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.

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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.”

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