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Clevedon United 1-1 Nailsea & Tickenham

Nailsea & Tickenham win 6-5 on penalties


Nailsea & Tickenham found themselves with a local derby against Clevedon United at Coleridge Vale on Saturday, October 10, in the Somerset County League premier/division 1 cup.

Both sides were touted as evenly matched coming into the game and the pre feeling sentiment was the tie could certainly go either way.

The first half saw chances at either end with both keepers tested.

The first goal came after 28 minutes, and it was the visitors who took first blood with Joe Berry capitalising on a keeper error to smash the ball into an empty net and make it 1-0.

The game was quite feisty and there was a high-level tension as always between the two teams.

The second half didn’t go the way of the Swags and the hosts equalised on the hour mark from a free kick.

The Swags were then controversially denied a late goal when the linesman judged the move to be offside and the visiting team were furious over the decision that saw a heated post-match debate.

The game ended 1-1 so both teams were tasked with penalties.

The first three rounds of penalties were converted with Jacob O’Donnell, Gary Freeman and Tyler Manning all scoring for the Swags.

Substitute Josh Benjamin thought he had lost the game when he saw his effort saved, but Swags captain and keeper Jason Mellor denied what would have been the winning penalty for Clevedon.

Mellor also made a decisive save in sudden death period and Dane Wilshear went on to score the winning penalty for Nailsea & Tickenham to give them a shootout win.

The relief of the visitors was plain to see (photo from Facebook) and the changing room celebrations could be heard from the car park.

The Swags awarded man of the match sponsored by Meltrace Ltd to Jason Mellor following the two penalty saves.

PHOTOS: Paul Harnden

MATCH REPORT: James Harnden


Nailsea United away win

Westfield 0  Nailsea United 3

Nailsea were back in league action with a visit on Saturday, October 9, to the outskirts of Radstock to play Westfield who are in the lower reaches of the Premier League.

The early play was centred in the middle of the pitch with neither keeper being troubled.

On eight minutes good inter play between Charlie Parsons and Matt Williams down the right saw the latter shoot just wide.

On the quarter of an hour mark a perfectly weighted free kick taken by Mike Rowcliffe put Ewan Williams through on goal but he dragged his shot wide from a good position.

Nailsea had to wait only five minutes to go ahead when Matt Williams fastened onto a ball on the right before finding the back of the net with a brilliantly judged lob over the keeper.

A minute later United were dealt a blow when centre back Scott Fisher sustained a possible hamstring injury to give way to Matt Day.

On 24 minutes a lapse in concentration by the Nailsea defence gave the home side a scoring chance which was spurned.

Nailsea were having more of the ball enabling Ewan Williams to play in Mike Rowcliffe on 32 minutes but the shot by the United captain lacked power.


Westfield 0 Nailsea United 1


Although in control Nailsea could have taken more of a grip on the game if the few chances created were taken.

The home side started the second half by taking the game to Nailsea forcing Owen Adamson in the United goal to save at the feet of the advancing Westfied attacker taking him too wide to shoot on target.

Nailsea weathered the Westfield storm unscathed before Charlie Parsons danced his way into a shooting position but the home keeper gathered his shot.

United doubled their lead in the 56th minute with Ewan Williams set free on the left before sending a perfect pass along the ground to the near post where Matt Day expertly tucked the ball into the Westfield net. Westfield to their credit did not let their heads drop forcing Adamson to save a cross shot from their right and the tip another effort over the bar.

The game was all but over on 67 minutes with Tom Kemble picking out Matt Williams who showed immediate control before beating the keeper with a perfect finish.

With his afternoon work done Matt Williams gave way to namesake Henry Williams as Nailsea looked to protect their lead.

The final goal action saw good approach play by the home side which ended with Adamson blocking a near post shot.

Another three points for Nailsea as they cement their position in the top five of the league.

On Saturday, October 16, they are on their travels again with a visit to Chilcompton Sports. Kick off 3pm.

Other results.

  • Glastonbury 3 Reserves 1

  • Worle Rangers 4 Nailsea A team 1

  • Nailsea B team 3 Clevedon United B 7

  • Nailsea C team 2 Hutton A 4.


Match report Roger Lock

Top of league Nailsea winners


Minehead Barbarians 22 Nailsea & Backwell 32


It was the battle of the top two in the league on the west coast of Somerset on Saturday afternoon, October 9.

Nailsea came out of the blocks firing as Luke Caswell scored from Dickie Palmer's good line out work.

The Ravens continued the pressure with goal line pick and go’s which saw Ciaran Askew power his way over.

Ten minutes later a fantastically accurate passing move saw left wing Charlie Bircham Davies go over in the corner.

Nailsea could have had the bonus point wrapped up by half time when an Alex Jones break left Ryan Love with one defender and the space of the pitch, the last pass was deliberately knocked down by Minehead’s winger James Day, with the referee giving a scrum as he unsighted to the incident.

Before the break Minehead brought on former Exeter Chief and Jersey Red back row Charlie Walker Blair to save the match for them. It nearly worked as they scored two good tries through James Day and Jack Claydon.

At 12-15, the Ravens had to dig deep and responded with Jamie Elswood going over followed by a perfectly executed backs move that saw Joe Collins set up Alex Jones for a try.

Elswood slotting both conversions.

At 12-29 it seemed the game was in the bag but Minehead came back again scoring two tries to enter the last nail biting five minutes 22-29.

The Ravens have a togetherness this season that makes them tough to breakdown, winning a penalty for Elswood to slot to take a bonus point wining what can only be described as an absolute classic.


The Ravens compete in their Covid delayed Combination Vase Final at Lockleaze Sports Complex against Imperial to try and win the first piece of senior silverware in the clubs history.

The kick off is at 4.45pm for the match on Saturday, October 16, and supporters coach will leave at 3pm.

Match report: Tony Hill

  • While the Ravens 1st team continue its perfect streak with a sixth bonus point win on the trot N&B IIs lost an inthralling Pink Ladies Day game 31-33 against North Petherton RFC in a brilliant atmosphere. Photos from the Pink Ladies fundraising fixture are in our Gallery HERE and please note tickets for the fireworks are fast selling out - more details HERE.


Saturday morning for junior tennis

Nailsea Lawn Tennis Club junior coaching is at Mizzymead Recreation Centre on Saturday mornings for young people aged four to 17 years.

  • 9.15-9.55am ages four to six (mini red)

  • 10-10.55am ages seven to 12 (orange/green)

  • 11am-noon ages 12-15 (yellow)

  • noon-1pm ages 14-17 (yellow)

Nailsea Lawn Tennis weekly club sessions

Nailsea United cup run victory


Ashcott 2 Nailsea United 2  (5-6 pens)

Nailsea having succumbed to lower league opposition in the League Cup were well aware that the visit to Ashcott who ply their trade two divisions below Nailsea could also prove to be a difficult game.

The home side tested Owen Adamson in the United goal after three minutes forcing him to make a double save to stop Ashcott taking the lead. Two minutes later Charlie Parsons worked his way into the home area but the keeper gathered.

