Nailsea & Tickenham moved up to second place in the table

PUBLISHED: 11:24 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 01 November 2017

Nailsea & Tickenham FC.

Nailsea & Tickenham FC.


Nailsea & Tickenham moved up to second place in the league table after their latest victory over Middlezoy Rovers.

Nailsea & Tickenham 2

Middlezoy Rovers 0

Nailsea and Tickenham first team hosted Bridgwater-based Middlezoy Rovers, who were in fourth place before the game.

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

The first half was cagey, both teams retreating behind the ball well and held good defensive shape. There were few chances in a well-battled half, the best going to Middlezoy who had the ball in the net, only for the referee to blow for a foul in the build up to the goal.

Joe Berry had a good chance at the other end but saw his effort slide the wrong side of the post.

The second half was a great advert for Somerset County Premier football, with both teams more daring - at times it was end to end. Nailsea goalkeeper Jason Mellor was in fine form, dealing with every cross and out quickly off his line for every through ball.

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

Neat build-up play and crosses from wide man Josh Benjamin were causing problems and finally a breakthrough came when Benjamin slid a pass through to Berry, who beat his man and crossed to Pilgrim to score.

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

Nailsea & Tickenham are now up into second place in the league. The India Cottage man of the match was Matt Pilgrim.

Nailsea & Tickenem FC have made a successful start to the season on and off the pitch, with the first team going well in the Somerset Premier and the reserves near the top of the Somerset Division 1 West.

There have been further community partnerships off the field with India Cottage, the latest to partner the club.

The club has been busy planning for their annual fundraiser Ticky Come Dancing attended by more than 300 people and once again judged by Bristol City legend and record appearance holder Louis Carey.

Chairman Bob Gregory said: “We have been progressively building the football club on and off the pitch to ensure we have great foundations for Western League Football which is our next target.

“We see the club as a massive part of the community in Nailsea and want to bring everyone along with us, we have established several local partnerships which we are extremely grateful for.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other Sport Stories

Wed, 10:59

Clevedon Town crash out of the Les Phillips Cup to Cribbs thanks to a 93rd minute goal by the hosts.

Read more
Wed, 10:58

Ashton & Backwell United gave an excellent defensive performance against Shepton Mallet in this cup tie, before losing to their Toolstation Premier League opponents.

Read more
Wed, 10:58

Nailsea & Tickenham lost a well-contested match against Shirehampton by the odd goal in five.

Read more
Wed, 10:57

Nailsea United slipped to a narrow home defeat against reigning league champions Watchet Town.

Read more
Wed, 10:57

Portishead Ladies stretched their unbeaten start to the season to eight matches.

Read more
Wed, 10:55

A mixed-age Swiss Valley Rangers team made a fine start in their first match against Yatton.

Read more
Wed, 10:54

Clevedon returned to winning ways with a thumping victory over Burnham in the Somerset Cup.

Read more
Tue, 14:49

Somerset Gryphons Ladies came out second best against Kingsbridge and Salcombe.

Read more
Tue, 14:48

A battling performance from Clevedon Ladies was not enough to beat an experienced Hanham side.

Read more
Tue, 14:46

Portishead Running Club member Angela Copeland finished first in the pistol (sprint) distance Tri in St Lucia.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications