After a tricky start to the season the under 12’s recorded their 1st victory on Saturday with a fine 5 – 2 win over Banwell. The youngsters have had a difficult start to their burgeoning football careers by regularly playing against more experienced teams who’d played together for years. Whilst, at their age, results are not the most important thing it is nice to be part of a winning team from time to time. Manager Tim Haynes tells us that this result was only a matter of time as the team has grown in confidence week after week. He also pointed out that despite poor results they always play with a smile on their face and have been a credit to the famous green and black stripes. Well done everybody.
Player/Manager Leigh White handed another teenager a debut at Senior level football in this relegation battle with Odd Down Reserves at the Recreation Ground. This time it was 17 year old Ethan Williams who added his mobility and presence to the front line in a promising first appearance for the Club.
The home side got off to a positive start with White and Adam Caulfield pulling the strings from midfield allowing Williams, Ben Griffiths, supported down the flanks by Rory Thomas and Joe Creese to get at the visitors’ defence although not carving out any real clear cut chances. As usual Ollie Clements was firing in free kicks and corners without attackers causing undue panic to the opponents defence. On the counter Odd Down’s most threatening player was Rena Adigbo who was very well marshaled by Callum Briggs. The first half ended without goals with Wrington Redhill ‘keeper James Williams gathering a shot from David Mullins and Alfie Mahon at the foot of a post.
Desperate for the points the home side continued to press forward with Creese seeing more of the ball on the right flank and getting the ball into the box. From one cross Griffiths connection was saved on the goal line by ‘keeper Cameron Shipway and from a Clements cross Ethan Williams just missed out on a debut goal as his headed ball inched over the crossbar. Another effort from White was saved and this became the pattern. Further attacks at goal were thwarted with Chris Bradley heading just wide and following good inter play from substitutes George Martin and Jack Biggs found Creese whose goal bound effort was incredibly saved by Shipway at the top corner of the goal.
Wrington Redhill had a big scare when from a long free kick by Luke Targett found Mahon’s head and into the net. A flag was raised for an offside infringement and following consultation by referee Steven Clarke the offside decision was upheld and the ‘goal’ disallowed.
Incredibly Wrington Redhill could have won the game at the death when Martin’s overhead lob found Chris Holland in a crowded penalty area and when he could get his shot away it passed just inches wide of the left post.
Despite the disappointing result the effort of the whole squad cannot be faulted and it’s now onto another tough fixture at high riding Fry Club on Saturday.
Bill Gough man of the match was awarded to Adam Caulfield
GK, James Williams
Defence: Ollie Clements, Callum Briggs, Chris Bradley, Jason Potter
Midfield: Joe Creese, Ben Griffiths, Leigh White, Adam Caulfield
Forwards: Ethan Williams, Rory Thomas
Subs: Jack Biggs (for Adam Caulfield), George Martin (for Rory Thomas), Chris Holland (for Jason Potter)
Prior to the game starting both teams and spectators held a minutes silence in memory of Wrington Redhill’s a long-standing Club stalwart Bill Gough who sadly passed away in the week.
After last week’s encouraging performance enforced changes had to be made to the line-up by player/manager Leigh White due to absence of players due to holidays, illness and suspension. This is not a good position to be in when facing a fight against relegation however all credit goes to replacements James Williams for his first start of the season in goal and Simon Lee pairing with George Martin up front and Andy Lilley and Jon Flynn on the bench.
The visitors started brightly although it was Stockwood who threatened first when Harrison Donachie shot wide and soon after James Williams saved a Ricky Brumpton effort. An Ollie Clements free kick following a foul on Adam Caulfield was cleared and another chance came when White fed Rory Thomas along the left flank but his cross was cleared by the defence. Adam Caulfield headed wide connecting with another Thomas cross. The industrious Ben Griffiths was trying hard to spark more attacks from his midfield position and Chris Bradley was busy to but Stockwood kept Williams on his toes including an awkward save at the foot of a post to concede a corner. Despite this action the half ended at 0-0.
Wrington Redhill were awarded a number of free kicks as lively Griffiths was constantly being brought down. From one free kick Thomas was dismayed as no player was able to capitalise on a good delivery into the goal area. The home side had an appeal for a penalty rightly rejected as Williams dived at the feet of Conrad Britton racing into the area but nonetheless clasped the ball cleanly to avert the danger. Griffiths and Simon Lee had efforts saved by Matt Lewis and Caulfield also shot just wide after Clements had made a goal line clearance just before.
