So near (and) yet so far
Clevedon United 3 Nailsea United 1
Following their disappointing performance last week, Nailsea travelled the short distance to play Clevedon United on Saturday, January 22.
The home side are currently second in the table with hopes of taking the title. One look at the pitch showed that it would be difficult for both sides to play constructive football.
Nailsea got off to the worst possible start conceding a goal on three minutes when the defence failed to clear their lines allowing a home player to poke the ball over the line to give Clevedon the lead.
However, Nailsea struck back within a minute with the ball being worked down the left flank giving Luis Parnham the opportunity to find the far corner of the Clevedon net for the equaliser.
It was an opening full of action with Nailsea keeper Charles Lovell doing well to push away a looping header to keep the score level.
Next it was the visitors turn to have a half chance when Charlie Parsons and Matt Williams combined to set up a chance for Matt Day but the effort was sent wide.
Nailsea were testing the home defence with Matt Williams having a glorious chance to put Nailsea in front on 19 minutes but with only the keeper to beat he could not control a bouncing ball firing wide.
Both sides were trying to play attractive football with Charlie Parsons being on the end of a well worked move but the end product was gathered by the home keeper.
Clevedon were unlucky to see a goal bound shot kicked off the Nailsea line on 35 minutes.
Five minutes later a Mark Iles free kick found Mike Rowcliffe only to see his header bounce on top of the bar to safety.
It looked like the half time whistle would come with both sides equal but in the 44th minute a Clevedon player was allowed to wriggle his way to a position allowing him to find the Nailsea net just inside the post.
Clevedon United 2 Nailsea United 1
The first half ebbed and flowed with both sides having the opportunity to add to the goal tally.
All was to play for in the second half.
The second half was only five minutes old when following clever approach play the ball was worked to Mark Iles just outside of the box, his first time shot was hit powerfully only to just rise over the Clevedon bar.
On 60 minutes Nailsea made their first change when goal scorer Luis Parnham was replaced by Ben Hodges.
As with the first half the game ranged from end to end with Clevedon carving out a chance on 67 minutes only for the final shot to go wide of the Nailsea goal.Immediately Nailsea countered with a Mark Iles free kick which was pushed away to James Springett whose half volley was only inches wide.
With 20 minutes remaining Nailsea made a double change with Mark Iles and Matt Day being replaced by Ewan Williams and Sam Olsen.
Gradually as the game wore on Clevedon looked the more likely to score but were stopped by a one on one save by Charles Lovell on 75 minutes. The keeper was also the winner, saving well from another shot five minutes later.
Finally, the Clevedon pressure told with two minutes of normal time remaining with their third goal coming from close range.
The score line perhaps flattered the home team who were pushed all the way by the young Nailsea side.
It was a much better performance by Nailsea who showed they could go toe to toe with one of the best sides in the league.
With three home games at the Grove coming up starting with the visit of the improving Chard Town on Saturday, January 29, kick off 2pm, Nailsea have the chance to cement their fifth place in the league and perhaps grab a fourth spot if the results go their way.
Nailsea United A 3 Churchill Club 2; and
Nailsea United B 3 Axbridge 2.
Clash of the undefeated
Nailsea & Tickenham 4 Mendip Broadwalk 1
Nailsea & Tickenham took on Mendip Broadwalk, league leaders in the Somerset County League Premier Division on Saturday, January 15, and came out on top in a game that didn’t disappoint.
Mendip Broadwalk had been unbeaten in 10 games and Nailsea & Tickenham were so far undefeated this season with multiple match postponements keeping them off the top of the league.
It took half an hour for the first goal as captain Joe Berry’s brilliant free kick delivery was perfectly met from with the head of Gary Freeman, who poked it into the net for a 1-0 lead to the home side.
The Swags then capitalised on a wounded Mendip Broadwalk team to double their advantage through a lovely Luke Osgood goal.
However, a minute later and Mendip Broadwalk showed why they were top of the league and unbeaten in 10 as Conor Biggins scored at the other end of the pitch, to make the score 2-1 heading into the break.
The second half, and on the hour marked the game’s biggest moment happened as Mendip Broadwalk keeper Thomas Williams took down Jared Ford, and a penalty was awarded by referee Dylan Baylis.
