Nailsea & Tickenham come away with the points

PUBLISHED: 11:16 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 December 2018

A new artificial grass football pitch is being planned for Barnstaple.

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Nailsea & Tickenham returned from Middlezoy Rovers with all three points in a closely-fought match.

Middlezoy Rovers 0

Nailsea & Tickenham 1

The Swags travelled to Bridgwater on a blustery afternoon to take on Middlezoy Rovers.

It was the home side who started the brighter, Callum Laird heading wide from close range, while Mat Pilgrim was just off target following a good passing move.

What was to be the only goal of the game came halfway through the first half. A long throw from Dave O Reilly was headed on by Gary Freeman and Luke Osgood’s turn and shot beat Greg Turner in the home goal.

On the stroke of half time, Osgood broke clear but his shot was well saved by Turner.

Early in the second half, a Mat Connick’s mis-hit shot was well saved by the visiting keeper, Sam Cooper.

The game followed the same pattern, good footballing build-up from the home side and the Swags creating the better chances on the break.

The best chance of the game for the hosts came from a Laird free kick, but Cooper was equal to it turning the ball around the post. Both Josh Benjamin and Osgood had amazing chances to score on the break, but Turner in the home goal was equal to it.

The final moments saw the Swags with their backs to the wall, but with Mark Wallington marshalling the visitors defence the Swags held firm.

India Cottage man of the match was Mike Wallington.

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