On the hour mark Jack Biggs replaced George Martin and soon after an injury forced Caulfield to be replaced by Jon Flynn. A blow came on 70 minutes when Donachie rose to head Tom Francis’ cross at goal and Williams’ finger tips could not prevent the ball crossing the line for the home side to take a 1-0 lead. Stockwood were now beginning to take control of the game and White Callum Briggs and Jason Potter had their work cut out to stay in the game however Andy Lilley came on for Briggs soon after who had picked up an injury.
A Stockwood breakaway saw Jack Moore send his shot wide but moments later Conrad Britton evaded two challenges and then chipped the advancing Williams to take a 2-0 lead. Williams then made a point blank save from Donachie. Shortly before the end a Wrington Redhill counter attack involving White and Griffiths feed the ball to Lee who saw his goal bound effort saved right on the line by the backtracking home keeper.
Next week’s game at home to bottom of the league side Odd Down is an absolutely crucial game and nothing less than 3 points will be required to help thwart the relegation fight. The Club would like to see as many supporters as possible to attend to give their backing to the team at this difficult time.
Bill Gough man of the match was awarded to Callum Briggs
GK, James Williams
Defence: Ollie Clements, Callum Briggs, Leigh White, Jason Potter, Rory Thomas
Midfield: Chris Bradley, Ben Griffiths, Adam Caulfield
Forwards: Simon Lee, George Martin
Subs: Jack Biggs (for George Martin, Jon Flynn (for Adam Caulfield), Andy Lilley (for Callum Briggs)
Sadly we have to report that, with the passing of Bill Gough, one of the biggest and brightest stars at our club has gone out. Although Bill’s playing days were behind him when he and Shirley arrived in Wrington he took an interest in the football club and soon became an important part of everything we did. The fact that he served on the committee and represented us on the WSSC committee doesn’t even begin to tell his story, his presence always brightened the clubhouse even after a defeat, his terrible jokes were legendary and he was loved by all. He was always keen to make sure anyone who came to the club received a warm welcome, new players, managers, opposition players and supporters and was the main reason we are held in high regard throughout the county. Rarely has a man of his age been so popular amongst the players young and old and everyone associated with the club have been devastated by this news. Gone but never forgotten.
Our thought at this time are with Shirley, Mike and the rest of the family.
The home side got off to a strong start with player/manager Leigh White getting on the ball in midfield and setting the tempo in getting the talented young duo of Ben Griffiths and Joe Creese driving forward and creating all sorts of problems for the Worle defence. The first chance at goal came from a Mike Rowcliffe shot that was deflected away. Chris Bradley headed against the crossbar from an Ollie Clements free kick. Griffiths again got away from his markers and found Holland and his shot also struck the crossbar.
Worle were playing more of a long ball game and with the wind at their backs were causing problems for the home defence and Callum Briggs and Jason Potter facing his old club had their work cut out as Worle forwards Ryan Down, Ryan Hodrien and Chris Taylor were very sprightly on the counter attack. It was Down who struck twice to take a fortunate half time lead. His first effort was driven past Matt Hill from just inside the box on 20 minutes and shortly after a powerful drive rocketed past Hill leaving him with no chance to save.
Before the interval arrived Wrington Redhill spurned three more scoring opportunities. Griffiths fed Creese and his cross somehow eluded Holland for a tap in and then Griffiths brought a good save from Jack Hodrien at a foot of the post and the last kick of the half saw his effort again strike the crossbar.
To counter the long ball threat White moved to the back to direct his defence and Rowcliffe withdrew into a midfield role still allowing Griffiths to cause his opposition all sorts of problems with his pace and jinking runs to compliment his determination and ferocity in winning the ball back for his team mates. Rowcliffe had a shot pushed away for a corner and Creese had a shot saved following good work from Holland. Another Griffiths run found Holland who again missed connecting his shot effort. Wrington Redhill were in the ascendancy although another scare came when a Clements free kick was cleared and a swift counter attack resulted in Down shooting wide.