Williams was fuming with the decision, and even after Joe Berry had beaten him from the penalty spot to make the score 3-1, he still carried on venting his frustration to the referee who decided he had no choice but to sin-bin him. Despite the visitors going 10 minutes with an outfield player in goal, Nailsea & Tickenham failed to pounce on this golden opportunity.
When Williams returned, he did his best to deny Sam Trueman, but failed to stop him and the Swags had the 4-1 result.
Nailsea and Tickenham joint first team manager Jamie Smith said “‘I thought the players were superb right from the start, it was great to see everyone step up the level of performance and we were without three key players including Jason Mellor in goal.
"We worked very hard to take a deserved lead and controlled the game well with four great goals.
"Congratulations to the lads for a well-earned three points against one of the top sides."
Man of the match was awarded to Swags captain Joe Berry, who is sponsored by Olive Construction.
You can view more match photos on Frlickr HERE.
PHOTOS: Paul Harnden
MATCH REPORT: James Harnden
First half advantage lost
Fry Club 2 Nailsea United 1
Without a game for a few weeks, Nailsea United travelled to Somerdale to play Fry Club on Saturday, January 15.
With the sides holding fifth and sixth positions in the league a close game was envisaged.
The home side had the first shot in anger on three minutes forcing United keeper Owen Adamson to a full length save conceding a corner, which was handled by the Nailsea defence.
Two minutes later Nailsea took the lead following good interplay between Matt Day and Matt Williams with the former sending a shot which beat the Fry custodian to give his side an early lead.
On 10 minutes Matt Williams broke down the right before crossing to find Charlie Parsons but he was unable to control his shot.
The home side then began to assert more pressure on the United defence with two shots in close succession both of which were wide of the target.
On the half an hour mark a mistake in the Fry defence gifted a chance to Leon Osborne who forced the Fry keeper to concede a corner.
The first half ended with home team looking the more dangerous.
Fry Club 0 Nailsea United 1
The features of the first half from the Nailsea perspective was the hold up play by striker Matt Williams with his back to goal and the assured performance by the very young Jakob Hole on the right side of the back four.
I am sure that the talk during the break was for the visitors not to concede immediately after the restart.
Unfortunately, this exactly what happened with Fry Club scoring the equaliser in the 48th minute when the Nailsea defence failed to clear their lines.
Nailsea continued to probe with Mike Rowcliffe firing over the bar and Tom Kemble failing to convert a good chance following a corner on 60 Minutes. On 62 minutes Nailsea made their first change with Ewan Williams replacing Charlie Parsons who appeared to be carrying an injury.
The Fry pressure finally reaped a reward with a cross from their right flank eluding the United defence before being controlled and finding the back of the Nailsea net.
Nailsea immediately made a double change with Luis Parnham and Jakob Hole being replaced by Sam Olsen and Ben Hodges.
The remainder of the game saw no real goal chances allowing Fry Club to take all three points.
Nailsea United Reserves 2 Fry Club Reserves 0
Nailsea United A 2 Isle of Wedmore 0
Locking Park Reserves 5 Nailsea United B 1
On Saturday, January 22, the first team travel to high riding Clevedon United. Kick off 2pm and at the Grove the A team entertain Churchill Club with the B side hosting Axbridge United. Both games kicking off at 2pm.
RESULT: The first team game against Tor was cancelled. The RFU has awarded a Home Walk Over which means the team retains its 11 point lead at the top of the Somerset Premier Division. Big shifts by both the 2s and 3s, but unfortunately they were not quite able to grab the wins, reports Steve Whitwham
BIKiING BLOKES: Two groups one called Easy Riders and the other with go-faster stripes called the Lycra Crew set out on the first Sunday of the month to take a bike ride from Ring O'Bells pub out across the North Somerset moors. The men-only group chose a different cafe each month for a pitstop and to eat breakfast. This group led by Ricky Wilkinson.called in at the Hungry Horse at Yatton. Many of the cyclists belong to Holy Trinity church, Nailsea. More riders very are welcome. Contact Phil Williams who took the photos via his Facebook page or email Phil@christiansurfers.co.uk. The next date Sunday morning, February 6
Swags home pitch waterlogged, so draw played away
Nailsea & Tickenham 3-3 Ilminster Town
Nailsea & Tickenham remain unbeaten in the Somerset County League Premier Division after taking on Ilminster Town who are towards the bottom of the table.
