeper Jason Mellor was in fine form, dealing with every cross and out quickly off his line for every through ball.

Manager Alan Smith made a key formation change, pushing Matt Pilgrim up top with Joe Berry and this proved to be a good decision as in the final 20 minutes N and T dominated possession and looked more threatening.

Neat build up play and crosses from wide man Josh Benjamin were causing problems down the right and finally a breakthrough came when Benjamin slid a pass through to Joe Berry, who beat his man and crossed to Pilgrim and he did the rest with a cool finish. 1-0.

There were only a few minutes left but N and T doubled the lead as Middlezoy pushed for an equaliser and sent their goalkeeper up for a corner only to see it cleared by Jason Mellor and again ending up with Matt Pilgrim who passed into an unguarded net.

An entertaining game for the supporters down at Fryth Way, N and T now up into second place in the league.

The India Cottage MOM was Matt Pilgrim 

October 28, 2017


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham Res 3-2 Portishead Res

A thriller at the top of the Somerset County Div1 West as the top two sides in the league met for the second time this season, Portishead Res taking the points on the first occasion and were looking likely to do so again after a comfortable 2-0 lead in this one.

The game was played in difficult conditions with strong winds and rain battering down at Fryth Way, making it hard for both teams to get the ball down.

N and T welcomed back Alan Mcferran who partnered Wes Bracey in the centre of midfield where much of the battle took place. Portishead took the lead through former N and T player Nick Steadman after an unusual defensive error by Jamie Mellor meant his Kick fell straight to the path of Steadman who tapped in to an empty net.

Jimmy Potts was denied a clear penalty when he rounded the Portishead goalkeeper and was fouled, the referee waived play on much to the astonishment of the home side.

It looked like it would be Portishead's day when further misfortune handed Portishead a second goal when full back Al Parsons was caught out with the wind and scored an own goal as an attempted clearance flew the wrong way. The half time score was 0-2.

N and T Res needed to come out fighting in the second half and that is exactly what they did, showing the character and determination that saw them pick up the Div2 title last season.

Manager Smith made some changes and the comeback began after Joe Pratt edged a low shot past the Portishead keeper from close range following a corner to make it 2-1, Portishead now looking nervous. With Latta and Berry now out wide, N and T were finding space and opportunity down both sides and looked like scoring during every attack, the Portishead keeper in fine form denying Berry, Pratt and Potts in quick succession. Finally N and T equalised after Berry was fouled in the box and this time the penalty was awarded. Al Parsons showed character to step up and bang the penalty high above the keeper to make it 2-2.

There was little time left for a winner as N and T went Gung Ho style, however experienced striker Jimmy Potts showed all his class to expertly finish from the left hand side with a half volley sailing above the keepers head to que jubilant scenes at Fryth Way, final score 3-2 in an entertaining derby.

The S & R Burchills MOM was Alan Mcferran for a hard working midfield performance.


October 21, 2017

Final score Combe St Nicholas 0-1 Nailsea & Tickenham Res

N and T Res made it four wins in a row to take them into second place in Somerset County Division one.

New signing Ben Cook was handed a debut at full back with 16 year old Danny Robbins starting in midfield. In truth the game was a scrappy affair, both teams struggling to find any rhythm and N and T Res not at their best.

N and T coped well with the home sides direct long ball style, with Stu Roberts and Tom Smith dominating at the back.

There were several chances for the Swags and they were able to take one with ten minutes left of the first half, a ball dropping nicely for Mark Ashley to thump just under the cross bar to make it 1-0.

N and T looked poised to add many more goals to this as the second half started and it may have been the case but for a top performance by the Combe goalkeeper, saving from Ashley at close range and also tipping substitute Charlie Ashton's low drive onto the post..

Jimmy Potts also chipped the keeper to see his effort ruled out offside.
Overall a good three points but N and T will want to improve the performance next time out.

The S&R Burchill's MOM was Stu Roberts.

