Gaffers New Years Message

A Very Happy New Year to all Players, Officials and Supporters of Wrington Redhill Football Club. Probes, Colin, Gary, Kev and I hope the coming year brings health and happiness to you all. A quick thank you to everyone who helped make the Christmas Family Day such a great success. I know Probes reward for his hard work was the look on the youngster’s faces when Father Christmas arrived. As I am sure you are aware, everything was paid for by our Players. We believe that the players should thank those people involved with the club, family and local community for their support. It was fantastic to see so many people come along and support the day .On a personal note, I hope the Vicar can make use of his secret Santa present.

On the Football Front, this is our fourth season at the helm. On arrival we made some extravagant promises. From the bottom of Division Two to a Toolstation promotion position in Five Seasons. Well we are still on track. This season was always a consolidation season, a chance to get our feet under the Premiership table and blood some of the youngsters. We are currently mid table with three games in hand. Another nine points should secure our place in the Division ready for a top five finish next time around. We have lost some quality Players to teams at higher levels which has hurt us, but I have never wanted to sign players who are happy to stumble along within their comfort zone. It may win you medals, but Players should always push themselves. We have treated them so well they will come back if things don’t work out and are still on dual registration. Our track record of unearthing good local talent, coaching them and putting them in the shop window will ensure a supply of Players worthy of pulling on the Green Shirt.

A well done to Julian and the Reserve Team who are flying again this season. You are a credit to the Club. Another Promotion is important to narrow the Gap between us. To all those of you who have supported the club financially a big Thank you, without your help nothing would be possible.

Happy New Year to you all

Smudge and the Management Team

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Dick Turpin Joins Wrington FC For The Day

Saturday 27th December 2014

Wrington Redhill v Stockwood Green

Wrington welcomed Stockwood Green to the ‘The Rec’ this Saturday. The pitch again gave cause for concern as Fridays’ rain must have come close to having the game called off.

However, the brilliant work of Trevor Cleeve managed to get the game on.

The game kicked off with Wrington playing up the slope. An even start to the game saw both sides trying to play. On 20 minutes the first real chance of the game fell to the visitors. A ball played down the side of Sam Clements saw the Stockwood forward run into the box, But once again Gary Clarke in the Wrington goal made a great save pushing the goal bound effort around the post.

Following a mistake in the away defence a chance then fell to Jason Eaton who shot over from 8 yards.

As the half wore on Stockwood took full control of the game and only disciplined defensive play held the away team at bay.

H/T 0-0

The home team hoped playing with the slope in the second half would hand the ascendency back them, but it was Stockwood who in fact maintained a firm grip on the game.

Then on 54 minutes from a Wrington cross Stockwood broke into the midfield that was devoid of any home team midfielders. Nathen Proberts ran unchallenged into the Wrington half and slid a lovely ball through to Mike Whittington who shot past Clarke into the bottom left corner of the Wrington goal.

The home management team waited until the 66th minute before making a triple substitution. On came Cheeseman, Holland and Lucas.

Wrington had up until then ‘huffed and puffed’ but never really looked like breaching the away teams defence.

This changed in the 75th minute when the excellent Mike Wallington crossed from the right to Cheeseman who controlled the ball instantly and stepping past two defenders smashed the ball low past the keeper into the net.


Then on 81 minutes, Stockwood’s Jake Jones played a long through ball to Anton Williams who with the home defenders backing off hit a shot low down to Clarkes’ right into the Wrington net.

As the home supporters began to fear the worst it again fell to the mercurial Cheeseman who on 83 minutes picked up the ball just inside the away teams half and sprinting clear of the Stockwood defenders coolly slid the ball past the onrushing keeper.


With time running out and the home team looking to have picked up an unlikely point they somehow changed it into stealing all 3 points.

On 88 minutes a Rich Lucas free kick was was sent into the box. Cheeseman was again there challenging the keeper for the ball. His challenge made the keeper punch the ball across goal instead of away. The ball fell to the ever alert Neil Andow who initially missed his kick but recovered quickly to hammer the the ball home form close range for the most unlikely of wins as the home team saw out the remaining time.

Rarely can a 25 minute cameo appearance from a substitute change a game so completely as did Club Captains Cheesemans’ performance.

A game the home team were never in control of that they somehow in the last 20 minutes found a way to win.

Home keeper Gary Clarke again keeping the team in the game with several good stops.

A great effort in appalling conditions by the home side who should be given great credit for ‘keeping going’ when nothing appeared to be working. Also a pat on the back for the management team for the triple substitution that completely changed the game.

MOTM : The irreplaceable Graham Cheeseman.


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Fantastic Family Christmas Day Event

On Saturday Wrington held the Annual Family Christmas Day. (Brilliantly arranged by Probes and funded by the players) A great time was had by all that began with Santa making a surprise visit to the very excited children.

It fell to Ronnie Burnett (pictured) to check we had the ‘real’ one at the club and not some shoddy imitation.

All the children received presents and told Santa exactly what they expected from him on the present front. Mum’s and Dad’s take note.

