Berry’s five-a-day for Nailsea & Tickenham

PUBLISHED: 10:29 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:29 16 August 2017

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Joe Berry was a striker on form for Nailsea & Tickenham as he scored all his side’s five goals against Wells City.

Nailsea & Tickenham 5

Wells City 0

Nailsea & Tickenham’s opening day opposition, Wells City were to meet a determined side, well prepared for the season ahead.

On 25 minutes, Jake Murray fed a through ball to Joe Berry who smashed in his first of the day. It only took Berry five more minutes to complete a brace, crashing home from close range.

A hat-trick came in 32 minutes, with the best of the bunch - an overhead bicycle kick from 12 yards. The overworked Wells keeper Brad Phillips, did well to save from Freeman and Sealey.

His luck ran out just before the half when a James Sealey shot was deflected into the net by Berry.

The second half saw more of the same from N&T, who were now in control. The only real effort to trouble Mellor’s goal was a long-range strike by Dan Catley, who grazed the outside of the goal frame.

Smith made a double substitution on 65 minutes, with 16-year-old Danny Robbins and 17-year-old Joe Collins making their league debuts.

Wells played the last 10 minutes with 10 men after Toby Jones received his second yellow card. Berry was not quite finished as he picked the ball up 20 yards out, beat two players and hit the top corner to make it five.

India Cottage man of the match was Joe Berry.

Winscombe 1

N&T Res 1

Last season’s promoted Division 2 West champions Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves travelled to Winscombe in the opening game of the season.

The home side dominated in the early stages of the game and new Swags goalkeeper Jamie Mellor, making his debut, had to block a close-range effort after 10 minutes. Minutes later Tom Smith made a goal saving tackle on the line as Mellor was beaten.

N&T began to gain confidence and pressed the home side well with some good counter attacks and took the lead when new signing, former Portishead Town man Nick Walker, provided a pin-point corner beating Nathan Freeman in the Winscombe goal, resulting in a Dave Yeo goal.

The home side became frustrated and could not break down a well organised N&T, Chris Corner and Scott Pilgrim stopping Winscombe’s three-man midfield between them.

The visitors had several forced changes, losing Chris James and Chris Corner to injury. Mark Ashley had a great chance to increase the lead after good work from Charlie Ashton, but saw his effort go over the bar.

N&T would have held out for the win until a wonder strike by Winscombe’s Mike Flint from distance made it 1-1 in the last few minutes.

The S & R Burchill’s man of the match was Tom Smith.

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