The home side got right back into the game with a goal on the hour mark. White found Rory Thomas who fed Griffiths who cleverly slid the ball into the path of Holland who made no mistake this time in slotting the ball past the advancing keeper. Worle had another attempt thwarted when Callum Briggs held off the advancing Taylor forcing his shot wide. Clements fired a free kick straight at Hodrien whilst Ryan Hodrien fired a free kick just wide of a post.
Simon Lee and George Martin replaced Holland and Thomas and still the home team worked tirelessly to get some reward for their efforts. With tenminutes to go Griffiths took a free kick from just outside the box which a defender handled and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Griffiths who fired home high into the net for the well deserved equaliser. It looked that this might be the final result when White headed a Ryan Hodrien free kick clear with the clock ticking down.
With just minutes remaining there was drama and controversy when the referee awarded a penalty to Worle. Ollie Clements won a tackle inside the box and as the ball was being cleared the Worle player fell over. No one appealed and only the referee reacted with the spot kick decision which caused consternation among the frustrated home players and ended up with Rowcliffe shown a red card and Hill a yellow card for their vehement protests.
Eventually Ryan Hodrien netted from the spot clinching a 3-2 victory bringing a sour end to a well contested game from two fully committed sides.
Bill Gough man of the match was awarded to Ben Griffiths
GK, Matthew Hill
Defence: Ollie Clements, Callum Briggs, Jason Potter, Rory Thomas
Midfield: Chris Bradley, Leigh White, Ben Griffiths, Joe Creese
Forwards: Mike Rowcliffe, Chris Holland
Subs: George Martin (for Rory Thomas), Simon Lee (for Chris Holland), Adam Caulfield(not used), Jack Biggs (not used)
Only one change from last week’s starting eleven with the return of Jason Potter to the defence and Ethan Johnson playing in a more forward role in the place of the absent Mike Rowcliffe. On the bench were Paul Faulkner, Adam Caulfield and a welcome return to the club Sam Clements.
An early chance came Wrington Redhill’s way when Potter fed the ball to Ben Griffiths on the left who passed to Joe Creese who saw his shot at goal pass the wrong side of the far post. Middlezoy were playing some neat football and Matt Hill had to be alert to a cross into the penalty area from Jake Horsley which he duly collected.
Approaching 20 minutes Matt Connick found space on the left flank and his cross into the area caught the strong wind and ended up curling into the top right hand corner of goal leaving Hill no chance to make a save. Shortly after Griffiths was unlucky to see his goal bound effort deflected by a defender withthe ball spooning into the hands of the visitor’s keeper Greg Turner. The half time break came after Hill made a couple more saves from danger following corners keeping the score at 1-0 to Middlezoy.
The home side had to make a double substitution early after the restart with Paul Faulkner on for injured Ethan Johnson and his brother Sam replacing Sam Clements struggling with an old injury in the very heavy conditions. The weather deteriorated even further as the wind increased bringing driving rain for all the players to cope with. To both teams credit they continued to produce all hearted performances with Callum Briggs working tirelessly at the heart of the defence but it was the visitors who came out on top with two further goals from Aaron Waites and Connick completing a brace for a 3-0 victory.
The squad will be in for training next Saturday as there is no scheduled fixture as they continue to find a change in fortunes to move away from theirlowly league position.
Bill Gough man of the match was awarded to Callum Briggs
GK, Matthew Hill
Defence: Ollie Clements, Callum Briggs, Sam Clements, Jason Potter
Midfield: Chris Bradley, Leigh White, Ben Griffiths, Ethan Johnson
Forwards: Simon Lee, Joe Creese
Subs: Paul Faulkner (for Ethan Johnson), Sam Johnson (for Sam Clements), Adam Caulfield (not used)
Wrington Redhill found that lack of goals was their downfall yet again in this game against fellow league strugglers Clutton at a heavy Recreation Ground.
The first half was virtually all one way traffic and as early as the first five minutes Simon Lee saw one effort strike a post and another cleared off the line. The home side was playing some terrific football with manager Leigh White handing debuts to two teenagers for their first starts in senior football and what performances were produced by both players. Joe Creese was causing havoc down the right flank and Ben Griffith was stamping his authority at the heart of the midfield, both making major contributions to the game. Simon Lee was making a return to the team after a prolonged absence and held the ball well up front linking well with advancing players from midfield.