  • Nailsea and Tickenham Football Club is now training every Tuesday evening at the Hand Stadium 3G pitch 7.30pm.


October 7, 2017

Final score Nailsea & Tickenham 2-0 Bridgwater Town Res

N and T hosted a strong Bridgwater Res side due to the away side's first Team having no fixture.

N and T welcomed back Dan Cook into the back line alongside Gary Freeman and Mike Wallington.
A scrappy first half saw Bridgewater enjoy the better of possession at times without threatening Jason Mellor in the N and T goal.
A forced change meant top scorer Joe Berry was replaced by Max Richards. Scott Pilgrim was outstanding in centre midfield, breaking up any Bridgwater attacks.

Half time finished 0-0.
The half time break allowed N and T to re plan how to search for all three points and with an hour gone, they had a chance when the referee awarded a penalty following a push in the box.

Bridgwater keeper Paul Goss denied Max Richards from the spot and did well to push away.

N and T did not dwell on this miss and instead took the lead only minutes later when Chris Gale headed in a Dom Graffagnino corner to make it 1-0. Now in confident mood, N and T showed their strength by dominating the game, James Seeley stretching the now tiring back line of Bridgwater and Matt Pilgrim finding good space.

It was Pilgrim who sealed the win during the last 10 minutes when a defensive mix up meant he was left with time  to curl a right footed effort into the top corner.

The S & R Burchill's MOM was Scott Pilgrim.

October 14, 2017

Nailsea dog walkers sign for pitch posse


A Nailsea football club has signed a team of dog walkers in a bid to combat vandalism at its home ground.

Fryth Way off Pound Lane is currently the home of Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club.

During the past 21 years thousands of games have been successfully played on its pitch on the north west side of Nailsea.

However, this summer has seen a huge increase in acts of criminal damage on the field.

Committee member Al Parsons said: “There is sadly a history of mindless vandalism which taints the history of the ground and in recent weeks this has escalated.”

This includes advertising banners being sliced, fencing pulled out of the ground and skip fire which had to be extinguished by the emergency services.

Al added: “Thanks to dog walker Richard Whiston and his quick-thinking by alerting the club and fire brigade it stopped the blaze from spreading. 

“Richard was quick to act and thankfully we were able to make sure the fire was contained.”

To tackle the problem the club in collaboration with PC Martin Faithful, of Nailsea local policing team, have installed modern CCTV and enlisted the dog walkers as additional eyes and ears.

Anyone interested in joining the dog walker team which is sponsored by Julie Davies of Happy Returns should email or to report an incident contact PC Faithful by dialling 101.

SCHOOL CLUBS: Is your child looking for a fun, new and exciting sporting opportunity? Future Stars Coaching is providing after school clubs in Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire. At the moment there are holiday clubs planned for Kingshill Church School at Pound Lane and team sports and tag rugby at St Francis Primary School, Station Road at Nailsea but no breakfast clubs organised yet for the town. For more information click HERE.

FIT CLUB: Nailsea Running Club invite you to join them on an evening jog. Meet at Nailsea Rugby Football Club at West End on Tuesdays and Thursday at 7pm

Grants for North Somerset sports 

North Somerset Council Sportarray programme has launched a new opportunity for clubs, coaches and providers to access grants of up to £500.

The grant scheme has been made possible due to funding secured by the council from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund.

Sportarray is a North Somerset Council initiative, created in 2012 to increase the provision of inclusive activities for disabled people over the age of 14.

So far the project has supported 38 clubs to access training, networking opportunities, volunteer support, equipment, promotion and guidance.

The council is now looking to develop the Sportarray initiative, specifically to broaden the range of activities aimed at increasing the number of adults with mental health issues and children aged five to 13 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) participating in sport and physical activities.