Nailsea were again indebted to Adamson after 13 minutes when a cross from the Ashcott right was headed goalwards to be smothered at point blank range.

As the half progressed United could not put their game together with sloppy passes and it was no surprise that Ashcott took the lead with a thunderous shot on 33 minutes which gave Adamson no chance.


Ashcott 1  Nailsea United 0


Ten minutes into the second half Nailsea had to ring the changes with Freddie King replacing Leon Osborne in attack.

King then had the ball in the net twice in five minutes but each time he was adjudged to be offside.  

Nailsea then introduced James Springett in place of Tom Cattermole.

However, on 64 minutes there was no doubt when King took a free kick just

outside the area finding Luis Parnham who poked the ball past the keeper for the equaliser.

In the next two minutes Ashcott were back in front when poor defensive work allowed them to retake the lead.

The game on Saturday October 2, was end to end but the United equaliser came with 15 minutes remaining from another King free kick which was deflected past the keeper for the equaliser.

The last few minutes were frenetic with Ashcott heading wide from a good position to be followed by Adamson pushing a shot over the bar.

The game was then to be decided by penalties.

Successful for Nailsea were, King, Springett, Hodges, Williams, Parnham and Kemble.

The hero was keeper Owen Adamson who dive to his left to save the crucial Ashcott fifth penalty to ensure his team are into the next round

On Saturday, October 9, Nailsea travel to Westfield in the league.

Kick off 3pm

Other results:

  • Burnham United Res 4 Nailsea United Res 1

  • Churchill 2 Nailsea United A 1

  • Nailsea United B 2 AFC Nailsea 2


Match report: Roger Lock

LOVE ALL: This summer Nailsea Lawn Tennis Club has its courts resurfaced at Mizzymead Recreation Centre. The club has three floolit, tufted, sand-dressed surfaces to International Tennis Federation (ITF) rating 4 (medium/fast). It you would like to play on these courts or find out more about the club go to

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Top of the leader board

The table-topping Nailsea and Backwell RFC 1st team completed their fifth bonus point win in five starts at the weekend in pretty tough conditions.
On a wet and windy Saturday afternoon, October 2, at West End ground they entertained Wells RFC.
Despite the visitors having the majority of the ball in the first few minutes it was Ravens who scored first through Harvey Flower
The home side's second try came courtesy of Harry Marshall who finished off a flowing move.
Jamie Elswood converted to make it 12-0.
The forwards then started to dominate with captain Luke Sharp driving over their third try which was converted by Elswood.
The bonus point try came from the forwards with number 8 Luke Caswell scoring from the scrum.
With Elswood again converting the home side went into the break leading 26-0.
A scrappy start to the second half saw the visitors capitalise on some loose play to open their account.
But the home sides dominance in the pack led to their next score, a penalty try.
The scoring was rounded off when Sam Cook used the space available to finish.
Elswood again converted.
Final score N&B 40 Wells 7. 


Back in scrum


Keynsham 3s 5 Nailsea & Backwell 3s 7


A long awaited return to league action for N&B’s III’s saw them away to Keynsham III’s on Saturday, September 25.

Given that the club put out three full sides this weekend, the 3s made the journey to Keynsham with a strong squad and a number of replacements.

The game started with Keynsham receiving the ball from Nailsea and the early engagements were evenly contested.

Both sides were probing each other attacking wise, but this was matched by strong defence by both teams.

Keynsham having a larger pack, in particular the front five, gave them the edge in the scrums and kept them in contention.

However, Nailsea dominated territory and possession, spending the last 25 minutes of the first half in their now tiring opposition’s 22.

Nailsea came close to scoring a couple of times, trying to go wide around the Keynsham side, but some scrambled defence denied Nailsea the score they were desperate to get.



Keynsham 3s 0 Nailsea & Backwell 3s 0

The second half started with Keynsham camped in Nailsea’s 22 for some 10 minutes.

Finally Nailsea managed to turn the ball over, and passed the ball down their line, where an attempted clearance kick was charged down, falling fortuitously to a Keynsham player who picked up and went over out wide in the corner.

The conversion attempt failed to go over - making it 5 points to nil to Keynsham 10 minutes into the second half.

This score only served to galvanise the resolve of the Nailsea side and they returned to playing how they had finished the first half - dominating territory and possession.

The pressure now fully back on Keynsham, Nailsea pinned them in their 22 again for much of the remaining half.

With 20 minutes remaining in the half an attempted penalty kick, pretty much in front of the post’s went wide, denying Nailsea the reward which they clearly deserved.

Undaunted by this, Nailsea pressed again, with the forwards scrambling close to the line, but again the ball was dropped over the line.

No matter though, with 15 minutes still remaining and as the tension increased Nailsea were playing a penalty advantage, and the the ball was


eventually worked wide for Nailsea to go over in the corner to score their try, much to the delight of the team and their travelling supporters.

Now with an even more difficult kick than the penalty taken earlier, the tension was written on the faces of the Nailsea side as the kick was lined up.

However, no need to worry, the balled sailed through the uprights giving Nailsea a 7 points to 5 lead with ten minutes to go.

The tension was palpable, but Nailsea comfortably wound the clock down to claim a well earned and much deserved victory.

Try from Dan Bailey, conversion Matt Pope.

Match report: Aidey Knighton

Photo: Mark Raby

Swags win home and away



Nailsea & Tickenham 6 Stockwood Green 1

Nailsea & Tickenham FC were once again in action in the Uhlsport Somerset County League Premier Division on Saturday, September 25,  when they took on Stockwood Green at their ground at Fryth Way, Nailsea.

The Swags had already played Stockwood Green earlier in the month when they bagged a 2-0 away win.

The home side attacked their opponents from the outset and after only six minutes there was a beauty of a goal from Sam Trueman, who sent the ball into the top left corner from outside the box.

However, the Swags then conceded just a couple of minutes later as the travelling Stockwood Green team scored an equally impressive goal.

Joe Berry’s return to the Swags from a week out was eagerly anticipated, and sure enough he delivered.

A low free kick tricked the wall and the Stockwood keeper to make it 2-1 for the Swags.

He then nicely converted a penalty they’d won on the stroke of half-time.Berry then completed a hat trick just five minutes into the second half when he beat his man and headed the ball into the net.


Despite the dominant 4-1 score line most of the second half was even, but there were two more gifts for the home team towards the end of the game.

Jacob O’Donnell, perhaps taking some inspiration from Berry, scored from a free kick for the Swags’ fifth.

Substitute Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist added the final goal as he drove forward and broke through a tired Stockwood defence to cap off a dominant and ruthless display from Nailsea & Tickenham.

Joe Berry sponsored by Olive Construction was awarded man of the match.

On Saturday, October 2, Nailsea & Tickenham play Combe St Martin at home with kick off at 2pm.


Pictures: Paul Harnden

Report: James Harnden

Green green grass of home

A belated presentation was made to Nailsea United before the match on Saturday by the FA.

