Wrington Redhill A 3 AFC Nailsea 0

As extend winning run

Wrington As extended their winning run to four games with a convincing win against AFC Nailsea. Since Kev Lillwell and Dan McMullen took up the reigns the benefit of a few new recruits and a more organised, settled side is obvious. Matt Collins and Neil Lewis have settled nicely and combined well on the right side whilst Paul Poynter and Tom Fairhurst added depth to the squad starting on the bench. Whilst still looking for a centre back, Scott Gallacher has filled in expertly and if he’s not careful, will cement his place at his new position. Playing an attractive style of football, passing out from the back as often as possible, the home side started strongly. The only thing missing was the final pass and chances were hard to come by. When they did, James Ham in the Nailsea goal pulled off two fine saves,both from Tommy Johnson. One from point blank and one flying across the goal to claw the ball away from the top corner. Similarly, at the other end, James who until then hadn’t had a save to make, pulled off a great save as for once Wrington gave the ball away in defence leaving Rhys Andrews through on goal.
Just as it looked like the half might end goaless, a fine passing move released Clements on the left, Johnson fed Faulkner and his cross fell to Clements who had continued his run and wandered into the box. To everyone’s surprise and obviously wind assisted his shot curled into the top corner.
In the second half the wind and rain increased making it difficult for both sides but with Jonny Sykes using his size and Ben Lewis his pace and trickery, Nailsea were still in the game.However, ‘Harry’ Tapson and Kev Lillwell linked well in centre midfield and battled throughout driving Wrington forward.Once again, McMullen and Faulkner combined up front to set up a shooting chance for Lillwall whose long range shot struck the arm of an unfortunate defender for a clear penalty. McMullen continued his scoring run by expertly firing in the spot kick. Poynter and Fairhurst provided fresh legs and showed some nice touches and there was
still time for Johnson to round off the result with a fine solo effort.
Wrington’s winning run will be put to the test next Saturday away to Hutton which will show just how much potential this side has.

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Weston Celtics 2 Wrington Redhill A 3

On a weekend with no 1st team fixture and the reserves game off through wet weather the A team gave the club something to cheer. On a really wet Saturday the 4G at the Hans Price Academy really comes into its own and played its part in a really good game of football. Referees’ never get enough credit so Mark Sprague deserves a mention in getting two difficult penalty decisions right whilst controlling the game perfectly.

Celtics are sitting comfortably in mid table with a big strong defence and quick, skilful forwards such as Jack Jones and Chris Clarke up front. Rob Garrett wins a lot of ball in midfield and gets his head to most things. It was therefore quite a task for the new managerial set up at Wrington As where Kev Lillwall has joined the team to get a much needed result.
Bolstered by Sam Fowkes and Tom Lucas back from the reserves, Wrington started brightly and tried to play football with Kev Lillwall pulling the strings from midfield. However, Celtics kept finding space behind the fullbacks It took good covering by the new centre back partnership and also some good saves by Jerome Dindian to keep the Celtics at bay. At the other end, the fit again Kyle Selman terrorised the Celtics defence and produced a string of quality crosses.
However, the home side took the lead when Garrett again released Jones down the right and his weaving run and shot opened the scoring. The visitors responded with Paul Faulkner holding the ball up well to bring Dan McMullen and Neil Lewis into the game. It was Lewis’s pressure on the defence which released McMullen to expertly chip the on rushing keeper to level the scores.
As half time approached, a Wrington throw saw McMullen skip in front of his defender only to be tripped for a correct if ‘soft’ penalty as there was no apparent danger. However, there was no doubt with regard to the finish which rifled into the top corner to give McMullen his second.
The second half carried on in the same vein but with Celtics now playing with the wind and looking the stronger. Wrington used all their three subs who all worked hard to wrestle back the initiative.  Wrington started to look quite comfortable so it was slightly against the run of play when from a corner Steve James collected the rebound and was brought down just inside the box for a penalty. Again, a perfect penalty gave Jack Jones his second to level the score. Wrington now looked tired but a long hopeful ball saw Faulkner beat three defenders to the ball. His lay off fell to the supporting Lewis whose shot flew over the keeper.
Wrington were now holding on and showed all their character to see out a moral boosting win. It was impossible to award a man of the match award as this was a real team performance and all 14 players deserve all the credit.