An entertaining game that had wet weather, goals, red card, and grudge match level tension between two sides, who in the end could not manage to beat the other played on Saturday afternoon, January 8.
Despite the fact it was a home game for Nailsea & Tickenham they were forced to relocate the tie to the 3G pitch at Keynsham Town due to a very wet Fryth Way ground, effectively making it and an away game for both teams.
Ilminster used this to their advantage as they took an early lead in the 13th minute, pouncing on a defensive error from the Swags.
Nailsea & Tickenham equalised at 37 minutes through a Joe Berry penalty, Joe returning from several games out due to injury.
Then just before half-time Ilminster took the lead once again to take the momentum heading into the break.
In true Swags style the home side, albeit 14 miles from home, scored two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half, with Oli Wilcox and Jared Ford turning the tide for the team that had been losing but were now ahead.
Ilminster carried on grinding through the gears and at 63 minutes were rewarded with a beautiful goal from a long strike that hit the crossbar and bounced in, making the game level at 3-3. In what was becoming a tense atmosphere between the two sides, the Swags were dealt with a blow as goalkeeper Jason Mellor was dismissed for a clash with an incoming Ilminster player.
Outfield player Tyler Manning was forced to play in goal for the remainder of the game, which fortunately for him was relatively quiet.
An entertaining match for any neutral Keynsham locals, but the Swags will need to raise their game if they wish to carry on their unbeaten run further into the new year.
More match images on Flickr HERE.
PHOTOS: Paul Harnden
MATCH REPORT: James Harnden
POOL PEOPLE: Grove Sports Club and Social Centre is offering free pool on Fridays throughout January - now there is an offer you can't refuse. And if you want to know the difference between pool and snooker here is it:
Pool is played on a table with six pockets with nine to 15 object balls plus an additional cue ball; and
Snooker tables are larger than pool tables but the pockets are smaller than a pool tables. Snooker is played with 15 pink numberless balls, six numbered object balls, and one cue ball.
Weekend rugby fixtures
Game off as Stotherts failed to raise a team. N&BRFC awarded an away walk over
RUGBY FANS: An invite to come on down to the Ravens Nest for the Traditional Christmas Rugby Club match was posted on Nailsea People Facebook page by Steve Whitwham. He said: "If you facing getting your boots on for a run-out, the players meet time is 11.30am! If you don't fancy a run-out, that is great too!! The bar opens at midday and there will be plenty of fresh air available as you watch the players run off their Christmas turkey! Everyone is welcome." Thank you Mark Raby for the photos
Priority Football Academy is recruiting players for the 2022-23 academic year, allowing youngsters to play competitive football alongside their A-level studies.
Priority Football Academy offers youngsters between the ages of 16 and 18 the opportunity to play matches and train on top of a full-time further education offering.
The Academy works in partnership with Nailsea School, where youngsters can pick from a whole host of academic subjects to study as part of the programme.
Nailsea School Sixth Form offers a wide range of traditional A-level subjects, while also providing a number of BTEC courses.
The programme is aimed at keen football players who want to maximise their potential, while giving themselves a platform to succeed outside of the game through their studies.
The Academy offers players the chance to play in college leagues, achieve scholarships and develop real career opportunities in football.
The programme, which began in 2020, is run by Priority Football Academy founder Rob Prior, who previously worked as a coach at Bristol Rovers.
He believes it offers youngsters the chance to achieve both on and off the pitch.
UEFA qualified coach Rob said: “The Academy has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years and we have been really fortunate to work with youngsters who are hungry to succeed in all aspects of their life.
“The programme helps youngsters become the best versions of themselves on the football pitch and in the classroom.
“Our football sessions are based around skills and technical development, while we help players become fitter and also obtain a key understanding of the tactical principles of the game.
“We have always endeavoured to create a professional environment to ensure players can perform at their highest level.
“Nailsea School provides the perfect environment for the academy as the academic side of the programme is critical.
“The players we work with are supported to work as hard as they can in the classroom to ensure they gain the qualifications needed to achieve in all areas.
“If players are good enough, there is every chance they will go on to play men’s football at a really decent standard.
