Wrington Lose Out

Wrington v Chilcompton Sports

Sat 28th Jan 2017

Liam Knights’ (pictured) third goal in three games was not enough to save Wrington from defeat.

In truth there was little between the two sides and on balance Wrington probably played more football than the visitors. This however is no consolation when you lose the game.

Wrington made the worst possible start conceding a penalty in the first minute. There was some discussion that the player was well offside but the away penalty taker coolly slotted the pen away.

Wrington then controlled long periods of the game but the away team always looked dangerous when breaking forward.

Wrington got themselves level from a corner when the ball was headed toward goal and Knight, standing a couple of yards from the line redirected the header into the goal.

H/T 1-1

The second half was an even affair but the away side got the all important next goal. A jinking run from the ever dangerous Chilcompton right-winger saw him pass 3 defenders and slot the ball home under the advancing Wrington keeper. 1-2

A further penalty followed and despite ‘Polish Dan’ making a great save the ball ran out into the centre of the goal where the penalty taker knocked in the rebound. 1-3

F/T 1-3

Manager Lucas said.’ I asked the players to be more direct at half time and over hit the ball into the corners. We did not do this and tried to play a little too much football on a heavy pitch. Still we move on to  difficult game at Shire next Saturday’

MOTM Chris Bradley -For being completely smashed by Sam Johnson in an aerial challenge. Being two footed in a nasty tackle and  being generally clattered all afternoon.



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Williams Ensures Back to Back Wins For Wrington At Wells City

Wrington lifted themselves out of the bottom three  with a great win at Wells City.

In a game of two halfs the excellent James Williams kept Wrington in the game in the first half when Wells were the dominant force.

A much improved second half performance saw Liam Knight score the all important winner to earn an invaluable 3 points for the Redskins.

Manager Rich Lucas said. ‘We were much improved in the second half and have pulled Wells into the relegation battle. We need to keep this going. We do not want to relax thinking we have turned the corner. We are back at home next week and it’s important to get something from the game with Chilcompton.’

MOTM – James Williams – excellent all around keeping display. Sorry James I don’t have a picture of you but this is what you will look like when your 50. I know….. its not a pretty sight

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The White Knight Gives Wrington Victory

Saturaday 14th Jan 2017

Wrington Redhill V Shepton Mallet Res

With the season now half over Wrington know they need to start picking up points if they are to avoid an end of season relegation battle and this was a massive step in the right direction.

In an even first 20 minutes both sides played some neat football without really troubling either keeper. But is was the away team that broke the deadlock.

Following a neat move the ball was fed through from midfield to the Shepton forward who coolly finished from 12 yards shooting across the Wrington Keeper into the far corner. 0-1

This could have knocked Wringtons confidence but to their credit the boys kept playing and  with half time approaching got their just rewards. The ball was crossed from the left and following a goalmouth scramble Liam Knight rammed the ball home from close range. 1-1

After the break Shepton had a spell of dominance and following a cross from the right the unfortunate Lee White slotted the ball emphatically between ‘Polish Dans’ legs for an own goal.

But Wrington did not let this get them down and pushing hard for an equaliser won a penalty for handball when the ball was travelling towards goal. Up stepped the ever reliable Luke Patton to send the keeper the wrong way. 2-2

Wrington now had their tails up and a couple of minutes later Lee White made up for his O.G. with the winner.

The ball was crossed from the right and White who was in the centre of the goal 8 yards out made no mistake sweeping the ball into the far corner of the net. 3-2

Manager Lucas said, ‘I wasn’t overly impressed with the first half but credit the lads they came back twice from behind and worked hard for a much needed win. We need to carry this result through to next week when we play Wells City Res. If we can win there we will drag them into the relegation battle.