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Wrington Redhill 2 Fry Club 2

A daunting task to host league leaders Fry’s but another battling performance by Wrington Redhill saw them take a point despite playing out the last thirty minutes a player short.

With just one change to the starting line up saw Rory Thomas return from injury and form the strike partnership with Mike Rowcliffe. The first real attempt at goal came from Fry’s leading scorer Edward Seale but he shot well over the bar without troubling home ‘keeper Matt Hill. Wrington Redhill stunned their visitors by taking the lead when Chris Bradley connected with Ollie Clements’ low corner and rifled past the static Lewis George in goal for Fry’s. A great chance to increase the lead further came soon after with Thomas harassing the defence with the ball finding its way to Rowcliffe who blasted just high and wide of the framework.

More chances were created by both sides, for Fry’s Jack Neil’s corner was headed wide and Paul Warlock blasted over the bar. For Wrington Redhill an Ollie Clements free kick was cleared and Bradley shot straight at the keeper. As the home team were looking to go into the break with their 1-0 lead Fry’s were awarded a penalty when the referee deemed the ball struck Jason Potter’s hand and Callum Baker duly dispatched the spot kick past Hill.

Joe Moore replaced Adam Caulfield at half time due to injury and slotted straight into the midfield with player/manager Leigh White who made some telling tackles and not letting the visitors dictate the game. Bradley and Rowcliffe covered much of the pitch to help the defence keep Fry’s at bay. However they took the lead when Bradley’s attempted clearance was inadvertently sliced into his own net. It got worse moments later when Sam Clements was shown a red card for a tackle on Callum Baker who went to ground as if he had been mown over. He suffered no lasting effect and was deservedly booked himself for diving in the box a little later. Clements will now miss games for a tackle which at worse should have been given a yellow card.

As has been evident recently this Wrington Redhill side aren’t the pushovers considered by some and a point was grabbed when good inter passing between Moore and Thomas saw the latter slide the ball under the advancing ‘keeper for a 2-2 score line.

The game was played out with more chances for both teams and veteran Club stalwart Paul Faulkner replaced the injured Thomas and used all his experience to help see the game out. Remarkably Paul and Whitey played in the same Milton Nomads team over 30 years ago and have both enjoyed long careers in the game. Another veteran, Mark Brown joined them late in the game (combined ages over 100!) to ensure that the team held on to this valuable league point.

The Bill Gough Man of the Match was awarded to Mike Rowcliffe


GK, Matthew Hill

Defence, Callum Briggs, Sam Clements, Jason Potter, Ethan Johnson, Ollie Clements

Midfield, Chris Bradley, Leigh White, Adam Caulfield
Forwards, Michael Rowcliffe, Rory Thomas

Subs: Joe Moore (for Adam Caulfield), Paul Faulkner (for Rory Thomas), Mark Brown (for Callum Briggs)

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Shirehampton 3 Wrington Redhill 1


Only two weeks ago the in-form Shirehampton had a goal fest against Wrington Redhill but this early return fixture was a much closer contest than the final result would imply. Amazingly there was only one change to the starting eleven from that game but player/manager Leigh White’s tactical changes and added belief in the players seems to have restored a better understanding among them and maintaining this sort of commitment will surely see the results come their way to start climbing the league table.

A dream start saw the visitors shock Shire as in the second minute the Clements brothers combined to see Ollie’s corner bullet headed into the net by Sam for a 1-0 lead. Chances to increase the lead were thwarted when first Chris Bradley saw his shot tantalisingly cleared off the line and George Martin’s effort just lacking the power to beat the home ‘keeper.

It was twenty minutes into the game when Shire’s first real chance came when George Brimson’s shot was saved by Matt Hill and the rebound struck the crossbar from a bold overhead kick by Brimson. Some minutes later Brimson latched onto a long ball from defence and chipped the ball over the advancing Hill into the net to level the score going into the half time break.