“We’ve even had youngsters who want to find a job in professional football because of their love for the game.”
The programme is open to school leavers across the south west and benefits from its easy-to-reach location and numerous public transport links.
Nailsea School is conveniently located within a 15-minute walk of Nailsea & Backwell train station, which has direct links from Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare.
The school is also on the main bus route which links many towns across north Somerset.
Our winning ways
Nailsea & Tickenham 3-0 Stockwood Wanderers
Nailsea & Tickenham notched up another convincing victory in the Somerset County League Premier Division over Stockwood Wanderers at Fryth Way, on Saturday, December 18.
Ths had been billed beforehand as a challenging game against another top table side.
The Swags played some great attacking football and, in the end, Stockwood proved to be no match for their opposition.
Delivering a convincing 3-0 result the Swags keep their season long unbeaten run going into the festive season.
The Swags showed their intent from the off by starting on the front foot, and unlike recent games where they’d conceded first, they were rewarded with a goal from Jack Last at around the twenty-minute mark.
The home team then suffered a blow as the dependable Gary Freeman was subbed off with a hamstring issue
The remainder of the half was goalless with chances at both ends of the pitch.
The second half sealed the deal for the Swags. Proving that sometimes clouds can have a silver linings, Freeman’s replacement Tyler Manning added the finishing touch to a lovely second goal, as Stockwood’s mood dropped noticeably.
There was really no way back for the visiting team when Oli Wilcox tapped in the team’s third goal of the game to further add to the Wanderers woes. The Swags remained in control for the rest of the game, however despite
being in total control, Nailsea & Tickenham didn’t manage to score again.The next team to face the Swags are local rivals Nailsea United at home on Monday, December 27.
More picture from the game are available at Stockwood Wanderers|Flickr.
PHOTOS: Paul Harnden
MATCH REPORT: James Harnden
CITY FOOTBALLERS JABBED: On Monday afternoon, according to The Guardian, at Brockway Medical Centre, Nailsea, the unmistakable bright red Bristol City team bus pulled up. Fresh from training, players and staff file into an outdoor marquee before, one by one, were called in for their Covid vaccination booster, after 98 per cent received two jabs. The story reached 3,500+ via the Nailsea People Facebook page which we have added an abridged version to our Breaking News page but follow link to read full story on The Guardian at https://amp.theguardian.com/football/2021/dec/20/bristol-city-not-banging-the-table-during-high-uptake-of-covid-vaccine.
Every game is a winner
Nailsea & Backwell 20 - 14 Hornets IIs
The top of the table clash was ‘as advertised’ saw the two top teams in Somerset Premier put their undefeated records on the line at West End Park.
Playing down the slope in the first half, the Ravens showed their superior forward power with a pushover scrum which Tom Crossman touched down and was converted by Alex Jones.
The half was dominated by the Ravens with penalties for poor discipline and back chat hurting the visitors who were seemingly struggling to adapt.
The second try came after scrum half Joe Reed put in a 60m touch finding kick from a penalty.
The forwards drove over with Sam Cook the beneficiary of the driving maul.
Jones converted again and the Ravens knew they wanted to maximise their scoring opportunities as the wind and rain came down.
Reed and Jones were putting in some creative attacking kicks which made the Hornets defence think.
After Jones kicked a penalty, it was one of Jones’ brilliant attacking kicks that was knocked on over the line on the stroke of half time.
The score was 17-0 at the break.
Hornets came out of the blocks flying and replied early on through their dynamic prop Mua Inoke with a devastating finish out wide, converted by Connor Davidson.
Nailsea played up the slope much better than their opposition and from a penalty, Alex Jones made the score 20-7 going into the final quarter.
Hornets never stopped and with quality quick ball and good hands it was Davidson who went over and converted his own try.
At 20-14 the last 10 minutes were managed well by replacement scrum half Jamie Sullivan who used all his experience to guide the Ravens pack to the finish line.
Next week N&B 1st team round off the year at home to St Bernadettes.
Match report Tony Hill
Nailsea & Tickenham away win
Clutton FC 1 Nailsea & Tickenham 4
Nailsea & Tickenham came from a goal down to fight back and cap off a brilliant performance on a cold and drizzly Saturday, December 11, in the Somerset County League Premier Division.