The award is for the grounds team of the season 2019-20.

This award isa little late due to the pandemic.

Nailsea United were selected as winners of this award after nominations from visiting teams, supporters and other visitors to The Grove.

The award was presented to club chairman Chris Adamson by Dave Braithwaite representing the Somerset County League and Megan Buller representing the Somerset FA.

Chris said: “We are delighted that we have been selected following all of the hard work that has been put in to give both players and spectators something to be proud of.”

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Four goals for top five Nailsea


Nailsea United 4 Ilminster Town 0


Nailsea United were at home to Ilminster Town on Saturday, September 25, who are having a difficult season. United were looking to cement their position in the top five of the Premier League.

Nailsea had the better of the early minutes with Matt Williams testing the visiting keeper on seven minutes.

On the quarter of an hour mark a searching ball by Tom Kemble found Matt Williams but he was unable to control the direction of his header.

It was all Nailsea with James Springett spraying passes to both wings.

One such pass found Ryan Ford on the right who in turn passed to Charlie Parsons but his first time effort was gathered by the keeper.

Ewan Williams made a strong run down the left forcing the busy keeper to save at the near post.

It seemed that it was only a matter of time for Nailsea to open the score which they duly did on 25 minutes when the Springett, Ford combination gave Matt Williams a chance which he took to open scoring.

On 32 minutes United were awarded a penalty when the visiting keeper brought down Matt Williams. The same player took the kick sending the ball into the far corner to double the lead.



Nailsea United 2  Ilminster Town 0


The young United team were playing some delightful football and well worth their half time advantage.

The opening stages of the second half saw a more balanced game.

On 60 minutes Ryan Ford gave way to Elliott Moore to operate on the left flank.

This saw Ford at his best taking on his full back to send a succession of dangerous crosses into the danger zone.

United added another goal on 70 minutes with a passing movement that involved six players before Charlie Parsons finished off a great move firing past the keeper for goal number three.

At this point a double change was made with Leon Osborne and Luis Parnham replacing Matt Williams and Tom Cattermole.

The gallant Ilminster Town team were put to the sword with the fourth goal coming from a James Springett free kick which found the back of the net.

To be truthful the young Nailsea side were a yard quicker all over the pitch which allowed them to play a style of football which must have delighted the management team of Paul Mclaughlin and Andy Roper.

On Saturday, October 2, it is a trip to Ashcott in the Somerset Senior Cup. Kick off 2pm

In other results:

  • A team 0 Worle Reserves 4

  • C team 2 Congresbury 1

Match report Roger Lock


Close-fought win for Colts

Nailsea Colts battled to a narrow win against a numerically superior Winscombe side in their first full match of the season in a game characterised by gritty defence and determination.
Arriving with a bare 15 players Nailsea Colts knew they were in for a hard afternoon as the opposition were able to bring on fresh legs and rotate their squad throughout the game.

Following some early exchanges Winscombe caught the Nailsea defence napping and went over for an early converted try.
The resultant celebrations provoked the Nailsea players into increasing their own intensity in all areas of the game, with strong carries into midfield from Evan Williams and Connor Marsh leading to a first try for the visitors from Full Back James Warren.
Continued hard work from the forwards and some excellent midfield co-ordination from centres Sam Chidzey and Tom Fortune provided space for Fly Half Emile Swanson to take the ball blind where the Winscombe defence were outnumbered and over for his first try of the afternoon.
Two further tries from Swanson in the second half, with two conversions from Warren, took the scores to 24-21 to Nailsea.

With the Nailsea bodies tiring after what seemed to be a remarkably long match, Winscombe began to take the initiative and looked to attack with wave after wave.

This Nailsea team is quickly setting out its stall as hard and resilient though, and every player put themselves on the line to keep the Winscombe players out.

With a final knock on from Winscombe the game was won and the Nailsea Colts enjoyed celebrating an excellent victory.
On Sunday, September 26, the Colts take on Broad Plain in their first home match of the season. Kick off at 2pm and with the bar open it’s a great opportunity to come and see the Colts in action.

Match report Steve Whitwham

Home Additions shirt sponsors

As part of their progression through the rugby age groups, in mid-September the Nailsea & Backwell Under 14 rugby team were presented with their new shirts.

This is an important ‘right of passage’ for players at the club when they reach U14s, and the team is very proud to be sponsored this year by Alan Goddard, of Home Additions, Nailsea’s own house clearance specialists.

Alan was delighted to be approached to support the boys and his generosity means that the team are now able to wear this lovely set of shirts when they play all of their matches.

Alan believes passionately in supporting our children and has trained as a counsellor in his spare time to help young people.

He understands the importance of sport as a physical outlet for young people and he was keen to encourage them though the purchase of the shirts.

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Nailsea & Backwell RFC has a thriving junior section offering sport to children from ages five to 18 years.

The West End club is always happy to welcome new players though and all age groups, including the featured U14s would be delighted to hear from you if your son or daughter is interested in joinin.

For more information email

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Leg Stretch
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New junior team launch at Backwell  for u13s

Are you in Year 8 (aged 12-13 years)?

Do you want a more exciting Saturday or Sunday morning? you love football?

Then come and join the fantastically friendly Backwell Football Club.

Open to boys and girls who want to get fit, have fun and play football.

Whether you are playing already and fancy a change or just want to give the sport a try you will find a warm welcome here.

Home garmes are usually played at Backwell Recreation Group or at Backwell School.

For more information email


Nailsea nets a home win


Nailsea United 2  Fry Club 0


Following last weeks disappointing cup result it was back to league action for Nailsea United with the visit of Fry Club to The Grove on Saturday, September 18.

It was the visitors that started the strongest with Owen Adamson forced into making a save within two minutes.

Gradually United put their game together, taking the lead on 10 minutes. Ryan Ford latched onto a cross from the left making space for himself before picking his spot to find the back of the net with the ball crossing the line via the far post.

Ten minutes later Fry Club were awarded a penalty which well hit but fortunately for Nailsea hit the post to rebound to safety.

With half an hour gone it was Ryan Ford again who tested the visiting keeper but this time although the ball was not gathered cleanly it was cleared to safety.

The next scoring chance followed a James Springett corner from the right which was met cleanly by Mike Rowcliffe but his effort was off target.

With three minutes left of the first half a good passing movement saw Matt Day bearing down on the Fry goal but his shot did not trouble the keeper.


Nailsea United 1  Fry Club 0


Five minutes into the second half Adamson in the United goal saved well at the feet of the advancing Fry forward.

The next opportunity fell to Matt Williams who perhaps should have done better when a pinpoint cross from Ryan Ford found him in space but his header was sent wide.

The first Nailsea change was made on 62 minutes when the injured Ford was replaced by Tom Cattermole. Fry Club were having more of the ball with a break down the left saw the final shot hit the side netting.

With 10 minutes to go Nailsea were lucky with a goal line header clearing the ball with Adamson beaten.

Then with five minutes remaining a moment that illuminated a rather dour game.