The second half began with both sides looking to add to their goal tally. Ethan Johnson came close from another Ollie Clements corner then Brimson saw his point blank header saved by Hill the crossbar completing the clearance. Mike Rowcliffe pounced on a poor clearance from Mark Winkler but saw his shot go wide of a post.

Wrington Redhill started to give away to many free kicks and were punished when a Brimson free kick from distance was only pushed away by Hill and Marcel Telford-Ross was on hand to put the ball into the net. Shire kept applying pressure despite the incredible efforts of all the team. It was very late in the game when Matty McCall got a head to a corner and found the net for a flattering 3-1 end score.

There were lots of positives to take from this game with Adam Caulfield forming a good partnership with veteran Whitey in midfield, Sam Clements increasing influence in defence, Callum Briggs confidence growing with each game, Mike Rowcliffe’s never ending energy up front. As long as everyone stays fully committed better results should be on the horizon very soon.

Another testing game comes next week with the home fixture to table toppers Fry’s so let’s get as much support out as possible to get behind the team.

The Bill Gough Man of the Match was awarded to Sam Clements


GK, Matthew Hill

Defence, Callum Briggs, Sam Clements, Jason Potter, Ethan Johnson, Ollie Clements

Midfield, Chris Bradley, Leigh White, Adam Caulfield
Forwards, Michael Rowcliffe, George Martin

Subs: Mark Brown (for Callum Brigg

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Wrington Redhill reserves 1 Portishead B 3

Brave Reserves Scalped by Leaders
After last weeks encouraging performance it was disappointing that Wrington were without eight regular players for the visit of the League leaders Portishead. Modern life is such that every club wrestles with the conundrum of having to scratch games for their lower teams but…..without them higher teams have no one to call on in times of need. Wrington called up four regular A teamers and they did the Reserves proud and battled hard to keep Wrington in the game right to the end.
Dan Burnett slotted into the settled back four seamlessly and as always never shirked a tackle. Kev Lilwall was outstanding in midfield on his return and pressed his claim for a regular spot in the team. When you added the work rate of regulars Paul Faulkner,Jon Flynn and Chris Vowles the home side were competitive and held Portishead for the first quarter with few alarms. Dean Rix and Tom Lucas are having fine seasons and handled everything Portishead threw at them. It was therefore hugely disappointing to concede a soft goal from a corner when Dan Crouch found himself all alone unmarked in the 6 yard box. Even then James Williams pulled out a fine save only to be beaten to the rebound. Even then Wrington were still in the game and produced flashes of good football and Dean Rix was unlucky that his shot from the edge of the box slipped past the wrong side of the post.
The second half followed the same pattern with Wrington looking to play football from the back and hanging in the game. Scott Gallagher as competitive as ever driving them on from midfield.
However, a fine break and top corner finish from Callum Eastwood for Portisheads second seemed to have settled the game. Another disappointment was seeing a home team player sent to the Sin Bin. However, John Flynn showed tremendous character and perseverance to get Wrington back into the game. Chasing a long ball, he harried the defence into a mistake and beat the keeper to roll in a fine individual goal. Now back to 11 men Wrington pushed forward but also tired and without James Williams all action game in goal with numerous saves and blocks Portishead could have scored a hatfull. In the end, a wild shot from Josh Roberts was heading for the corner flag only to deflect off the covering Clements, nestling into the bottom corner of the net which was harsh on Williams, Clements and the whole team  for that matter.

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Stockwood Green 1 Wrington Redhill 1

After their mauling at the hands of Shirehampton last week, Wrington & Redhill restored some pride with this hard fought draw away to Stockwood Green. Player/Manager Leigh White made a few changes both in team selection and formation in a bid to tighten the team and provide outlets at the front. Chris Holland returned and partnered Mike Rowcliffe as the attacking duo and Adam Caulfield came in to the centre of midfield alongside Whitey. In defence there was a recall for Andy Lilley pairing with Sam Clements with Jason Potter sweeping behind them. This allowed the full backs of Callum Briggs and Ollie Clements to get forward when the opportunities allowed. Chris Bradley completed the right midfield position.

