Nailsea progress in the cup

PUBLISHED: 14:30 15 December 2010




A BUSTLING, determined team performance from Nailsea Under-14s snuffed out the Galmington Dragons in a competitive encounter that saw the away team deservedly progress through to the next round of the Tesco Cup.

A determined team performance from Nailsea Under-14s snuffed out the 
Galmington Dragons in a competitive encounter that saw the away team 
deservedly progress through to the next round of the Tesco Cup.

The competitive Dan Smith was scythed down in the box, and converted the resulting penalty to break the deadlock in the first half, and a fluent counter-attack saw Ben Marshall hit the back of the net to make the game safe for Nailsea.

This was no walk in the park though, and the away team had tough-tackling midfield duo Ben Edney and Ben Latta and goalkeeper Joe Fry to thank for repelling the Galmington forwards.

Nailsea Athletic Under-10s started the game strongly, putting the Axbridge defence under pressure.

Their persistence paid off with a well-taken goal from Taylor Edden.

Nailsea continued to dominate the game but Axbridge’s goalkeeper made some 
great saves to keep the score 0-1 at half-time.

The second half started with Axbridge dominating and Nailsea on the defensive. Some solid defending by man of the match Reece Pippen and goalkeeper Joel Wilkins kept Nailsea in the game.

Danny Robbins scored for Nailsea after good build-up play before Axbridge replied with a well-taken goal.

The B team enjoyed their biggest win of the season with a fine all-round display. Nailsea were 2-0 up at half-time with goals from Dan Seagar and Hannah Thornton.

The second half saw the introduction of Joe Mansfield, who scored a fine solo goal straight from the kick off. Mansfield then went on to score five more goals and assisting two of Thornton’s four goals.

Two late goals from Ben Falkindner and Jackson Salisbury completed the scoring and gave Nailsea a real confidence boost.

THE parents of the Swiss Valley Rangers
Under-10s rewarded themselves with a celebratory curry to mark their boys’ double winning effort over Gordano Valley Giants to end the first half of the season in third place in Division 2.

Both matches against close neighbours Gordano were played with great spirit. In a tale of goalkeeping, Kieran Bradbury and Josh Gwynn kept clean sheets for Swiss Valley, while Dominic Williams and Jed Gregory had outstanding shot-stopping games for Gordano.

In a close first half to the A game, Swiss Valley Blues finally broke the deadlock three minutes before the interval through hat-trick scoring Tom Hayden. But it was Rangers’ defence that caught the eye, through player of the match Ben Vaughton, Harrison Mundy, and second goal scorer Callum Pauline, who together stifled Gordano’s attacking forays.

Charlie Last and Cameron Morgan also showed well by contributing to Ranger’s second half attacking play, which resulted in two more goals for Hayden.

The B game started with Swiss Valley Whites on the defensive as Sam Cocker and Ben Tidcombe were busy at the back, keeping the lively Gordano strikers at bay. It was triple goal-scoring Josh Hewitt’s penetrating run and shot that led to the Ranger’s first goal after 15 minutes, as Josh Loveridge turned in the loose ball for the first of his pair.

A half-time team talk was enough to focus minds as the Whites applied themselves with greater purpose after the break. Matthew Candow and player of the game, James Hawkins, ran tirelessly to create opportunities and both deserved to score.

Oliver Ganfield and Jack Major netted from parried shots, and the prolific Josh Hewitt ran in another hat-trick to make it a convincing morning’s work.

Swiss Valley Rangers Under-11s put in their best performance of the season against top-of-the-table Long Ashton.

Their promising start led to some close efforts on goal. It was Long Ashton, however, who took the lead with a powerful shot from William Cattermole. Swiss Valley continued to press and scored a well-deserved equaliser when Declan Hay netted.

With the game heading for a draw, Long Ashton grabbed all three points with another strike from Cattermole. Player of the match for Swiss Valley was Jordan Pooley and for Long Ashton, Daniel Connolly.

■ Swiss Valley Rangers FC is an FA Charter Standard Club and is looking for players in Year 6 (10 and 11-years-old) who would like to join their Under-11 side, who are looking to recruit one or two additional players.

The team play in the Woodspring Junior League. If you would like to join a family club, please contact manager, Steve Davis on 01275 818362 or e-mail mail@swiss for more information.

PORTISHEAD Juniors Under-14s returned to football after a lengthy lay-off due to the weather.

Ash Rovers visited Portishead from Yeovil in the Lewin Cup and had a tough time as Juniors cruised through to the next round.

In a 21-1 mauling, goals from Brown (6), Rich (4), Buckley (4), Last (2), Shaddick (2), Davis and keeper Scott (2) took them through to the next round.

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