Matt Williams and Charlie Parsons on the left closed down a Fry Club defender to pass the ball into the centre of the pitch to find James Springett 25 yards from goal.

One touch to set himself before unleashing a shot which found the top corner of the Fry Club goal to give his side clear daylight.

Fry Club were not finished forcing Adamson to save a point blank range from a header.

Finally, the last act of the match was for Ben Hodges to replace Matt Day as time ran out leaving Nailsea with three hard earned points.

On Saturday, September 25, United are home again this time to Ilminster Town. Kick off 3pm

In other results the Reserves went down by the only goal of the game at Tunley.

The A side were beaten by four goals to two at home to Uphill Castle Reserves and finally the B side were beaten 5-1 at Axbridge.

Match report: Roger Lock


WIN WIN: Fingers crossed for Woodspring Ladies who kick-off at Fryth Way on Sunday afternoon, September 19 against Burnham. This is a new women's team setting up for the 2021-22 season, providing football for those living in the old Woodspring district, especially in Clevedon, Nailsea, Backwell and Yatton. And there was a stunning win for N&B RFC 1st team on Saturday, September 18, against Stothert and Pitt - see scoreboard! This results means three bonus wins from the first three games of the season for The Raven

UPDATE: Woodspring Ladies sponsored by H Gould painter and decorator won 2-1. Hayley took the photo


Swags maintain its unbeaten run


Nailsea & Tickenham 2 Chard Town 0


Nailsea & Tickenham aimed to continue their unbeaten start to the season as they hosted Chard Town at Fryth Way in the Uhlsport Somerset County League Premier Division on Saturday, September 18.

Chard were playing for the first time in five weeks due to a number of COVID-19 issues, which has seen them play only three games out of a possible seven so far this season.

Kick-off was due for 3pm, but a late arrival from Chard due to heavy traffic on the M5 pushed it back by 10 minutes.

The home side were much changed due to a number of key player absences, but that didn’t stop the Swags from playing for the three crucial points from the off.

There were early opportunities for Aaron Blackmore who hit the post and Jacob O’Donnell who should have scored.

The breakthrough came after 30 minutes as the Swags took the lead through Jared Ford who broke Chard’s defence and gave the home side a 1-0 advantage.

Not long after the Swags doubled their lead thanks to Josh Benjamin to add further misery to their opposition.

This capped off a dominant first half for the Swags.

The second half was a much quieter affair as Chard started to blow away the cobwebs from their enforced break.


There were no more goals for the rest of the game, but Aaron Blackmore must have felt frustrated.

He had a number of chances that the striker was unable to convert, keeping the subs busy retrieving the match ball from the hedge.

Nailsea & Tickenham’ FC are home to Stockwood Green in the league on Satruday, September 25, with kick off at 3pm.

Pictures: Paul Harnden

Report: James Harnden


SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Following two bonus point wins in the first two games of the new season, N&B RFC welcome Stothert & Pitt to the West Ground on Saturday, September 18, kick off 3pm..Above is the Ravens 1st team squad for this game.

Prior to this on Friday, September 17, the 2nd XV are away to Gordano II for their final warm-up game with kick off at 7.30pm. And the BIG NEWS is on Saturday, October 16, the rugby club will compete in their first ever cup final. Unfortunately this is an away fixture but you can pre-book seats on the supporters coach to the Combination Vase Final between N&B RFC and Bristol Imperial. To book follow this link . Steve Whitwham said: "It's the news you have been waiting for!!! A first for our fabulous community, the rugby club will compete in their first ever cup final. Let's get behind our local lads and support them on the big day."


Illusive back of the net


Timsbury Athletic 1  Nailsea United 0


Nailsea travelled to Timsbury on Saturday, September 11, for a league cup clash.

Timsbury play in the league below Nailsea and were looking to take the scalp of their illustrious visitors.

Within three minutes the home side tested the Nailsea defence with a break down the left which ended with wide shot.

United countered with Charlie Parsons bring a good save from the home keeper at full stretch.

Both teams had chances with Timsbury not making the best use of an opportunity shooting straight at Owen Adamson on 12  minutes.

Five minutes later Ryan Ford made space but shot wide.

Neither side could find the opening goal with Parsons putting Matt Day through but again the keeper saved easily.

As the first half drew to a close a Parsons snap shot was gathered by the home keeper above his head whilst at the other end a fierce Timsbury effort was tipped over the bar by Adamson.


Timsbury Athletic 0  Nailsea United 0


At half time Nailsea made their first change with Elliott Moore giving way to Leon Osborne in attack.

Timsbury started the second half the strongest with two dangerous crosses both of which just needed a connection to give them the lead.

With five minutes gone a United free kick saw Ewan Williams in a good position on the left but his final effort did not trouble the home keeper.

Two minutes later a James Springett corner was glanced by Scott Fisher just past the far post.

On 60 minutes Nailsea were indebted to Adamson as he saved at the near post.

Nailsea made a double change on 65 minutes with Matt Day and Scott Fisher giving way for Hallam Hawker and Sam Olsen.

A minute later a Springett free kick was headed by Tom Kemble but he could not generate enough power to beat the keeper.

With 15 minutes remaining Timsbury took advantage of Nailsea not clearing their lines to bundle the ball over the line to give them the lead.

This reverse saw Nailsea push forward but found the Timsbury defence equal to them as they sensed a home win.

United had two more half chances before the final whistle with Luis Parnham finding Tom Kemble but his shot rose over the bar.

Finally, Sam Olsen chased a through ball but the advancing home keeper grabbed the ball by the fingertips as Olsen tried to go around him.

So, it will be the Timsbury name that will go onto the hat for the next round with Nailsea looking for a way to add goals to their approach play.

On Saturday, September 18, it is back to league action when Fry Club are the visitors to The Grove. Kick off 3pm.

In other results the A team scored nine goals in a win over Yatton & Cleeve. Final score Yatton & Cleeve 1 Nailsea United A 9.

Match report Roger Lock

Swags unbeaten record



Fry Club FC 1 Nailsea & Tickenham FC 5


Nailsea & Tickenham travelled to the Somerdale Pavilion on Tuesday, September 7 to take on Fry Club FC in the Uhlsport Somerset County League Premier Division.

After beating Stockwood Green 2-0 at the weekend the Swags were aiming to maintain their unbeaten run in the midweek evening encounter.

The Swags struck early when Jared Ford scored with a diving header after just three minutes of the match played.

Most of the first half was even with chances for both teams as Swags keeper and skipper Jason Mellor was called into action a few times to deny the hosts.

Ford doubled his tally five minutes from the interval with a heel flick that beat the keeper.

Like their weekend game, the second half showing was a more dominant display once again from the Swags.

Ollie Carter got on the scoresheet to make it 3-0 and then just a few minutes later Joe Berry made it 4-0 for the travelling team.

Despite being 4-0 down the home side didn’t give in and managed to gain a penalty which was duly converted by Fry’s James Phillips.