In the early stages Stockwood’s Stuart Oppery was yellow carded for a crunching tackle on Holland who, after treatment from physio Phil Williams, managed to return and complete the game. A Potter free kick led to an offside decision sparing the home side of a threat on goal and shortly after Stockwood’s Daniel Salvage saw his shot strike a post and the rebound scrambled away to safety. Ollie Clements saw his corner gathered by Tom Reid the home side’s ‘keeper. Wrington Redhill then had to dig in deep as Tom Phillips blazed over the bar followed by Jake Jarvis heading over. Another breakaway by the home side saw a long range shot from Lee Millard stinging the hands of Matt Hill before ending in the net for a 1-0 lead. The score line lasted to half time with a Bradley shot saved when he burst through on goal just before the break.

At the restart it was Wrington Redhill who threatened first with an Ollie Clements ball forward to Holland was cleared before testing the ‘keeper. At the other end Jack Dicker shot wide from a short distance. Whitey and Caulfield gave their all in the middle of the park and an equaliser always looked on the cards and it duly arrived on the hour when Ollie Clements from way outside of the box found the net with Reid having no chance in pulling off a save.

Tails were now up and Wrington Redhill were seeking a winner. Holland and Rowcliffe were harassing the home defence with their tremendous work rate. Chances fell to Whitey shooting over from distance, Bradders rounding the ‘keeper and then hitting the side netting, Rowcliffe shooting across goal but it was not to be. The hard work of the defence should not be overlooked with Sam Clements a colossal at the back well supported by Lilley and Potter and Hill looking more assured in goal. Briggs dealt with the threat of Sam Jackson down the left flank who always looked a danger when in possession of the ball.

Substitutes Ethan Johnson and George Martin kept up the momentum when called upon to clinch this important league point.

The Bill Gough Man of the Match was awarded to Adam Caulfield

GK, Matthew Hill
Defence, Callum Briggs, Sam Clements, Jason Potter, Andy Lilley, Ollie Clements
Midfield, Chris Bradley, Leigh White, Adam Caulfield
Forwards, Christopher Holland, Michael Rowcliffe
Subs: Ethan Johnson (for Sam Clements), George Martin (for Chris Holland)

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Wrington Redhill reserves 1 Churchill Club 70 1

After two hard fought away wins, Wrington relished the visit of unbeaten Churchill Club 70 to The Rec. As you would expect from a local derby, it was a hard fought close encounter but with plenty of good football even if clear chances were hard to come by. With Tom Hendzel and Ashley Giles lively up front, Churchill started brightly and it needed Dean Rix and Nick Curtis who are forging a solid defensive partnership, to be at their best to keep them at bay. However, Wrington grew into the game and playing out from the back produced some good football of their own with Louis Rouvais and Mickey Edmunds prominent. In fact Wrington had the two clearest chances with Joe Moore forcing a fine save from Charles Lovell and Rouvais missing a header from the only decent pass Clements managed all game after good work from John Flynn on the left wing. However, it was Churchill who struck first and the home side will be disappointed with the soft nature of the goal even if extremely well taken by Henzel. A long throw was allowed to bounce in the box and Hendzel turned his man to volley into the net. Wrington roused themselves before halftime but no matter how hard Johnson and Vowles worked up front they failed to manufacture any clear chances.

Even against the elements, Wrington held their own in the second half and showed a lot of character even if this spilled over into arguing amongst themselves at times and giving away too many free kicks. However as the half progressed Churchill seemed to grow stronger and it took two fine saves from James Williams to keep the home side in the game the best from a powerful drive by Sebastian Winter. Dave Valle was introduced to provide some fresh legs on the Wrington right allowing Joe Moore to move into the centre. Valle was involved in several good passing moves and was very neat and tidy on his home debut. With time ticking away, it looked like the home sides efforts would come to nought. However, with two minutes left a long throw rebounded to Lucas whose cross somehow found its way to Moore who jubilantly swept in the equaliser. Although generally accepted that a draw was a fair result Churchill will also be disappointed to concede in such a way and so late in the game.