A total of £8,640 is available for the Sportarray scheme and grants can be accessed in two ways:

  • awards of up to £500 will be made to providers and sports clubs who can contribute to the delivery of new inclusive activities in North Somerset; and

  • through the creation of 38 training bursaries worth £30 each. Individuals can use these bursaries to fully fund or contribute towards the cost of any sports related qualification which will increase inclusive provision across North Somerset. Example qualifications include recognised National Governing Body (NGB) coaching qualifications, first aid, safeguarding and child protection courses and officiating courses.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, September 29 September.

To access an application form click HERE.

For more information about the grant scheme email sport and active lifestyles co-ordinator Catrin Evans on or call 01275 882732.

Girl-only sports grants 

Grants to increase the number of inactive women and girls taking part in sport across North Somerset are now available.

The North Somerset This Girl Can grant scheme provides an opportunity for clubs, coaches and providers to access grants of up to £250 for new physical activity projects aimed at women and girls not currently taking part in sport.

These projects must be targeted at women and girls aged between 14-60 who have never regularly taken part in physical activity or who are looking to return to being active.

The funding can contribute towards such things as facility hire, equipment purchase, coach costs, training and volunteer expenses.

This Girl Can is a Sport England initiative created in 2015.

So far the project has supported more than 2.8 million women to become more active.

To download the grant application form click HERE.

The closing date for applications is Monday, October 16.

For more information about the grant scheme email North Somerset Council sport and active lifestyles co-ordinator David Page on or call 01275 882734.

Coaching for Nailsea outdoor bowls club

Nailsea Bowls Club enjoys some of the best facilities in the county. The club forms part of the Mizzymead Recreation Centre.

To learn more about all the facilities at the club click HERE.  

Bowls are played all the year round; outdoors on grass in the summer and indoors on carpet over the winter months. 

There are separate club sections for ladies and men

The outdoors green looks better than ever this year and there is a full programme of games scheduled for next summer.

The indoor leagues are busy through the winter period.

The enthusiastic management committee and membership encourage new members – ladies and men to come along to the club at Mizzymead Recreation Centre for free coaching lessons each Wednesday at 4pm lasting two hours.

Coaching starts on Wednesday, October 11.  

Equipment can be provided.

If you are a player or are interested to learn call Rob Cook, 01275 853181, who can provide more information.

Win signed Pakistan Cricket Team bat

Find out who the lucky winner of Nailsea Junior Cricket Club end of season fundraising raffle is at the Grove Sports & Social Club on Sunday, September 17.

Prior to the draw at 5pm you can buy tickets to win one of five cricket bats signed by the Pakistan Cricket Team at the club.

Coach Chris Kivell said: “This is to help raise money to buy new training equipment.

"Currently we have approximately 60 children signed on in our youth section and we are always looking for new players.

"Most teams play two matches a week and this season although our juniors may not have won any trophies they have enjoyed their cricket and have turned up for training every week smiling."

The juniors are very grateful for the help of shirt sponsors Sealite, Somerset & Gloucestershire cricket clubs for donations towards printing match tickets and Splash Gallery framing service at Clevedon who gave them the bats to raffle.

Currently on eBay the 1996 Cricket World Cup signed Pakistan Cricket Team bat is selling for more than £1,000 but a lot depends on if the players make an historic appearance on the field because if not the value (like a missed catch) drops dramatically.

After a rest during the winter months net practice begins again in February next year.

The John Hobbs Building

On Saturday, September 9, Nailsea United Football Club hosted a ceremony at The Grove to rename its new changing facility The John Hobbs Building.

The football club is honouring more than half a century of long service given by the late Mr John Hobbs.

Sadly Mr Hobbs passed away last year.

Club president Roger Lock said: "John’s family attended and his son Viv Hobbs pulled the unveiling rope. 

"A good crowd were there with many ex Nailsea United players looking through John’s records going back to 1960."

Mr Hobbs had spent 50 years at the club in various capacities but will be mostly remembered as club secretary.

And it was during this time he maintained meticulous records of every game including results, players and goal scorers dating back to the 1960s.