Fifteen minutes out from full time Sam Trueman connected with Jacob O’Donnell’s corner to make it 5-1 and cap off a dominant and clinical performance from Nailsea & Tickenham.

While the scoreline said 5-1 the visitors certainly could have had more goals.

Jacob O’donnell sponsored by SM Power was awarded man of the match.

Nailsea & Tickenham are away from home again on Saturday, September 11, when the team travel to Stockwood Lane to take on Stockwood Wanderers in a cup game.

More pictures are available to view here ib Flicikr:


Pictures: Paul Harnden

Report: James Harnden

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Scotch Horn Nailsea

Nailsea United home win

Nailsea United 1 Westfield 0


On a warm balmy afternoon of Saturday, September 4, Nailsea United played hosts to Westfield.

First team pictured top before the game.

United were looking to return to winning ways after two disappointing results.

Nailsea made their intentions clear from the outset as James Springett fired just wide on two minutes.

Six minutes later Charlie Parsons made a good run down the right but his cross was cut out.

Minutes later Mike Rowcliffe headed an Elliott Moore corner but the Westfield keeper gathered.

It was all Nailsea with James Springett playing a clever pass inside the full back for Ryan Ford who brought a good save from the keeper.

At last, the United pressure was rewarded on 24 minutes with a Mark Iles corner beyond the far post where it was guided back into the danger area for Mike Rowcliffe to react quickest stabbing the ball into the net to give Nailsea a deserved lead.

With two minutes of the first half left Nailsea were given a warning when a Westfield corner from their right was headed goalwards only to rebound onto the line before being cleared to safety.

With the official looking at his watch Ewan Williams played a square ball to James Springett who hit the ball first time from 25 yards only to see it rebound from the crossbar with the visiting keeper just a spectator.



Nailsea United 1 Westfield 0


With all of their dominance of the first 45 minutes United would be disappointed to go into the break with a slender one goal lead.

The second half started in the same manner as the first one with Nailsea pressing. Iles shot wide to be followed by Charlie Parsons working a shooting position but the final effort lacked power.

On 65 minutes Elliott Moore gave way to Leon Osborne in attack.

The latter was played in by Springett with 20 minutes remaining but again the final shot was gathered easily by the keeper.

Charlie Parsons showed good control to work his way along the goal line


before finding Ryan Ford who forced a good save from the Westfield keeper.

With 15 minutes remaining Nailsea made their final change with Matt Day being replaced by Sam Olsen.

Nailsea had one more clear chance of making the game safe on 82 minutes with a neat move down the right before the ball was pulled back to Ryan Ford who was unable to find the target shooting well over the bar.

The best thing to be said about this match is that it gave Nailsea another three points to remain in fifth place in the league.

It is a long time since I saw a team dominate a match only to score one goal.

At times Nailsea over complicated their approach play when playing simple passes would have been more rewarding.

On Saturday, September 11, Nailsea have a rest from the league programme when they travel to first division Timsbury in the cup. Kick off 3pm.

In other results the scores were as follows.

  • Cam Valley 4 Reserves 3

  • Nailsea A 2 Clevedon United A 1

  • Nailsea B 1 Locking Park Res 1

Unless there is a change in fixtures the next match at The Grove is on Saturday, September 18, when the First Team host Fry Club. Kick off 3pm.

Match report: Roger Lock


Unbeaten Swags score in 2nd half


Stockwood Green 0 Nailsea & Tickenham 2

Nailsea & Tickenham travelled to Stockwood Green on Saturday, Septemger 4, looking for another entertaining encounter in the Uhlsport Somerset County League Premier Division.

The Swags aiming to register their fourth victory of the season against a Stockwood Green side who had only won once so far.

The match was played on a hot day, hot enough that the players would need to stop for regular drink breaks.

There were chances for both teams during a scrappy first half, but neither team could breach the other’s defence, so the score was level at 0-0 at half-time.

Both teams went into the break knowing they the needed to raise their game.

Nailsea & Tickenham were the team to restart the best as they started to wind up their performance, and when James Seeley squared the ball to Luke Osgood the striker made it 1-0 to the visitors.

Then followed a period where the Swags had plenty of chances, but try as they might they were unable to break the deadlock.The second Swags goal did come though, from substitute Aaron Blackmore, to seal the deal for the travelling team.

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The game ended 0-2 in what was not a straightforward, but a hard-earned three points for the Swags.

Nailsea & Tickenham remain unbeaten, and their next opposition are Fry Club away on Tuesday, September 7. 

Chris Gale sponsored by Bloggs Salon was awarded man of the match.

For more photos go to Flickr:

Pictures: Paul Harnden

Report: James Harnden


Paradiso football kit sponsors

Selkirk United has a new sponsor.
Paradiso the Italian restaurant on the Link Road is sponsoring the new kit for the coming season.
Manager Richard Stamp said: "A big thanks to Ollie and Carlos for their support."
Selkirk Utd has been playing in Nailsea since 1991 with Richard as manager from the 1996-97 season - that is 25 years in the hot seat!
It has two teams currently in the Weston & District Div 2 with its home pitch at Golden Valley playing fields.
Nailsea Social Club at Chapel Barton is its unoffical clubhouse.

Worle game gives bank holiday woes


Nailsea United 2 Worle 4 

A very heavily congested bank holiday programme made team selection problematical for United’s home fixture against a usually very strong Worle side on Saturday, August 28.

Worle were the quickest out of the blocks with a run and shot just wide of the Nailsea goal after four minutes.

United retaliated with Rob Brown picking out Mark Iles in a good position but his first time shot did not trouble the visiting keeper.

Worle broke the deadlock on seven minutes with a break down the right which ended with a shot that beat Owen Adamson to find the far corner of the Nailsea net.

The next half chance came to Nailsea with an Iles corner beyond the far post which was met by Mike Rowcliffe but his header was send wide.

With half an hour played Nailsea scored the equaliser.

Another accurate free kick by Mark Iles found Matt Day with his back to goal, he controlled the ball on his chest before turning all in one movement to send the ball past the helpless keeper for a fine goal.

Worle were breaking quickly from defence to attack allowing them to retake the lead on 38 minutes with a move down their right which saw a piece of close control by their striker round Adamson to roll the ball into the net.

Nailsea would not lie down equalising with one minute of the first half remaining with a looping header by Rob Brown which dropped under the bar for the second United goal.


Nailsea United 2 Worle 2

It took only five minutes for Worle to regain the upper hand when they worked their way through the home defence to score a well-constructed goal. Five minutes later a Mark Iles free kick could not be gathered by the visiting keeper but Matt Day was unable to control the rebound shooting wide.

The play was end-to-end with neither goal being seriously challenged.

This came to an end with 15 minutes remaining with Worle taking advantage of poor defensive work by the home side saw the visitors take a two goal lead.

The remaining minutes saw Nailsea try to regain the initiative but the visitors held strong.

United knew that before the game that with players missing and several playing out of position they would have to perform extremely well against a competitive Worle side.