It then fell to the grown up children to indulge in the ‘Secret Santa’ with several excellent gifts being given out. The best being Managers Alan Smith’s pair of ear defenders for the Vicar.

A great event that was enjoyed by all that attended

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Wrington ‘Cut Down’ by Cutters Friday


Saturday 19th December 2014

Wrington Redhill v Cutters Friday

Wrington welcomed ‘Cutters Friday’ to ‘The Rec’ this Saturday. The game kicked off on a ‘sticky pitch’ and the home team started well. The ball was being moved well throughout the team and while no clear chances were created the home team dominated the first 20 minutes.

The game moved into the second quarter of the game and on 28 minutes the Cutters left midfielder drove a shot towards goal, Gary Clarke, who was making his debut in the Wrington goal, could only manage to parry the shot in the box where it was met by the ‘Cutters’ forward who tapped the ball in from close range. 0-1

Moments later the Cutters forward broke through on goal striking a shot bound for the top corner until Clarke made a flying save pushing the ball over the bar. Cutters were now in the ascendency with Wrington beginning to misplace passes and lose some of their earlier excellent movement.

The ‘Cutters’ central midfield pair were playing well and stretching the game through their quick left winger.

On 38 minutes the best chance of the game so far for Wrington fell to Jason Eaton. The ball was crossed from the right and following a challenge in the box the loose ball fell to Eaton 8 yards out. Eaton struck a fierce right footed shot that well blocked by the ‘Cutters’ keeper. HT 0-1

The second half kicked off and ‘Cutters’ continued to move the ball well. As the game wore on however Wrington began to get back into the game. On 60 minutes an excellent cross from Rory Thomas was met by the flying Chris Bradley who headed straight into the Keepers hands.  As Wrington pressed for the equaliser gaps opened in the Wrington defence and only a spectacular double save from Clarke in the Wrington goal kept the home team in the game.

With 15 minutes to go Manager Smith threw on club captain Graham Cheeseman.

On 82 minutes a long ball broke the Wrington defence and Chris Holland was force to pull down the ‘Cutters’ forward. The referee deciding their was cover only booked the Wrington Centre back.

The game moved into the last few minutes when Sam Johnson correctly attempted to play out from deep in his own half. Johnson was robbed of the ball which was squared and finished off by the Cutters forward from six yards out. FT 0-2

A disappointing game from the home teams perspective with few real chances being created.

As Manager Smith put it. ‘We are a bit of a Jackyll and Hyde side at the moment.The next couple of games are important for us and I want the team back to playing their best football’

MOTM :- Gary Clarke – Excellent home debut keeping the team in the game with several fine saves.


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Don’t Forget Your Hat and Camera

Quick reminder that the BIG Wrington Christmas party is tomorrow (Sat 20th).

Don’t forget to bring your hat and take plenty of pictures.

If you can send some of your photo’s to me at:

I will put them on the site.

Forgetting your hat (players) will carry a tour fine to be collected by Mr Cheeseman!

See you all tomorrow……….. Yo Ho Ho!!!!!!!!


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Gaffer in the news again

The below will shortly appear in The Bristol Evening Post


Smith: Community spirit can stimulate Wrington Redhill resurgence

SOMERSET County League Premier Division new-boys Wrington Redhill are hoping to mark their annual family fun day this Saturday with three more precious points in the battle to make waves at the higher end of the table.

The club are hoping the community descends on their Silver Street HQ in their numbers for the 2pm match with eighth-placed Cutters Friday, who they will draw level on points with if victory is attained.

While a children’s disco, a visit from Santa and a feast of food and drink, all organised and paid for by the players, will be served up to local foster children as well as families and friends of the club during the course of the day, boss Alan Smith is gearing his charges up for an important game, one he feels can go a long way to ensuring their new-found status in the County League’s top tier is maintained.

He said: “I’m targeting at least 12 points between now and the end of January which I feel will guarantee us safety. We’ve come such a long way, from being the worst team in the entire league to a competitive Premier Division side.

“At the moment we’re in a mid-table position with games in hand over virtually everyone above us, so if we can first ensure we’re safe, we can then maybe start to think about seeing how far up the table we can go.

“The first few months have been about adjusting to the league, getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of teams and learning from it. Over the second half of the season we should have a much better idea of what it’s all about.

“We had a little wobble a couple of weeks ago but the lads came fighting back with a great League Cup win (1-0) away at (third-placed) Bishops Lydeard at the weekend and hopefully that will spur us on to new heights again.”

New goalkeeper Gary Clarke, the one-time Ashton and Backwell United custodian, is set to make his Wrington debut this weekend having come in as a replacement for Street-bound shot-stopper Ben Dancey (see article below).

Smith has lost several other players to higher-status sides during the course of the campaign and he stressed: “I am always on the look-out for good local talent keen to use Wrington Redhill FC and the Somerset County League as a platform to go on and attain a better level of football.

“If anyone with such ambitions feels moved to get in touch with me, I’d be delighted to hear from them.”

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Wrington Redhill Gain ‘Charitable Status’

Chairman Nick Finch and his fellow Directors are proud to announce that the club has just obtained ‘Charitable Status’

Nick’s announcement can be found below together with a synopsis of the advantages of gaining this valuable status.