Chance after chance went begging with Mike Rowcliffe, Chris Bradley and the youngsters Creese and Griffith very active but the net eluding them all by last ditch clearances or strikes wide of goal. Despite all this dominance just minutes before the break Clutton were awarded a penalty for a Sam Clements handball infringement and Adam Holcombe fiercely drove the spot kick past Matt Hill for a bemusing 1-0 half time lead.
The second half had a similar pattern Wrington Redhill on the offensive and Clutton relying on breakaways when possible. White was encouraging Creese and Griffiths to express themselves and indeed the latter grew and grew in confidence involved in much of the play and continued to create chances. Ethan Johnson got forward on the left and a stunning strike just flew past the left top corner of the goal. Shortly after link play between Griffiths and Lee found Rowcliffe who forced the ball in the net for a well deserved equalisinggoal.
Probably the best move of the game came on 70 minutes with White picking up the ball gave a short pass to Bradley who then released Creese again on the right and his cross found Griffiths who’s strike was gathered by the visitor’s‘keeper Steve Rogers. George Martin and Jack Biggs came on for Lee and Callum Briggs and more chances were created but not finished off.
As so often happens in these sort of games two late breakaways saw Rich Krugg score two goals to take the points, the last just before the final whistle. Even the visiting contingent could not believe they came away with a victory but that’s no real consolation to Wrington Redhill who now face a real fight to climb the league table. As long as the commitment and belief remains plus the added impetus of new young blood in the team this is still possible in the second half of the season. They now have to turn chances into goals!
Bill Gough man of the match was awarded to Ben Griffith for a splendid all round midfield performance on his debut for the Club and Senior football
GK, Matthew Hill
Defence: Ollie Clements, Callum Briggs, Sam Clements, Ethan Johnson
Midfield: Chris Bradley, Leigh White, Ben Griffith,
Forwards: Michael Rowcliffe, Simon Lee, Joe Creese
Subs: Jack Biggs (for Callum Briggs), George Martin for (Simon Lee), Jason Potter (not used)
Johnson brace stuns leaders
After last week’s disappointing derby result, Wrington Reserves shuffled their pack and a new look formation produced a stunning all round display to match the league leaders and pull off a come back win. Aided by the return of Matt Lenny, Chris Holland and Nick Curtis, Wrington had options all over the field and started brightly. Their determination to play good football on a difficult pitch was eventually rewarded when good inter passing between Holland and Curtis put Portishead under pressure. The clearance fell to Jake Betts who produced a beautifully threaded ball for Johnson to run on to and rifle into the top corner. The home side responded with several dangerous crosses and with Olly O Hare and Calum Eastwood a constant threat this young talented side grew into the game. Wrington were now under pressure and O’Hare finally latched onto a long ball and finished expertly.
With Joe Moore and John Flynn battling tirelessly in midfield the rest of the half was an even end to end game but it took a fine penalty save from James Williams to keep things level . The visitors were therefore unlucky to find themselves behind just on the stroke of half time when Eastwood finally managed to shake off Flynn who rather ‘dived in’ giving him the time to slot past the on rushing Williams.
Having struck such a psychological blow, Portishead expected to take control of the second half but with Andy Lilly, Dean Rix and Lenny holding firm, Johnson full of running and Marshall his usual combatitive self , Wrington more than held their own. A typical run from Holland again pressurised the home defence and when the ball broke to Johnson he made no mistake for his second to level the match. Tom Fairhurstreplaced the injured Matt Lenny but Curtis slotted into defence expertly and the visitors continued to frustrate the home side. Marshall’s header then released Johnson again and his perfect cross fell to Holland but his shot was somehow cleared only for Fairhurst to retrieve and Holland gratefully accepted his second chance to bundle home the cross.
It now took a whole team effort, throwing themselves into every block and tackle and several good saves from Williams to keep Portishead at bay but eventually Wrington ran out deserved winners. Without doubt this was Wringtons’ best performance of the season and with seven games remaining, all at home, it will be interesting to see how far they can push up the table.
Man Of Match: Tom Johnson
The final score line had a rather harsh look and didn’t really fully reflect the game. Thetwo sides are at opposite ends of the league table but Wrington Redhill more than matched their title-chasing visitors, although they could not match their finishing.