To a great degree they did just that but Worle possess two central strikers who obviously have played at a much higher level who took advantage. These two players were basically the difference between the two sides.

On Saturday, September 4, Nailsea are at home in a rearranged against Westfield. Kick off 3pm.

Match report Roger Lock


FOR SIMON: On Sunday, August 29, at the Grove a memorial game kicked off at 1pm to pay tribute to Si Taylor. It was his old senior team versus his junior side with barbecue afterwards. Si's partner Michele Sargent said:" Thank you to everyone who turned up to the charity football match in memory of Si Taylor, it was lovely to see so many people even though I didn’t know most of you. So glad the sun shone for the match although it might have been a little warm for the players and the best team one 4-3. Si would have been overwhelmed by the turn out although he hated being centre of attention."

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HEADS-UP: A huddle of rugby players at Nailsea & Backwell RFC ground at West End pictured in this atmospheric shot 

Nailsea United third win


Stockwood Green 3  Nailsea United 4


Nailsea United travelled on Tuesday night, Tuesday, August 24, to South Bristol to play Stockwood Green at their quaintly named Fish Bowl ground.

Nailsea were immediately on the attack with Matt Day played in down the left but his shot did not trouble the home keeper. Stockwood had their first meaningful attack on seven minutes but the final effort was wide of the mark.

With 15 minutes elapsed Nailsea finally broke the deadlock with Elliott Moore being put through before easily beating the keeper sliding the ball into the Stockwood net to open the scoring.

Two minutes later Hallam Hawker another youngster from the junior side who was making his full first team debut crossed from the right to find Elliott Moore who in turn found Luis Parnham whose first time shot rebounded from the upright to safety.

It was all Nailsea with the second goal coming as no surprise on 20 minutes with Ewan Williams winning a heading duel in midfield for Elliott Moore to collect before playing a through ball to Matt Day who advanced before cleverly chipping the ball over the advancing keeper to double his team’s lead.

After the early goal rush the game became more even with Williams and Mark Iles both going close. Then 10 minutes before the break Nailsea took a commanding lead with a move down the right involving Hawker and Williams whose shot rebounded from the crossbar to Matt Day who finished for his second goal of the night.

If Nailsea thought they were in for an easy win they were brought down to earth on 42 minutes when the defence was caught out by a rare Stockwood attack which gave them the chance to score their opening goal which was fired in beyond Charles Lovell.

However, the visitors struck back immediately with Charlie Parsons making a cross field pass to Hawker who in turn squared the ball into the danger area where Matt Day made no mistake to score his Hat Trick goal to give his side a half time lead of four goals to one.

At the start of the second half Stockwood announced that they were still in the game with the United defence caught square allowing the home side to score their second goal.

The home side were now playing with greater confidence aided by some hesitant Nailsea defence. It was no surprise that the home side closed the score to one goal with a well taken free kick on 55 minutes which found the top of the Nailsea goal.

Nailsea needed to regroup if they were going to take advantage of their first half dominance. With captain Mike Rowcliffe holding the defence together they rode out the Stockwood storm without any further problems. With 15 minutes remaining United made a double change with Tom Kemble and Ben Hodges replacing Harry Watts and Hallam Hawker who could feel well pleased with his first full game for the first team.

The remaining minutes passed without any further goals with Nailsea running out the winners by the odd goal in seven.

This was the third win of the season for United who must have learned that they should take no side for granted in this league as they very nearly squandered a three goal lead. Congratulation to Matt Day on his hat trick in another all action performance.

Match report Roger Lock


Midweek draw


Nailsea & Tickenham 1 Clevedon United 1

Nailsea & Tickenham and Clevedon United played out on Tuesday evening, August 24, an intense affair at Fryth Way in what was a critical tie at the beginning of the Uhlsport Somerset County League Premier Division season.

It was a game that neither were wanting to lose as both sides tried to continue their unbeaten run at the beginning of the season.

Within five minutes the first major event of the game certainly wasn’t anything less than controversial. Joe Berry’s free kick was heading into Clevedon’s goal, only for Clevedon's number four to clear the ball illegally with a hand.

The referee had no choice but to give the penalty and send the Clevedon player off. The resulting penalty was converted by Luke Osgood to give the Swags the early lead.

Despite scoring the Swags were unable to capitalise on their one goal lead and player advantage.

Both sides had plenty of chances throughout the game, but Clevedon’s hard shift paid off as number 10's free kick in the second half beat Swags keeper.

The visitors found their equaliser, making the Swags pay for not putting their chances away.

The end of the game was dramatic, end to end, with the Swags hoping to


see off their opposition and the visiting Clevedon aiming to upset the hosts. Neither side managed to find the net before the end of the game, so honours were certainly even.

The Swags remain ahead of their opponents on goal difference with the next fixture away to Clutton on Saturday, August 28.

There are more action photos posted in a Flicker ablum which you can access HERE.

Pictures: Paul Harnden

Report: James Harnden


Nailsea United win at home


Nailsea United 1  Chilcompton Sports 0


Nailsea continued their league programme on Saturday, August 21, hosting former champions Chilcompton Sports at The Grove.

The game was only three minutes old when United took the lead.

The ball was moved across the field to find Ryan Ford on the right midway inside the visitor’s half.

Perhaps given confidence by his success in shooting in the early matches Ford progressed towards the Chilcompton goal before unleashing an unstoppable shot which hit the back of the net before the keeper could move to give his side an early lead.

This reverse jolted Chilcompton into action as they took the game to Nailsea.

However, it was the home side that had the next scoring opportunity with Mark Iles crossing  the ball beyond the far post but Charlie Parsons was unable to take advantage.

United had to defend for long periods as Chilcompton mounted several attacks with shots going just wide of the Nailsea upright and a headed effort from a corner skimmimg the crossbar.

With five minutes remaining of the first half United keeper Charles Lovell saved well diving to his right to keep out a full blooded drive.


Nailsea United 1 Chilcompton Sports 0


Four minutes into the second half Nailsea were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area as Elliott Moore was hauled to the ground.

Mark Iles hit the free kick well which was saved at the second attempt by the visiting keeper.

The next goal mouth incident came on 60 minutes with a dangerous Chilcompton cross from the right was headed to safety by Scott Fisher as a  forward waited for the ball.

The industrious Iles carried the ball from the half way line towards the goal but his shot was wide of the target. The visitors were creating chances but the United defence stood strong.

With 10 minutes remaining United made the first change with Luis Parham making way for Sam Olsen who immediately set up a chance for Charlie Parsons but his effort did not trouble the keeper.

On 85 minutes Matt Day replaced Ewan Williams in attack.

The final whistle could not come quick enough for Nailsea as the visitors threw everything into scoring the equaliser.

Nailsea had to thank Charles Lovell for securing three points as with two minutes of normal time remaining, he pushed away a goal bound shot.

This was a well earned three points for United against a good visiting side who were unable to breech a well drilled home side whose defence were outstanding.