‘Ladies & gentlemen I am very pleased to announces that Wrington Redhill FC has been granted Charitable Status. This is another major step forward in the development & progression of this Football Club. Make no mistake about this,this is an Historic moment for all connected with the Club.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Steve & Isobel Porter for their time, professionalism and commitment to this project and seeing it through to a successful conclusion. The whole club is very, very grateful to you both’.

Charities have more tax advantages than
Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs).
Local Authority business rate relief of at
least 80 per cent is available, with some
Local Authorities giving 100 per cent relief.
Gift Aid can be claimed on donations
from individuals to the club (but not on
membership fees).
Even if your club doesn’t own its own
facility, it can still benefit from Gift Aid.
Gift Aid means the Government adds
28.5p to every £1 received as a donation
to a charity.
Charities have full exemption from tax
on profits that they may make from
their membership fees, bank interest or
investment income. Gift aid can be claimed
on donations from companies as well as
donations from individuals. Local authority
business rate relief is the same as for CASCs,
and there is similarly no inheritance tax
payable on legacies left to charities.
People are more willing to fundraise for
a charity, and charities are allowed to
run certain types of lottery and other
fundraising activities that are banned or
licensed for non-charities

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Cup Draw

County League Cup Draw 4th Round
Premier & First Division
To Be Played on Saturday 14th March 2015
Kick Off 2.30pm
Watchet Town
Wrington Redhill
Bridgwater Town
Cutters Friday


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Reserves Suffer First Defeat

Wrington Redhill Reserves vs Hutton

Atwell Shield

13 December 2014 1.45pm

A much improved second half performance was not enough to stop the reserves exiting the Atwell Shield after failing to overcome a poor first period which Division 1 side Hutton capitalised upon to put the game safe.

Midfielder Mick Edmunds deputised for the absent James Vowles in the Wrington goal, behind the usual back three of Phil Williams, Nick Curtis and Callum Briggs, who was playing his final game of the season for the club due to a new job. An unfamiliar midfield trio of Dan McMullen, Dan Burnett and Phil Hartnup joined Joe Moore and Paul Faulkner in the wide positions, with Tom Johnson and Chris Vowles leading the line.

Wrington started slowly and were immediately under pressure, as Briggs ended his fine record of not having conceded a goal this season by burying a bullet header into his own net on 10 minutes from a Hutton free-kick. Further soft goals followed on 19 and 32 minutes as Hutton walked straight through Wrington’s midfield unopposed.

In truth, the away side could have easily been more than three goals to the good at half time, as they passed up more opportunities to extend their lead. Playing directly into the low winter sun, the hosts were finding it very difficult to pick even simple passes, Moore among a number of players failing to find a teammate as he over-hit a through ball for Johnson.

Manager Julian Moss has made no secret of his aspiration to compete at division 1 standard or higher, and in recent seasons Wrington have enjoyed the cup competitions as an opportunity to test themselves against the very best in the league. On the evidence of the first half they were still some way short, and Moss demanded that the players go out salvage some pride by winning the second half.

The injured Briggs was replaced by Louis Rouvrais at the back and Wrington immediately started the brighter of the two teams, finally getting their passing together and beginning to apply some pressure. The home side did fall further behind against the run of play on 55 minutes though, as they were guilty of pushing too many men forward in attack, allowing Hutton to beat the offside trap to tap home in a second phase of play.

Moss made a final switch to replace McMullen with James Marshall, who joined Vowles in attack, with Johnson pushing wider and Moore returning to his central midfield berth. Wrington were not disheartened by the goal and kept pushing forward, finally getting the reward their second half efforts deserved as Johnson notched his fifth of the season and fourth in four games, which was richly deserved for a hard afternoon’s graft against a well organised Hutton defence.

Buoyed by the goal and as Hutton appeared to tire on a heavy pitch, Wrington were awarded a penalty for a foul on Johnson, which Moore converted in the absence of usual penalty taker Nick Buck, for his fourth in three games.

Moments later, an even stronger penalty claim was waved away by the referee as Johnson was tripped from behind. Johnson commendably tried to stay on his feet, which allowed the referee to deem that he had received an advantage, despite the attack coming to nothing.

It was clear to see that Wrington now believed that they could still force extra time, as they poured forward with a sense of injustice, which was added to when Vowles had the ball in the back of the net moments later after a teasing cross from Johnson, as the goal was disallowed by the Hutton linesman.

Wrington continued to push forward, but the full time whistle was blown, and despite a creditable fight back the hosts were eliminated from the cup. The home side were left rueing what might have been had the two key second half decisions gone their way, but in truth reaching extra time would have been undeserved after a lacklustre first half in which they were well below their best and where the game was all but lost.

FULL TIME Wrington 2-4 Hutton

Wrington: Edmunds, Briggs (Rouvrais), Williams (C), Curtis, Faulkner, Moore, McMullen (Marshall), Hartnup, Burnett, Johnson, C. Vowles.

MOTM: Johnson


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