Nailsea get back to winning ways...

PUBLISHED: 14:54 09 February 2011

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NAILSEA Under-14s returned to winning ways with an impressive display against Hutton.

NAILSEA Under-14s returned to winning ways with an impressive display against Hutton.

A typically bullish hat-trick from Dan Smith and an exquisite lob from Ben Edney were just desserts for a solid team performance with Ben Latta, Blair Teanby and Will Meakin also playing a starring role.

Nailsea Under-12s were first out of the blocks with several good attacks creating pressure on the Swiss Valley Ranger’s defence.

However, Rangers counter attacked confidently and opened the scoring after 10 minutes. This fired up the away team and two goals from Alex Knight and a crashing drive from Dan Rochford put the visitors on top at the break.

The second half saw a dominant display by Nailsea with further goals from Aaron Fisher, Nathan Sharpe and Domenico Gordon wrapping up all three points.

Nailsea Athletic Under-10s A found it hard to break down an Axbridge side, and were fortunate to take a 1-0 lead into half-time after a shot from Adam Van Klei.

In the second half, Axbridge’s tireless workrate was rewarded with two goals that Nailsea were unable to recover from.

Nailsea B were quicker out of the blocks and raced into a four goal lead. Goals from George Brooks, Jackson Salisbury and two from Dan Seager were the rewards for Nailsea’s early dominance.

Some clinical finishing saw Dan Seagar add another goal, while Hannah Thornton bagged another hat-trick to add to her already impressive scoring record this season. Joe Mansfield also scored a deserved hat-trick after another fine display. The loudest cheer of the day came from both teams supporters as Axbridge scored a late consolation goal. Man of the match was Ben Falkinder.

Nailsea United Under-10s A started in a positive manner against a well organised Backwell team, who played fine passing football, but thanks to super goalkeeping by Will Hodges, ended the first-half just one goal down.

Backwell took control after the break and added a further three goals to their total. Nailsea were denied a goal several times by the Backwell keeper and the game ended 4-0 to Backwell. Nailsea man of the match was Ben Cowman.

Nailsea B were soon in the lead displaying some 
excellent team play. Even when three substitutions were made at once by team coach, Steve Clothier, the rhythm of the Nailsea play did not faultier.

Goals came from Joel Cranton (man of the match), James Harris and Ben Watts (2). This local derby was played in excellent spirit by all of the teams and received a well-deserved round of applause from both sets of 
supporters and managers.

NEAR gale conditions levelled the difference in league positions between Gordano Valley Giants Under-10s A and Swiss Valley Rangers, and made fluent football difficult.

Playing with the wind in the first half Swiss Valley 
pressured Gordano throughout, but posted only one goal, an excellent long range strike from Callum Pauline.

In an evenly contested second period, Swiss Valley’s midfield duo Adam Major and player of the game, Charlie Last, mastered the challenges of playing up-wind and helped to open up the Gordano defence, which eventually succumbed to a pair of well-taken goals from a determined Tom Hayden.

Defenders Ben Vaughton and Harrrison Mundy dealt effectively with Gordano’s attacking forays to give goalie Kieran Bradbury an untroubled game.

It was with relief that Swiss Valley emerged winners of the B game. An early goal from Josh Hewitt gave Swiss the lead from what turned out to be their only attempt on goal.

Instead, it was the backs that shone as player of the game Sam Cocker, and defensive partner Ben Tidcombe, cut out a series of goal bound attempts from Gordano.

The half ended 1-1 as a speculative long range shot found the Swiss net. As the wind strength increased after half-time, controlling the ball became more difficult, but Josh Loveridge found the net with a confident strike to secure the points and extend the Whites’ winning streak to eight.

A COMFORTABLE home win keeps Portishead Under-12s in line for a strong finish to the season.

The home side were too strong for Weston Town and once the first goal went in, it was a case of the home side improving their goal difference.

Luke Osgood hit goal numbers 14, 15 and 16 for the season in a superb 12 minute hat-trick. However, this was by no means a one-man show as Portishead’s classy 
midfield provided width for David Warnes and Tyler Ashmead to exploit.

Man of the match James McCall was behind much of the good work with Eliot Parsons’ willing running giving Oskar Todd the chance to make it four before Osgood tucked away number 17 for the season before half-time.

Callum Jones, Toby Hart and Aaron Hughes saw plenty of action in the second period and with the defence pushing forward, further goals were added from Jones, Ashmead, Todd and a late brace from Lewis Harvey.

Portishead Juniors Under-11s beat Cheddar Valley Dynamos 5-0 in a third round cup game at home.

In the first half, Cheddar spent most of their time in the Portishead area with the wind in their favour, but the juniors played a controlled game and got to the break with the score 0-0.

The Portishead boys soon got on top after the break, with quality football from every player. The last and fifth goal came five minutes from the final whistle, giving 
Portishead a 5-0 win, with goals from Bonar, Blything, Head, Jordan and Holder.

In windy conditions, Portishead Under-14s came out of the block flying and went into the half time break leading 4-0.

The second half saw Portishead playing into a strong wind with the advantage to Backwell, but they were a constant threat. The defence of Probert, Shaddick, Jacobs and Pinder looked assured and solid and keeper Scott stayed alert.

The midfield of Last, Sweeting, Parsons, Mason and Davis totally dominated the first half and continued to work hard both in attack and defence in the second. Brown, Buckley and Rich interlinked superbly in attack, but also worked tirelessly.

Goals from Buckley (3), Brown, Shaddick and Mason rewarded Portishead with a well-deserved 6-1 victory.

LEAGUE leaders St George Under-12s took on bottom club Worle, but it was Worle who shot into a two goal lead.

Keiron Parkhouse scored two to bring Saints back on equal terms with quality finishing. With Jack Wood and Luke Collins battling well in midfield, Easton increased the score with Ogden, Wood, Cosway netting to make it 5-2 at the break. Worle started the second half with two more goals as Easton were again slow out of the blocks. A hat-trick from the impressive Jack Aldom and great defending, especially from Kalan Bartlett, and great saves from Keiran Hooper gave Saints victory.

PLAYING with the wind in the first half, Clevedon United Under-10s A dominated and led at the break through a Liam Smallwood strike.

In the second half it was Priory’s turn to press, but defensive heroics appeared to have given Clevedon the win. However, a late penalty award gave Priory a share of the points. Clevedon’s fighting spirit was typified by man of the match Thomas Warren.

Windy conditions again failed to spoil a good match. Clevedon B had all the early pressure, but it was Priory who scored with their first attack.

However, two goals either side of half-time by man of the match Louis Jones gave Clevedon the lead. Excellent defending from the whole team preserved Clevedon’s advantage and the win was wrapped up when Oliver Keen scored an excellent solo goal.

YATTON Under-11s went into this game two points ahead of Milton and the same goal difference.

Yatton proved too strong for Milton Nomads and scored early in the game with a cross from George Frost, assisted by Keiran Hughes and netted home by Lucas Mortimer. The second goal came from Frost struck from the left wing into the right hand corner.

After half-time, Lucas Finnegan played the ball through to Lucas Mortimer who chipped the goalie for his second goal.

Man of the match was awarded to the Yatton team: Chandler Kowalski, Ben Bushell, Sol Prewitt-Martin, Hugh Croucher-Jones, Tom Keating, Zak Rizvi, Adam Milward, Sam Starr, Kieran Hughes, George Frost, Lucas Finnegan and Lucas Mortimer.

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