MOTM :- Lee White – Tireless work rate and scoring the much need winner. (Mike Rowcliffe was a very close second)


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Reserves Dig Out Hard Fought Win

Wrington Reserves 3 Hutton 0 – Hospital Cup

With Hutton scoring seven goals in their last outing against KVFC, this looked a tricky draw in the Hospital Cup. The reserves also had to use the depth of the club’s playing resources as Mike Shaman replaced James Williams who moved up to the the first team and with several late call offs, Harrison Barzotelli made his debut. Playing up the hill and with the manager’s plea for a more disciplined display, Wrington started cautiously and it was the visitors who dominated the early exchanges. However, the back three of Callum Briggs, Nick Curtis and Dutch Holland were outstanding and with stood everything thrown at them. Briggs and Holland tackled everything that moved and Curtis’s positional play mopped up all the loose ends. Unusually for the home side, too often the ball was played long giving Tommy Johnson and Charlie Burgess little chance of holding the ball up. However, with Barzotelli industrious behind the front two, Lenny and Clements began to get a grip in midfield which released Thomas and Moore out wide. Thomas played in Johnson whose superb ball allowed Burgess to coolly drive the ball into the bottom corner. The pattern of the game returned to Wrington playing more like the away side and Huttons’ full backs finding plenty of space out wide putting Wrington’s shape under pressure. Mike Sharman made one outstanding save from a point blank header to keep the lead intact at half time. A tinkering of the formation and now playing downhill, Wrington grew more into the game and Huttons’ full backs found it harder to get forward. Moore, Burgess and Barzotelli set up Johnson who made no mistake with a rasping shot which gave the ‘keeper no chance. This takes Johnson’s goal tally into double figures for the season. Hutton responded and the home side’s defence had to be at its best to keep them out and on the one occasion when a chance came, Shaman made a crucial double save. With the visitors trying to get back into the game, Thomas and Moore now found space raiding down the flanks, and the siege was lifted. Returning from injury, Selman came on and a typical run saw him drive into the penalty area but pushed out to what seemed an impossible angle. Not for Selman, who threaded the ball expertly into the net and effectively sealed the win. This only left time for a few soft bookings the most notable that of Clements who was booked for the first time in 40 odd years of playing!

Man of the Match was hotly debated but with a rare clean sheet it had to be one of the defence and Callum Briggs edged it. The threat of Phil Williams kitted up and named as sub, ready to make his comeback obviously working as an incentive!! A fine win, but next week’s crucial reverse fixture in the League will be a tougher assignment again. Man Of Match: Callum Briggs

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Old Rivalry Produces Cracker but No Reward for Reserves

Wrington Reserves 3 Vs Kenn Valley FC 4

Weston and District Div 1 – half time 1 – 2

Having come up through the leagues together, these two teams know each other well and always produce tight, hard fought games. This year’s Division 1 is already proving a very competitive league and both teams need to respond to an early losing record. However, it was a game full of quality and twists and turns. The home team had the worst possible start. Keen to impose themselves, a rash challenge on the edge of the box led to a free kick. A high hopeful cross ended up in the top corner giving James Williams in goal no chance.

This knocked Wrington back on their heels and it took some time for them to recover and settle into the game. When they did so they started to play some good football but as often of late were too impatient and rushed the final ball. However, good pressing from the midfield allowed Matt Lenny to latch on to a mistake and release Tommy Johnson who raced through to slot his seventh goal of the season. With the relief of getting back on terms, Wrington appeared to have gained control but got caught trying to play from the back and immediately surrendered the hard fought initiative. The resulting bouncing ball bobbled around the area and into the net after several chances to clear.

Conceding just before half time never helps the mood in the dressing room but coach Phil Williams rallied the troops and the home side started the second half with real purpose. Debutant Alex Blake and Joe Moore started to find room on the flanks and Dan McMullen came more into the game. He combined well with Joe Moore to put Kyle Selman in space and a typical left foot strike saw Wrington level. Now on the front foot, the home side pushed forward and chances started to come. It was no surprise when Selman scored a second when Tommy Johnson’s cross alluded Joe Moore but fell to Selman who scored again with a left foot strike via a McMullen deflection. Hence the dubious goals panel which eventually ruled in his favour.

