As you can imagine the football club was very well represented this morning at the funeral of our great friend and No1 supporter Bill Gough. Players, directors, managers and supporters joined the large crowd of family and friends who had assembled at South Bristol Crematorium to wish him a final farewell . A very tearful message was received from ex manager ‘Smudger’ Smith who was stranded in Coventry and physio Gary Rickets contacted us from Tenerife where he was sipping a G & T in honour of the great man. Fittingly Bill’s son Mike told a couple of his trademark jokes as part of the Eulogy and we really didn’t know wether to laugh or cry! God bless you Bill R.I.P.
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This was another tough fixture away to mid table Middlezoy Rovers, the ground very open to the very strong wind which blew from one end of the pitch to the other making ball control difficult for both sides.
Although facing the wind it was the home side that won a corner from the start although Dan Luce headed well wide and soon after Mike Rowcliffe sawhis shot rise high and wide on the wind.
As in recent games Wrington Redhill created a number of chances but fell just short of converting them into goals which will surely come before much longer. Player/Manager Leigh White with Adam Caulfield alongside him continued to drive his team on from midfield ensuring his young guns Ben Griffiths, Joe Creese and Ethan Williams had as much of the ball as possible. It was this trio causing the home defence problems with Williams picking up a throw in and his strike pass a post and a cross from Griffiths just too deep for Creese to stab home.
Further chances came Creese a little short of getting onto White’s pass and then Griffiths took the ball off a defender runs clear at goal only to be smothered by home ‘keeper Greg Turner as he shot. Williams from the left flank cut in on his right and fired a drive which passed the far post on the wrong side and another chance was lost as the ball ran away on the wind when again only the ‘keeper to beat. The last chance of the half came when Callum Briggs broke up play and fed White whose shot was deflected away for a corner so no score at the break.
It was Wrington Redhill’s turn to face the wind in the second half and it could not have got off any worse when Jed Williams pounced on a clearance got to the right bi-line before drilling the ball across goal and found Callum Laird who had escaped from his marker and side footed the ball past Matt Hill to take a 1-0 lead. Conceding so soon and with the elements against them there was the familiar sinking feeling from the loyal band of supporters but the team held its resolve. Jason Potter fought for every ball at the heart of the defence, Callum Briggs was tackling fiercely and Chris Bradley and Ollie Clements playing their parts as Middlezoy were resorting to long ball tactics to take advantage or the wind.
When possible Wrington Redhill mounted their own attacks with White heading a Clements’ corner at the ‘keeper and Bradley heading wide from a Clements’ free kick. Laird broke on the right for Middlezoy but his shot went across goal and Potter and Briggs combined to clear from their goal line. Jake White was introduced with 15 minutes remaining and immediately made an impact with his control, movement and passing as the team went all out to seek an equaliser that would have been deserved. It was Middlezoy hanging on. Their biggest scare came when Clements fed a ball through to substituteGeorge Martin his shot deflected to White with the goalkeeper frantically diving at his feet although a flag for off side had already been raised.
Despite these heroics a long ball out of defence got beyond the defence and Jed Williams raced onto to it and coolly slotted past the advancing Hill to clinch the game with a harsh looking final 2-0 result.
Next week the team are on the road again to Ilminster Town in search of valuable points in their fight against relegation and on this showing can have confidence that survival is possible.
Bill Gough man of the match was awarded to Jason Potter who was back to his best at the heart of the defence.
GK, Matt Hill
Defence: Callum Briggs, Chris Bradley, Jason Potter, Ollie Clements
Midfield: Joe Creese, Ben Griffiths, Leigh White, Adam Caulfield
Forwards: Ethan Williams, Mike Rowcliffe
Subs: Jake White (for Mike Rowcliffe), George Martin (for Jason Potter), Andy Lilley (for Callum Briggs)
No one could have predicted the final score line at half time in a game away to Fry Club who are vying for the league title and with this result moved to the top of the table. With three players unavailable changes had to be made to Wrington Redhill’s starting eleven with Sam Johnson and Mike Rowcliffe coming in with another promising youngster Jake White on the bench.