It could have been the home side taking the lead within five minutes of the start. Mike Rowcliffe found space on the left flank and his curling cross just evaded the on-rushing Leigh White but still struck the post and rebounded away. There was a positive and confident feel in the side with subtle team shape changes allowing Jake Betts to act as an early pivot for the front two of Rowcliffe and Chris Holland to play off.
This bright start was dealt a blow on ten minutes when Chilcompton were awarded a penalty when Callum Briggs was adjudged to have clipped Kieran Robinson just inside the box. It was Robinson who composed himself and struck the penalty past the scrambling Matt Hill in goal for a 1-0 lead. This setback did little to upset Wrington Redhill’s morale with Sam Clements back from suspension playing an important role at the heart of the defence winning crucial headers at both ends of play with Jason Potter covering around the defence. At every opportunity Ollie Clements and Ethan Johnson sought to make ground on the flanks to stretch their opponents back line. Matt Hill saved an effort from Toby Cole and Toby Brooks Scully was a handful in midfield although White and Bradley limited a lot of his work.
With the half time break approaching Wrington Redhill had a chance to draw level when Rowcliffe just could not get a touch to a Bradley cross. The hosts were then dealt a further blow when from a scramble in the goal area Jake Brooks-Scully poked in goal number two with the last kick of the half.
The second half was again much the same and Wrington Redhill enjoyed a little purple patch putting Chilcompton under pressure. An inviting Ollie Clements corner was forced away and then came the home side’s best chance of the game. Bradley burst through from midfield with only the keeper to beat. His first effort was parried by Kyle Phillips and Bradley’s second effort antagonising struck the post. A goal then would have put Wrington Redhill right back into the game. This was not to be when Brooks-Scully mopped up a poor clearance and set up Toby Cole to fire past Hill for a 3-0 lead with fifteen minutes left on the clock.
Despite this further setback more chances came with substitute George Martin’s burst forward towards goal blocked off, Sam Clements long range effort pushed away for a corner by Phillips. Ethan Johnson had a similar shot cleared and the visitors also cleared the ball off the line from another corner into the box. The final opportunity came just before the end when a poor clearance by Phillips found Holland but his effort from some distance failed to reach the target.
In summary a disappointing result but a much spirited performance both in terms of work ethic and execution of game plans set out by Leigh White and Mark Brown. New signing Jack Biggs made a promising substitute debut and George Martin and Rory Thomas backed the team up when called into action. Next week’s home game against Clutton who are just one place above in the league is crucial in keeping in touch with the bunch of teams in the lower half of the league table and the continued backing of home supporters will be fully appreciated by the playing squad.
Bill Gough man of the match – Sam Clements
GK, Matthew Hill
Defence: Ollie Clements, Callum Briggs, Jason Potter, Sam Clements, Ethan Johnson
Midfield: Chris Bradley, Leigh White, Jake Betts
Forwards: Michael Rowcliffe, Chris Holland
Subs: Jack Biggs (for Jake Betts), George Martin for (Callum Briggs), Rory Thomas (for Ethan Johnson)
Wrington Redhill football club are delighted to announce that Leigh White and his assistant Mark Brown have been appointed as manager and assistant manager of the club. The duo have been acting in caretaker roles since previous manager Graham Cheeseman stood down in September and have enjoyed the experience so much they applied to take over full-time. It took the board a nanosecond to accept their application and offer them full support in everything they do.
Both Leigh and Mark have had impressive playing careers and their experience and fresh coaching ideas have galvanised the squad and improved attitudes throughout the club.Leigh made more than 250 appearances for home town club Weston Super Mare before moving on to various local non league clubs including Welton Rovers and Manor Farm. Mark also boasts a wealth or experience including good spells at Weston St John and Welton Rovers.
‘This very positive move is exactly what we need’ said Chairman Steve Porter, there had been a bit of a negative mood around the club when ‘Cheese’ resigned but these 2 stepped in and got everything back on track. The players are turning up at training in good numbers with a smile on their face keen to learn. New personnel with fresh ideas coupled with a change in venue for training seems to have brought the players closer together. This has allowed Leigh and Mark to look at all the players side by side and meant that some players have been given a good run in the 1st team having previously been overlooked. They are of course always on the lookout for new talent and anyone looking for a new challenge or a new club would always be welcome here, players of all standards are the lifeblood of our this club.