After the ceremony the club made these records available for public viewing for the first time.

All players both past and present together with supporters were invited to honour Mr Hobbs and take the opportunity to relive the many memories that are contained in these amazing archives which went on display in a marquee next to the main pitch.

Invite for junior league parents and players


North Somerset Football Development is hosting an information evening for all its junior premier league parents and players at Nailsea School in the auditorium.

The event at the Mizzymead Road campus is on Friday, September 8.

Times are as follows:

  • 6-7pm all u11s, u12s and u13s; and

  • 7-8pm all u14s, u15s and u16s.


Transatlantic support for Nailsea youth football

An US company vice-president is supporting a British youth soccer team based at Nailsea.

Newly created Nailsea United U18s is grateful for the sponsorship of international vice-president Rob Deal, of PSD Codax Ltd, for sponsoring its new kit. 

PSD Codax has been at Southfield Road Trading Estate for more than 20 years.

The global leader in car wash code entry and access control systems was acquired in April last year by Innovative Control Systems.

The US company has its headquaters just outside of New York.

Rob sent the team his good luck wishes for next season but Nailsea People guess he won't be getting to a game too often?

To learn more about PSD Codax Ltd click HERE

Final score Nailsea & Tickenham 2-2 Clevedon Town

In front of a large crowd N&TFC welcomed Toolstation Premier League Clevedon Town to Fryth Way for their second pre-season game.

Preparation for the game was disrupted as four players unable to get to the game at short notice.

The SWAGS had to start the game with the bare 11.

Within two minutes Luke Patten picked up an injury which saw the evergreen assistant Richard Lucas was forced into donning the kit and making a cameo role.

It was the SWAGS who took the lead on 19 minutes,

Chris Gale unleashing a 25 yard thunderbolt.

On 25 minutes the SWAGS had a penalty turned down when Mat Pilgrim appeared to be felled in the box by Ollie Barnes.

Play went on and Connor o Sullivan was brought down at the other end. Penalty. Although Gary Clarke got a hand to the ball Issac Reid equalised.

Half Time 1–1

Charlie Ashton arrived in time to save Lucas at the start at the second half.

Despite having the majority of possession and Clevedon’s midfield pairing of Mountford and Fortune moving the ball around the defensive shape of the SWAGs held firm. Frustrating Clevedon’s game plan. 

On 64 minutes N&T retook the lead, Mat Pilgrims long range effortdeceiving Kieron Hodges.

Four minutes later all square.

Kane Ingram’s free kick from an acute angle finding its way past the wall in at the near post. Yet another injury saw Lucas re-enter the fray and the SWAGs held firm to the final whistle. 

India Cottage MOM Chris Gale.

July 20, 2017 Jamie Smith

Nailsea & Backwell RFC

Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Football Club is putting together a working party for Saturday, July 29, to replace the second and third team posts, repair the scoreboard and to have a general clear up ready for the new season.

Volunteers will be treated to a barbecue after all the work has been completed so save the date .

Going for gold, silver + bronze medals at finals

Six fantastic young Nailsea people from Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club scored fabulous indivual successes at the NDP finals in Telford at the weekend.

The girls scored highly and bounced away with several medals.

This follows their competitive achievements as part of the South West Regional Team in Birmingham back in June where half dozen Alchemy members qualified for the Shropshire finals.

Full results:


  • Lacey Sell, aged 11, gold medal and NDP Champion title in the NDP3 11-12 Girls DMT competition

  • Rebecca Elswood, 14, NDP5 13+ Girls 2nd place

  • Hannah West, 10, NDP2 11-12 Girls Trampoline 3rd place

  • Chloe Tinker, 12, NDP1 13+ Girls DMT 7th place

  • Rachel Mason, 13, NDP3 13+ Girls Trampoline 7th place

  • Shannon Pletts, 12, NDP2 11-12 Girls DMT 7th place

Top marks also go to the Nailsea coaching and support team.