Wrington Reserves: Williams, Lucas, Rix, Curtis, Clements, Moore, Rouvais, Edmunds, Flynn
Johnson, Chris Vowles :sub Valle

Churchill: Lovell, O’Brian, Winter, Tucker, Spittal, Lewis, Giles, Goldsborough, Hendzel, O’Connor, Davey. – Subs Sloan, Lyons, Mereh.

MOM Williams/Moore

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Wrington Redhill 0 Shirehampton 13 (no this is not a miss print)

Where do you start with a report on a game when 13 goals are conceded at home with no reply. At least the game was level as the referee blew his whistle at the start with no one anticipating the fireworks to come from the visiting team despite the hugely talented and league’s top scorer Scott Bamford in their line up.

As early as the first minute Bamford had the goal in his sights but the ball got stuck at his feet and was cleared before the chance was completed. Only minutes later he charged down Matthew Hill’s attempted clearance the ball struck the cross bar landing at Bamford’s feet for an easy tap in to take a 1-0 lead. A chance to level the score came when Mike Rowcliffe struck wide following an Ollie Clements’ free kick being parried by ‘keeper Mark Winkler who otherwise had a quiet afternoon in his goal.

For the rest of the half it was pretty much one way traffic with Wrington Redhill failing to keep possession of the ball and were punished with further goals from Mark Johnson breaking free of the defence and slotting the ball past Hill for 2-0. A corner from Richard Brightwell was headed over by Marcel Telfer-Ross but the referee awarded another corner again taken by Brightwell and this time George Brimson headed home to increase the visitor’s lead. It was soon 4-0 with the best goal of the game when several players combined with great passing precision ending with Dan Morne getting the goal.

The nearest Wrington Redhill came to getting a goal back came from a Leigh White free kick with Callum Briggs putting pressure on Winkler before he managed to fully grasp the ball from further danger. Just before half time Jay Spicer sent in a wind assisted corner which deceived every one and curled into the net to take a 5-0 interval lead.

At the restart Rowcliffe’s long range effort was parried by Winkler and Briggs’ follow up effort was cleared for a throw-in. It was that man Bamford who broke down the left flank skipping past defenders and coolly slotted past Hill to start the second half onslaught. Goals flowed with almost every attack. Bamford finished the game with 4 goals to his credit as did Johnson with the final score 13-0. Late on in the game Jake Betts had a half chance and Winkler saved a long shot from Ollie Clements.

This indeed proved to be a freak horror show to compete with Halloween and Shirehampton letting off all their fireworks ahead of bonfire night. The players need to get this result out of their systems ahead of a visit to Stockwood Green next week and get back basics in their all round play.

GK, Matthew Hill
Defence, Ollie Clements, Sam Clements, Jason Potter, Ethan Johnson,
Midfield, Mike Rowcliffe, Leigh White, Chris Bradley, George Martin
Forwards, Jake Betts, Callum Briggs
Subs: Andy Lilley (for Callum Briggs), Adam Caulfield (for George Martin)

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Wrington Redhill 1 Nailsea & Tickenham 2

Wrington Redhill’s larger than life ex-manager Alan ‘Smudger’ Smith brought his Nailsea & Tickenham team to the rec for this eagerly awaited tie. 2 of his team as well as his no 2 and his Physio were also with him at Wrington to add some spice to the match. The visitors started well and forced a couple of smart saves from keeper Hill. Things went wrong early on for Wrington Redhill when a Tyler Ashmead corner found Jack Last on the far post and he forced the ball over the line to give the visitors a 10th minute lead. Much of the rest of the 1st half was contested in midfield with Leigh White Chris Bradley and Mike Rowcliffe working their socks of to keep Wrington Redhill in the game. 5 minutes before the break the ball fell to Rowcliffe inside the visitors box but he pulled his shot inches wide.
The 2nd half started badly for the hosts when caretaker player/manager Whitey had to leave the field with a back injury. His replacement Sam Clements brings his own steely determination to the game and Wrington battled on with Holland and Briggs working hard to keep the visitors defenders busy. On the hour Holland was tripped just outside of the box and Ollie Clements stepped forward to crash his free kick in off the post. The winner came just 7 minutes later and was hotly disputed. A Nailsea corner from the right was flicked on at the near post and bundled over the line at the back. Keeper Hill claimed to have been shoved out of the way and Rowcliffe says the ball was deflected over the line by an elbow but the referee was unmoved by some vigorous protests and the goal stood. Going behind for a 2nd time seemed to spur the hosts on with Ethan Johnson and Rory Thomas linking up well down the left but their array of crosses were well dealt with by the Nailsea & Tickenham back line.