With fifteen minutes to go there was a sense that the game was won and with a little game management the home side would get the win. However, to their great credit, Kenn Valley responded by upping their game and as Wrington seemed to tire, they then lost their shape, and spaces appeared all over the pitch. Jonny Marsh and James Marshall came on to try and stem the tide but a break down the right won a throw in and Wrington were slow to organise which allowed space for a fine left foot finish into the top corner. Having been in a position to win the game, the home side were now in the tricky position of trying to force a result or settle for the draw. Either way, the momentum was with the visitors and they seemed to be getting all the refereeing decisions in their favour. Another soft free kick saw an under hit floated ball skip off a defensive header and fall to any one of three attackers at the far post to tap in for the winner. There was just time for a similar free kick to give Wrington the chance of redemption but the sense of frustration saw it blaised over the bar.

Despite the depressing result there were numerous positives and Alex Blake, Nic Curtis and Callum Briggs all challenged for man of the match before it was awarded to Callum (Pictured). Typical of Wrington, a defender wins MOM after conceding 4 goals!

The next two weeks now become crucial with the local ‘Hill’ derby, home and away against Cleeve who sit bottom of the table. As the Captain of the cricket teams says……It’s called Wrington Hill for a reason!!

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Reserves Learn Harsh Lesson of Football in Div 1


Portishead A Vs Wrington Reserves – Final Score 3 – 1  ( 1 – 1 half Time)


Like all newly promoted teams, Wrington Reserves found out that you cannot miss three or four clear cut scoring opportunities against the best teams and expect to come away with any points.

The new League season started with the hardest possible fixture, away to last year’s winners Portishead A. Things got even more challenging as they went behind within 5 minutes of the whistle when caught cold by a clinical early strike. A well struck shot into the top corner of the net giving James Williams no chance in the Wrington goal. To their great credit, Wrington kept trying to play football as set out by Coach Phil Williams, not only competing in all areas but carved out three or four clear cut chances to get back on terms. With Chris Holland marshalling the back three and Mike Rowcliffe controlling a combative midfield, openings came as Joe Moore and then Louis Rouvais were put through on goal only for good saves to deny both. Wrington then had a golden spell  when Rouvais once again forced a brave save and the follow up by Clements was blocked on the line. Finally Wrington got the goal they richly deserved when a pin point deep cross from Rory Thomas saw Joe Moore ghosting in at the far post  to plant a header into the bottom corner. Inevitably the home side responded and the half ended with Wrington under pressure as they sat back a little although there we no clear cut chances.

Matt Lenny replaced Mike Clements at half time to provide fresh legs and it was Wrington that were first out of the traps. Forcing an early corner both Holland and Rouvais (Pictured) attacked the ball and Rouvais’ strong header was again brilliantly saved by the Portishead keeper. With Thomas and Moore controlling the wide areas, Paul Burnett tackling everything in midfield and Paul Faulkner tireless upfront, Wrington looked comfortable and a creditable away point looked possible. However, as they tired the pressure began to build. If anything, the desire to play football proved their undoing as a wayward pass from the back prompted a counter attack that saw the on rushing striker lifting the ball agonisingly over the fingertips of Williams following a deflection.

Matthew Collins was introduced as the second sub but the tide had turned. Callum Briggs bravely continued although hampered by injury and even now very few clear cut chances were created. However, a smart turn from a low corner resulted in Portisheads’ third goal.

With the Home Keeper awarded MOM, Wrington felt that the final score did not flatter them and that they have nothing to fear in the new league. As long as valiant losses do not become a regular theme and they take their chances, the writer is minded to agree.


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Jose CLARKE Strikes The Magic Formula

With Manager Rich Lucas away it fell to assistant manager Colin (Jose) Clarke to step in for a few games and Clarke tasted immediate sucess while at the helm.

Two back to back wins steadied the Wrington ship as the team climbed into mid table. Wins at home to Bridgwater Town Reserves (2-1) and away at Yatton (1-4) saw the team go 8th in Premier Division.

This has been a great effort by the team with several player still out with injuries or away on holiday.

No game this weekend.

The Redskins are next back in action on Saturday 27th when they are away to Clevedon United.




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Wrington Lose Season Opener

Nailsea United v Wrington Redhill

Saturday 6th August 2016

A poor start for The Redskins going down 4-0 to local rivals Nailsea United. This was not helped by the loss of Goalkeeper Gary Clark (pictured) to an ankle injury on 6 minutes. Manager Rich Lucas taking over in between the sticks.