They were playing Clutton away from home.
The away team maintained their unbeaten record to this season’s league campaign, even if they once again had to come from behind.
Despite the weather the local supporters were in good spirits ahead of the game.
The first 15 minutes showed the two teams getting to know their opposition and figuring each other out.
Clutton drew first blood with a penalty but after this wake-up call Nailsea & Tickenham got on the front foot, even if they continued to be frustrated by their hosts.
The Swags won a penalty on the stroke of half-time, but Jacob O’Donnell stepped up and had his effort saved by the Clutton keeper.
After the interval the visitors earned another penalty, and despite the outcome of his first, O’Donnell converted this one to make the game all square.
Oli Wilcox then scored for the visitors to make it 2-0 just after the hour mark.
From then on it was one way traffic as Nailsea & Tickenham, despite their slow start, went into top gear for the remainder of the second half.
O’Donnell scored his second and the team’s third with a composed finish. He then completed his hat trick in stoppage time, which sealed the game.
Man of the match was awarded to Jacob O’Donnell.
More pictures are available to view here Clutton | Flickr
PHOTOS: Paul Harnden
MATCH REPORT: James Harnden
Nailsea United home win
Nailsea United 2 Keynsham Town Reserves 1
Fifth placed Nailsea United played hosts to mid table Keynsham Reserves at The Grove on Saturday, December 11.
Following two away defeats the home side were looking to return to winning ways.
However, it was the visitors that opened the stronger with a shot on four minutes that was too high. Neither side could fashion a scoring chance in the first 15 minutes of play.
United got into their stride with an Ewan Williams cross met by Elliott Moore which was deflected for a corner. It was Moore again who beat his marker to square the ball to Matt Long on 25 minutes but once more the shot was blocked.
Against the run of play the visitors took the lead with a swift move down the right which ended with a Keynsham attacker sliding the ball past Owen Adamson and into the net. No further chances were created as the first half was concluded.
Nailsea United 0 Keynsham Town 1
Whatever was said in the home dressing room during the break worked, as it was a different Nailsea side that started the second half taking the game to Keynsham.
Within two minutes of the restart Nailsea could have scored twice with Matt Williams setting up Matt Day only to see his shot go wide to be followed by a free kick by Elliott Moore which saw Matt Long picking up the rebound with his shot being cleared off of the line.
The home supporters did not have to wait long for the home pressure to be rewarded. On 50 minutes a Matt Long corner was headed towards goal by a stooping Ewan Williams to elude the Keynsham keeper for the equaliser. Three minutes later Ewan Williams was set free down the right flank before crossing to find Matt Williams who had time to pick his spot to score giving Nailsea the lead.
It was all Nailsea as they sought to put clear daylight between the two sides which should have happened on 58 minutes with Elliott Moore cutting inside his defender only to blaze wide with only the keeper to beat. Keynsham were unlucky on 65 minutes with a shot that flew just wide of the Nailsea post.
With 10 minutes remaining Nailsea were forced into their first change with the injured Moore being replaced by Luis Parnham followed by the hard working Matt Day giving way to Mark Iles for the last five minutes of the match.
This was a welcome result against a resilient Keynsham side who never gave up keeping the United defence on their toes until the final whistle.
On Saturday, December 18, United travel to Worle with a 2pm start.
At The Grove the Reserves entertain Somerton Town. Kick off also 2pm.
Draycott 4 Nailsea United Reserves 4
Clevedon United b 2 Nailsea United B 2
Life-saver at playing fields
Nailsea Junior Football Club has installed a potentially life-saving piece of equipment with public access at its home ground.
With the help of crowdfunding and contributions from the great and the good thousands of pounds was raised to pay for the newly installed defibrillator at Greenfield Crescent Playing Fields.
And it was on a frosty December morning those involved gathered for a demonstration of how the first aid equipment works and to say thanks to all those involved.
Nailsea Junior FC joint vice-chairman Ben Watts demonstrated how the device provides simple audio instructions to guide the user in case of a medical emergency.
St John Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation also gave training advice.
Ben said: “It’s been a great effort for the community by all involved with people offering their time and resources to provide such an important piece of equipment.
“We were recently at an away match when a North Somerset grandparent suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch-side and the other spectators were able to quickly access an AED and were able to save a life.”