  • On Tuesday night, August 24, Nailsea travel to play South Bristol side Stockwood Green;

  • On Saturday, August 28, United are at home to Worle. Kick off 3pm; and

  • On Sunday, August 29 1pm kick off at Grove a memorial game Si Taylor’s old senior team v his junior side with barbecue afterwards.


Match report Roger Lock

Swags win by half a dozen goals


Westfield 0  Nailsea & Tickenham FC 6


Nailsea & Tickenham FC enjoyed a very dominant day on Saturday, August 21,  in the Uhlsport Somerset County League Premier Division as they saw off hosts Westfield in Midsomer Norton. 
The Swags once again demolished their opposition, as they had done mid-week when they thrashed Middlezoy Rovers 8-1 at home, meaning they now have a +15 goal difference after just three games.
The visitors came out of the blocks nicely and immediately stamped their authority on the game. It wasn’t long until the breakthrough came and after 12 minutes Luke Osgood made the most from a switch off at the back for Westfield. 
Throughout the first half Nailsea & Tickenham put in a full-blooded performance, creating a continual stream of chances, and were rewarded with a second goal on the stroke of half-time from a Dan Cook header.
The Westfield defence was to crumble early in the 2nd half, conceding three goals in just six minutes. 
Jared Ford got on the scoresheet making it 3-0, then Joe Berry then chipped over the frustrated opposition keeper to make it 4-0. A few minutes later and Berry made it 5-0 with his second, in what was a rather embarrassing opening to the second half for the hosts.
After that there was a break in the action at the Westfield end as the visitors cooled off a little. The Swags however did manage to make it 6-0 before the end of the game, a hat-trick for Joe Berry turned in from a cross. They cruised to an emphatic victory with a strong and unbeaten start to the season.
After the game joint manager Rich Lucas said: “Pushing on from our professional performance on Tuesday, the lads pressed on to score at the most important times and complete a very strong performance. 
"With all the new signings gelling well the management are extremely 


 impressed how the team has reacted so far.”

The Swags are playing Clevedon United at home on Tuesday, August 24, with a 6.30pm kick off.
Team: Mellor, Carter, Riddell, Lawton, Cook, Wallington, Berry, Trueman, Osgood, Ford, Elliot; Subs – Blakemore, Seeley, Yeoman, Manning and Steadman.

Pictures: Paul Harnden
Report: James Harnden

Nailsea at home lose to Clevedon


Nailsea United 2  Clevedon United 4 


Following the opening win of the season at Clutton on Tuesday night, August 17, Nailsea United played hosts to the strong Clevedon United team .

There is no doubt that tonight’s visitors will be challenging for the top honours in the Somerset County League.

Clevedon showed their intentions inside the first minute forcing Owen Adamson to save well at the near post. Nailsea held out until 12 minutes had elapsed when Clevedon took the lead with a quick counter attack down the right which ended with a shot across Adamson to find the far corner of the Nailsea net.

Three minutes later in a replica of the first goal another quick attack saw the ball squirm under keeper Adamson to give Clevedon a two goal lead.

Worse was to follow in the 25th minute with a third goal this time from a Clevedon raid down the left which saw the ball cannon from the far post and over the line.

Immediately Nailsea made a tactical change with Harry Watts being substituted for Charlie Parsons to bring more attacking flair to the home side.

Nailsea gradually got to grips with the visitors after early onslaught having more of the ball.

This better performance paid off on 37 minutes with Elliott Moore tucking in a rebound from the Clevedon keeper as he failed to gather a cross from the Nailsea left. The remaining minutes of the half were even with no goal opportunities.


Nailsea United 1  Clevedon United 3 

It was a different Nailsea side that took to the pitch for the second half as they took the game to the visitors.

A good move between Charlie Parsons and Ewan Williams opened up the visitor’s defence but the final shot was just wide.

The Nailsea pressure was rewarded on 51 minutes when Scott Fisher finished off a goalmouth scramble to score number two for the home side to bring the deficit to one goal.

Clevedon raised their game, but the home defence coped well with Adamson saving well with 15 minutes remaining.

Then Clevedon finally put daylight between the two sides with a well hit shot from distance which found the back of the Nailsea net to give them a two goal cushion.

Nailsea then made the final change with Sam Olsen being replaced by Leon Osborne.

For the majority of the game Nailsea competed well against a well drilled Clevedon side but it was a big ask to come back from a three goal margin but the young side never let their heads drop and fought to the end.

  • Next match is on Saturday, August 21, at The Grove. Chilcompton Sports are the visitors. Kick off 3pm.

  • On Sunday, August 29 1pm kick off at Grove a memorial game Si Taylor’s old senior team v his junior side with barbecue afterwards

Match report Roger Lock

Young guns notch 1st win


Clutton 2 Nailsea United 3


The opening game of the season on Saturday, August 14, this year saw Nailsea United travel to play Clutton.

With several experienced players unavailable Manager Paul Mclaughlin brought in young players from the home grown squad.

The question was could such a young side step up to compete with a much more experienced Clutton side?

Within two minutes of the start United found themselves in arrears when following a mix up in the Nailsea defence Clutton took advantage to take the lead.

It was important for Nailsea to respond which they did equalising two minutes later.

A move down the right flank saw the ball crossed beyond the Clutton goal where Ewan Williams showed good control to create space for a shot which flew past the home keeper to bring his side level.

Clutton then had two efforts on goal both of which were wide of the mark. On 20 minutes Mike Rowcliffe picked our Elliott Moore who beat his marker but the resultant cross was deflected for a corner.

The game then saw a period of end to end play without either goal being threatened although keeper Owen Adamson showed good handling to gather a dangerous cross from Clutton


Clutton 1 Nailsea United 1

After the initial goal rush the first half was even with all to play for in the second half.

Nailsea were forced to make a change on 58 minutes when Leon Osborne gave way to Charlie Parsons.

Two minutes later United had a half chance when Elliott Moore crossed from the left to find the head of Ryan Ford but the effort was sent wide. Nailsea were beginning to have more of the ball with good work by Parsons created a chance which was cleared by the home defence.

The home team then began to push Nailsea back with Owen Adamson doing well to push away a shot from the left to keep the score equal.

On 80 minutes the second change was made with Harry Watts being replaced by Ben Hodges.

Charlie Parsons was beginning to cause the Clutton defence problems with his close control.

On 80 minutes his twisting and turning created a goal opportunity but the end shot was wide. Other chances fell to Sam Olsen and Mark Iles but neither could find the target.

The stalemate was finally broken following a Nailsea raid down the right with the ball sent into the danger area causing panic in the home defence which resulted in them conceding an own goal to give United the lead.

A very mobile Elliott Moore saw his shot parried to safety by the keeper. Clutton equalised when Nailsea failed to clear their lines bringing the scores level. Was there to be a twist in the tail?

With minutes to go Charlie Parsons picked up the ball in the centre circle before sending Ryan Ford away on the right. Ford showed good composure picking his spot just inside the near post to send the ball beyond the home keeper to restore the lead.

The last United change was made when the hard working Mark Iles was replaced by Hallam Hawker.