Nailsea had their own problems with several first team players away for the opener but their replacements saw the home through to a comfortable victory.

However, overshadowing the football was the recent loss of Nailsea Stalwart John ‘Hobbo’ Hobbs. John simply was Mr Nailsea United and all clubs if they are lucky enough they will have a John Hobbs in there ranks. Surely their can never be a more deserving minutes silence to remember this unassuming man who never sought the limelight but clearly loved his football club.

Well John, your lads did you proud…..




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Wrington Start With A Pre Season Win

Tuesday 12th June 2016

Pre Season friendly – Wrington Redhill  v Clevedon Town FC

Wrington kicked off their pre season fixtures with a good win against a mixed Clevedon Town team. New Manager, Rich Lucas and opposing Manager, Mickey Bell used the fixture to try several new players.

Lucas changed the team formation from last years 4-4-2 to 4-3-3. and the team responded with some neat football .

On 35 minutes Clevedon opened the scoring from a corner that the home defence failed to clear with the ball being forced in from close range.0-1

Wrington equalised when Troy stepped neatly inside the Clevedon full back and fired an unstoppable shot across the away keeper into the far corner. 1-1.

H/T 1-1

Wrington continued to play some attractive passing football and the introduction of Wrington talisman Graham Cheeseman saw Luke Paton come alive in front of goal.

Cheeseman fed the ball into Paton who raced clear of the away defence and fired in a left foot shot that rose to hit the roof of the net. 2-1

Minutes later Cheeseman again controlled the ball and slipped in the ever willing Paton who this time coolly rounded the away keeper to slide the ball home with his left foot. 3-1.

F/T 3-1

Player/Manager Rich Lucas (Pictured) said, ‘ It was a good workout for both teams and we played some nice stuff at times. There is still plenty to work on though and we will be hard at it on the training pitch this Thursday’

Any players old or new who wish to attend are more than welcome to come along 6.45pm  Wrington Recreational Ground.

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Fry Club 1 Wrington Redhill 3 CUP FINAL

Please find The Chairman match report below

“ Tuesday 17th  at Bridgwater Town FC Wrington Redhill made history by winning the Somerset Premier & Division 1 cup in the first time in their 126 year history .. a large & enthusiastic crowd gathered in Bridgwater to witness this final.. A clear night saw Fry’s in Red begin strongly with Wrington threatening on the break .. a game played i at high tempo & excellently  refereed by Alan Raggett  eventually saw Fry’s make the breakthrough midway through first half when a loose ball ricocheted  around Wrington’s  penalty box & nestled just inside keeper Clarkes right-hand post .. messy but they all count . Wrington competed equally for the remainder of the half with Luke Patten going close with a header & Mike Rowcliffe not quite being able to direct two good efforts on target ..Half time arrived 1-0 the score .the second half saw wrington become more assertive as the game wore on & it was a shot by Luke Patten well saved by the Frys keeper that was despatched into the net by Josh Bennett.. cue hysteria by the travelling Redskin followers !..tails up & a Frys players dismissed by referee Raggett for a two footed tackle ( so I  m told ) .. wrington then were awarded a free kick 20 years from goal as the ever willing Liam Knight was bundled over .. Chris GAYLE WHO HAD SEAMLESSly  DROPPED INTO Centre half after 20 mins when the unlucky Sam Clements was forced off with injury .. stepped up & fizzed the ball into the back of the net ..a swarm of green shirts tsunamied their way to manager Smith & te bench .. sheer delight for all from the Shire .. . young Travis  then sealed the famous win with a 25 yard screamer .. Frys still kept at it & force several corners & free kicks but the introduction of Club legend & talisman Graham Cheeseman who’s  pure will to win & aerial l prowess typified the wrington players resolve  .. Cheeso , Cheeso  the faithfull chanted their adulation .. final whistle .. euphoria . !.. .. “

MOTM ; Wrington FC Squad,management,Club officers,Vice Presidents club, Supporters

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