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was installed on a purpose-built wall outside of the club’s equipment compound meaning that it is available for use in an emergency by the community.
In addition to the supply of the defibrillator itself, local businesses pitched in with materials for the power supply and the wall.
Football dads Courtney Jones, of Jones Electrical Services, provided and installed the components for the power supply while Lee Cook, of LJH Landscaping, supplied the A-team for building the wall.
The building materials were kindly supplied by Travis Perkins.
This defibrillator was made possible by the following organisations:
Nailsea Town Council
Nailsea Junior Football Club
Nailsea Playing Fields Association
Jones Electrical Services
Nailsea Community Trust
Avon and Somerset Police Community Fund
Groundwork Tesco community grant scheme
3 Sedgemoor Close
Nailsea Junior Football Club was formed in 1974 and now has nearly 400 boys and girls, aged five to 18 years on its books.
With 20 teams, including two girls’ teams, this makes it one of the largest junior football clubs in the south west.
Nailsea Town Council vice chairman Emily Miller and environment and leisure committee chairman Dee Houlbrook joined Nailsea Junior FC general secretary Ken Hallett at the unveiling.
Despite having three emergency HQs a stone’s throw away at the corner of Clevedon Road and Pound Lane there is no AED on site as they are all fitted into the 999 vehicles.
The nearest AED is outside the Break charity shop at Nailsea High Street and there is another at Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club, at Fryth Way and at the Ring O’Bells and Sawyer’s Arms public houses.
Nailsea United FC has a defibrillator in its changing room building at the Grove and Nailsea Social Club at Chapel Barton is currently fundraising to have an AED installed.,
A handful of high-profile collapses by players on the pitch prompted the action.
Wigan striker Charlie Wyke, 28, collapsed in training, Sheffield United's John Fleck, 30, collapsed on the pitch at Reading and Adama Traore 25, went down clutching his chest while playing in the Champions League for Sheriff Tiraspol against Real Madrid.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) kills approximately 100,000 people a year in the UK many under the age of 35 and 270 of these deaths happen to children within schools.
If defibrillation takes place within the first three minutes of a SCA, the patient’s chances of survival increase by upwards of 80 per cent.
Nailsea club bounces back
Young Nailsea trampolinists are bouncing back after lockdown with one 12-year-old even securing an invite to train with the England squad.
Alchemy Trampoline & DMT (Double Mini Trampoline) Club leader Angie said: “The club is back up and running and some competitive events have finally restarted and are already winning competitions.”
Lucy P, aged 12, competed in the first 'live' competition since lockdown at Telford and finished in the top three in her category.
It was the national bounce back age group competition at Telford.
Lucy competed in the 11-12 girls DMT event where she completed four amazing passes and finished third.
This was Lucy's first DMT event at this level and following her success she was invited to guest at the England DMT Squad training camps.
Last month nine club members competed at the National League Trampoline & DMT event at Cardiff.
They were Oliver B, aged 10; Lucy P, 12; Evie S, 13; Pippa P, 13; Archie D, 13; Kieran J, 15; Molly P, 16; Maddison P, 16; and Charlotte T, 16.
The weekend attracted more than 800 gymnasts from all over the country.
Alchemy competitors completed amazing routines and passes in both Trampoline and DMT events.
Medallists were:Lucy P 9-12 Girls League 2 DMT - 1st; Evie S 13-14 Girls League 3 DMT - 2nd; Charlotte T 15-16 Girls League 3 DMT - joint 2nd and Charlotte T 15-16 Girls League 3 Trampoline - 3rd.
And several members achieved the finals of their events, only narrowly missing medal positions.
Oliver B 9-10 Boys League 3 Trampoline - 4th
Pippa P 13-14 Girls League 3 DMT - 4th
Lucy P 9-12 Girls League 3 Trampoline - 5th
Evie S 13-14 Girls League 3 Trampoline - 6th
Maddison P 15-16 Girls League 3 Trampoline 6th
Angie added: “Overall, amazing results after a lengthy break due to the pandemic.
“Alchemy is incredibly proud of all its members who competed at the events.”
Training hours at Nailsea School are Tuesday and Friday 5.30-9pm and Saturday 9am-noon.
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