Nailsea & Tickenham progress in the cup

PUBLISHED: 12:01 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:01 15 November 2017

Nailsea & Tickenham FC.

Nailsea & Tickenham FC.

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Nailsea & Tickenham progressed in the Somerset County Cup against Stockwood Green.

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Nailsea & Tickenham progressed in this Somerset County Premier/Division 1 Cup against a Stockwood team that had not lost at home in a competitive match for more than 18 months.

Former Cribbs FC player Matt Shaughnessy was handed his first start for the Swags and had an impressive game. The first half was fairly even, with N&T looking comfortable at the back. Strong tackles flew in from the home side, but N&T could not capitalise on the numerous resulting free kicks.

Captain Chris Gale came closest from a header, while Mark Wilson was assured in goal, sweeping up any through balls as the half finished goalless.

The visitors started well in the second half and began to influence the game more, Joe Berry linking up with strike partner Matt Pilgrim, while the midfield of Latta, Seeley, Benjamin and Pilgrim began moving the ball well.

Around the hour mark, the breakthrough came after a fine team move. Latta and Matt Pilgrim combined for Joe Berry to pick out a perfect first-time pass to Seeley to beat the onrushing keeper.

Fresh legs were introduced with Dom Graffaginino and Chris Corner coming on. Solid pressing and defending as a team will have delighted the management of Alan Smith and Rich Lucas as they saw their side win 1-0 and progress to the third round of the cup.

Attention turns back to the league campaign on Saturday with an away trip to Shirehampton.

The Reflections man of the match was Joe Berry.

Nailsea & Tickenham are delighted to announce a long-term sponsorship deal with Reflections Group.

Chairman Bob Gregory: “We are absolutely delighted that Reflections have partnered with our growing club. We have big plans to take the club forward and very much want to take the community of Nailsea along with us.”

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