Bill Gough man of the match Ollie Clements
Keeper. Matt Hill
Defence. Ollie Clements Andy Lillie Jason Potter Ethan Johnson
Midfield. Chris Bradley Leigh White Mike Rowcliffe Rory Thomas
Strikers. Chis Holland Callum Briggs.
Substitutes. Sam Clements (for White) George Martin (for Lillie) Jake Betts (for Briggs)

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Wrington Redhill 1 Watchet Town 0

What a difference a week makes. Having been heavily beaten and eliminated from the League Cup to a team from a lower division to securing a league victory over last year’s league runners up Watchet Town.

This was a welcome first win for caretaker player manager Leigh White with a single goal enough to take the points. Due to unavailability of key players through injury and work commitments the team was changed with Andy Lilley returning in the middle or defence and Callum Briggs and Chris Holland forming a new attacking partnership up front and Chris Bradley back in his midfield role alongside Whitey and Mike Rowcliffe establishing the engine room of the team. Rowcliffe gave the opposition fair warning they were in for a tough game right from the kick off, closing down the opposition and snapping into tackles straight from the start.

The early stages were pretty even with both teams seeking to settle into rhythm and Watchet had an appeal for a penalty for a handball offence rejected by the referee as early as the second minute of play. More threats came from the visitors when Matt Hill saved from a shot from Tom Sparks with Lilley completing the clearance.

On fifteen minutes Rory Thomas went scampering down the left flank and on reaching the by-line sent a great cross over the defence which found Bradley who superbly fired the ball into the top left hand corner from just outside of the box. This spurred on Watchet but the home defence marshalled by Jason Potter and full backs Ollie Clements and Ethan Johnson kept to their duties and breaking forward whenever possible.

Just before half time following more good work on the left from Thomas and Johnson ending in his cross just headed wide by Bradley. The home side was well worth their 1-0 interval lead.

The second half saw chances falling for both sides with the front two of Callum Briggs and Chris Holland continually harassing the away defence and both deserving of goals for their work rate. Whitey and Rowcliffe were matching them in the middle of the park linking well with both defence and attacking play. Briggs earned an early rest when replaced by Jake Betts for his first team debut and he got stuck in straightawaymaking his presence felt. A great through ball from Johnson sent Thomas scampering down the left but his cross was slightly over-hit and just too high for Betts waiting at the far post. Shortly after Thomas was replaced by George Martin to see the game out.

Near the end Bradley burst through on goal and was brought down claiming a penalty but the referee adjudged that infringement was on the edge of the box to the dismay of the home supporters who were convinced it was a spot kick. The resultant free kick was cleared and soon after the sound of the final whistle was greeted with fine applause from the loyal home supporters for a good all round and whole hearted performance from the entire team.

Acknowledgment should also be made of the contribution from the bench of Mark Brown and physio and Club stalwart Phil Williams in support of Whitey with telling words of wisdom and encouragement throughout the game.

Referee Andy Murphy deserved full marks from both teams as he’d kept a firm grip on this keenly contested encounter.

The Bill Gough Man of the Match award went to Chris Bradley for his stunning goal which clinched this important victory.

GK, Matthew Hill
Defence, Ollie Clements, Andy Lilley, Jason Potter, Ethan Johnson,
Midfield, Mike Rowcliffe, Leigh White, Chris Bradley, Rory Thomas
Forwards, Chris Holland, Callum Briggs
Subs: Jake Betts (for Callum Briggs), George Martin (for Rory Thomas)

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