Alchemy coaches trampoline and DMT to children aged three years upwards on four days a week at The Link, Nailsea School. 

For information about Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club email

Rugby ace at premier school sports event

Nailsea School has secured a top signing for its annual sports personality presentation evening.

Guest speaker Tom Varndell is the inspirational English rugby union footballer who plays wing for newly promoted Aviva Premiership club Bristol Rugby. 
Varndell also has caps for England and England Sevens as well as having represented other Aviva Premiership sides Leicester Tigers and Wasps. 
He is currently the leading try scorer in the Aviva Premiership.
The event on Tuesday, July 18, is at Cadbury House Hotel.

The PE department at Nailsea School benefits from top of the range sport and dance facilities including:

  • a dance studio with sprung floor, mirrored wall, dance bar, retractable seating and full sound system;

  • sports hall including four full sized badminton/netball/volleyball courts/Indoor hockey pitch;

  • all weather pitch – the only one of its kind in the country, with underfloor drainage and full floodlighting;

  • Two multi-use games areas, housing six fenced in netball courts; and

  • sports pitch and playing fields at Golden Valley.

Join online North Somerset sports directory click HERE

Sport and physical activity instructors in North Somerset are being given the opportunity to promote their activities for free!

North Somerset Council’ sport and active lifestyles team is producing the sixth edition of its Active Directory – the flagship publication for sport and exercise groups in North Somerset.

Entry in the directory is free on the basis that the instructors/clubs/groups included show support for Go4Life – a North Somerset scheme encouraging and supporting people to live healthier and more active lives.

The directory advertises activities where participants do not need an advance membership, so rules out some more formal settings such as a members-only golf club. There is no guarantee that every activity submitted will be published.

The directory is due to be published this autumn and will be available online and in most libraries, leisure centres and GP surgeries.

To promote your activity in the new edition of the Active Directory you need to complete the short online form by clicking HERE, providing information about any physical activity session you deliver – anything from yoga to walking, badminton to boxing.

The closing date for entries is Thursday, August 31.

Finish for BUST breast cancer charity

 ​A Nailsea accountant has taken part in an iron-distance Triathlon race in recognition of her mum who battled breast cancer.

Della Hudson, aged 48, signed up for a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon in less than 17 hours to raise money for the Breast Cancer Unit Southmead Trust (BUST).

The mum-of-two, who heads Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers, decided to take on the challenge after her own mum was diagnosed with the disease last year.

Due to injury, the bike ride had to be cut short at 87 miles – but Della went on to complete the marathon. And she has already raised nearly £1,400 for charity.

Della said: “This has been the longest and toughest triathlon of my life and I’m proud of my achievement.

"My mum was there to spur me on, which certainly helped.”

Della’s mum, Sylvia Gibson, is the 70 year old former Mayor of Chippenham, and her sister, Sharon Gibson, is a nurse at the Breast Care unit at Southmead Hospital - and the whole family is aware of the need to regularly check for any irregularities.

So, when Sylvia discovered an abnormality she went straight to the doctor.

Della, who is based in Crown Glass Place, Nailsea, and lives in Backwell, said: “It was devastating for the whole family when my mum was told she had breast cancer.

"Fortunately, after a traumatic few months of surgery and radiotherapy, she was given the all clear.

“But my mum is just the latest in a long line of friends and family who have suffered from this dreadful disease. BUST is a charity close to my heart and I wanted to help in some way.”

The Cotswold 226 triathlon covers the same distance as a traditional Ironman.

Sylvia, a former Wiltshire magistrate, said she is proud of her daughter and is calling for others to check for any breast irregularities

The cancer unit’s charity, BUST, raises money to enable clinicians to buy advanced equipment before it is available through NHS funding.

PHOTOS: Left Della crossing the finish line of the Cotswold 226 triathlon and

right Della, her son John, mum Sylvia Gibson, daughter Katie and dad Terry while Mayor of Chippenham