In the last minute of the game Clutton were awarded with a free kick just outside the box.

ACTION MAN: Former United player and coach with Priority Football at Nailsea School is Solomon Wanjau-Smith who now plays for Hungerford FC

In the last minute of the game Clutton were awarded with a free kick just outside the box.

The ball was arrowing its way into the Nailsea goal only for Adamson to cap a fine display by diving to his right to push the ball way at full stretch to ensure his side took all three points.

The answer to the question of could this very young side step up to the task is a resounding yes.

Marshalled at the back by captain Mike Rowcliffe the defence stood strong against a lively Clutton attack.

The midfield and the young front players gave Clutton no respite and were rewarded with a fine win.

For the neutral this game had everything good goals and good saves interspersed with excellent football by both sides in between.

  • Next match is on Tuesday, August 17, when Clevedon United are the visitors at The Grove. Kick off 6.30pm and on Saturday, August 21, Chilcompton Sports are the visitors. Kick off 3pm.

  • On Sunday, August 29 1pm kick off at Grove a memorial game Si Taylor’s old senior team v his junior side with barbecue afterwards

Match report Roger Lock

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PLAY ON: On Saturday afternoon, August 7, the national Middleton Cup inter county bowls cup semi-final was played at Nailsea Bowls Club. The match is between Devon and Worcestershire. Nailsea was selected as an independent green to hold this important match. Devon came out top. Rain did not stop play, it just slowed it down. The lawn bowls club offers both Men and Ladies social and competitive play throughout the summer from mid April to September. New members are welcome.Qualified coaches are available.It is part of the Mizzymead Recreation Centre. If you are interested in playing bowls visit 


All photos by Mike West.

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Nice touch by winning Nailsea rugby team in O2 tournament

As part of a nationwide tournament, Nailsea Touch participated in an O2 Touch Tournament at St Mary's Old Boys.
Nailsea were put in a group with Supermarines, Bristol Harlequins and hosts St Mary's.

While Nailsea would probably admit that they weren't at their absolute best throughout these games, they're control and discipline won out as they cruised into the knockout stage.
Post-break between fixtures, temperatures sored to above 30 degrees, making the conditions tough for free flowing rugby.
Nailsea faced a strong Thornbury side in the semi-finals who had come out of a tricky group themselves.
Nailsea once again showed fantastic control as they shot out into a 4-1 lead early on, allowing them to preserve energy ahead of the final.
Even when Thornbury started to fight their way back into the game, Nailsea never look at threat of losing their lead as the line defence held true on several occasions.
The final was against a side they had already faced, hosts St Mary's who had beaten won of the tournament favourites Cardiff in the semi-finals.
The first meeting between the two was a high-scoring 6-5 affair that was only won after Emile Swanson snuck over with just seconds left.

The final was much more tense.

Nailsea Touch camped themselves in the St Mary's half for much of the game, and after a counter-attack started by Celine Swanson gave Ryan Anthoney the space to get within 10m of the opposition line, it just took a simple pass to put Adam Weavers in space to open the scoring.

Nailsea's defence looked as good as it had been the whole tournament and St Mary's found it difficult to breakdown.

They eventually broke the Nailsea back line as they managed to find room out wide to score in the corner. 1-1 with half the match to go.

They eventually broke the Nailsea back line as they managed to find room out wide to score in the corner. 1-1 with half the match to go.

Despite being level, you'd have been forgiven for thinking Nailsea were in front as they continued to keep St. Mary's pinned in the final 20m.
This pressure finally paid off as Tom Henderson, playing in his first tournament for Nailsea, slid over the line to give Nailsea a 2-1 lead, that would never be broken.

Coach Adam Weavers said: "Every single player gave their all today and I was so proud to be part of this team today.

"We came up against a lot of tricky opposition but we never let them get the better of us."
Nailsea will finish their summer season this week in the Bristol League with a top 8 finish.

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IN THE SCRUM: Bristol Bears community foundation is hosting some summer holiday camps in North Somerset including at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club at West End. From Monday to Wednesday, August 9-11, they are holding player development camp and a skills masterclass session. The camps consist of a games-based combination of technical input and fun. Away from the playing field, the camps also offer rugby lifestyle workshops, including nutritional and fitness advice.Each and every camp is evaluated and fully endorsed by coaches at the very top of the sport.  All coaches hold PRL Minimum Standards qualifications – including minimum RFU Level 1, Enhanced DBS, Safeguarding & Protecting Young People, and First Aid. To book click HERE

TEAM SPORT: Come and try netball at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea. These are drop-in sessions with a sport England netball coach. Whether you are looking to try a new activity or have experience playing everyone is welcome. For further information or to book call 01275 856965.

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ROLL UP: This slideshow is taken from the Bowls' Big Weekend on May bank holiday weekend. Nailsea Bowls Club is a friendly and competitive outdoor lawn bowls club. It offers all ages the chance to play social and competitive bowls. All standards of play are catered for from beginners to experienced league and county players.Coaching is available for all levels, including a Junior Academy. As part of the Mizzymead Recreation Centre it is also able to offer indoor bowls, for all year round play, as well as catering and bar facilities. For further information and membership details which includes a 50 per cent discount for new members please email

Leak delays opening of big pool

The re-opening of the main swimming pool at Backwell Leisure Centre has been delayed for a fortnight and will now re-open to the public in mid-May.

The centre's other facilities, including the learner pool, gym and squash courts, will re-open as planned on Saturday, May 1.

Urgent work has started today to repair a leak that was discovered when the main pool was refilled in preparation for the centre re-opening.

When the pool was refilled it was noticed that it was using excessive levels of water. Investigation works using cameras were carried out and a leak to the water supply line at the shallow end of the pool was discovered.

Excavation works and major repairs to the pipework have begun to avoid further water loss and damage to the infrastructure of the pool.

When these works are completed the pool will then be topped up and brought up to temperature ready for re-opening.

The new date for the pool opening will be announced as soon as possible and the leisure centre will be contacting anyone affected by the delay.

North Somerset Council executive member for neighbourhoods and community services Mike Solomon is the Independent ward councillor for Hutton and Locking.

He said: "We have carried out a significant amount of work at the leisure centre during the past 12 months to get it ready for re-opening including extensive roof repairs and internal heating works.

"This latest situation is extremely frustrating but was something which could not have been predicted and only came to light when the pool was refilled.

"However, carrying out these emergency works, along with the work that has already been done, will provide a better facility for the users.

"The repairs to the pipework will provide improved water quality to the swimming pool."

SUN SALUTATION: Park Yoga is coming to Millennium Park, Nailsea this summer. Offering FREE weekly yoga sessions every Sunday morning from May to end of August 9.30-10.30am. Everyone is invited and all abilities welcome. If you are looking to experience yoga for the first time, try a new class or just want to enjoy the natural surrounds then we would love to see you there. Just bring your mat if you have one, some water and become part of something great. Starting from Sunday, May 9, to pre-register for Park Yoga Nailsea go to

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