Both sides contended with strong windy conditions and tried to keep the balland play controlled football. The visitors were belying their lowly league position and taking the game to Fry’s upsetting their rhythm. However it was the hosts who took the lead on 10 minutes when Jakob White raced down the right flank picking up the ball before cutting in and striking across goal and finding the net off the inside of a post giving ‘keeper James Williams no chance to save.
Wrington Redhill kept to their own game plan and created a number of chances with Ollie Clements just wide with a shot from distance and Ethan Williams through on the home ‘keeper Lewis George who managed to smother the ball. Ben Griffiths saw a shot go wide and Clements’ free kick was tipped over the cross bar by Lewis. The visitors deservedly equalised on 20 minutes when Mike Rowcliffe fed Griffiths and this time was able to poke the ball home for 1-1.
This goal spurred the side on and a strong run down the left flank from Rory Thomas saw his dangerous cross sliced away by a defender. Griffiths was causing all sorts of trouble to the home defence winning a number of free kicks and from one Sam Johnson had his kick saved at the far post. Williams saw another shot saved and Jason Potter fed Leigh White who saw his effort go over the bar and Rowcliffe had a shot pushed away by the busy Lewis. Fry’s were limited to few chances with Chris Bradley making timely tackles and James Williams mopping up behind his defence.
Hopes of going into the break on level pegging took a blow when from the last kick of the half, a corner by Ryan Madge held up on the wind and Jason Potter’s attempted clearance came off his head and into the net, a cruel blow for all the side’s efforts especially when in a relegation battle for survival.
Fry’s came out in the second half with all guns blazing and forced their opponents onto the back foot winning a number of corners. Within 10 minutes their lead was extended when Paul Worlock shot through a group of players into the net. Fry’s were in control now although before starting their late goal spree it might have been different had Ethan Williams shot at goal gone in instead of striking the crossbar and Bradley’s ball to White bringing another Lewis save.
With fifteen minutes to go the wheels came off and Fry’s added 4 goals to their tally the scorers being Nick Walters (2), Callum Baker and Edward Searle for a 7-1 final score which on reflection seemed somewhat harsh in consideration of the efforts over 90 minutes.
The fight against relegation continues next week away to Middlezoy Rovers and Leigh White and Mark Brown will need all their powers to lift the squad although without doubt the young players introduced by White bodes well for the future regardless of which division the Club face next season.
Bill Gough man of the match was awarded to Ben Griffiths
GK, James Williams
Defence: Ollie Clements, Sam Johnson, Chris Bradley, Jason Potter
Midfield: Joe Creese, Ben Griffiths, Leigh White, Mike Rowcliffe
Forwards: Ethan Williams, Rory Thomas
Subs: Jake White (for Rory Thomas), George Martin (for Ethan Williams), Mark Brown(not used)
Yatton & Cleevebattle to improbable win.
When the ref asks you ‘how in the world did you lose that?’ you know its been a strange game. Having played some good football to be 2 – 1 up and in total control, playing down hill with the wind, with Yatton struggling with two injuries and a switch of goal keeper, with 20 minutes left Wrington were on course for a good win. However, the game swung on a low goal kick which landed at Josh Gibbs’ feet who expertly controlled and fired into the empty net. This was harsh on keeper James Vowles who had a tremendous game making several fine saves and distributing well.Up until then, Wrington had dominated and Yatton were hanging on. The home side created a host of good positions but couldn’t find the final ball or option to produce many clear cut chances. Against the elements in the first half Wrington started brightly with Dave Valle and the impressive Fin Taplin finding space on the right and Clements and Curtis wide on the left. Edmunds and Betts were controlling the middle of the park and spreading the ball nicely. Although against the elements, it was a surprise when Wrington went behind, giving the ball away in midfield, Josh Gibbs sprinted clear to finish expertly.. The Home team had to work hard to get back into the game and needed a superb free kick from Micky Edmunds who rifled a drive into the top corner to get back on terms.
Level at half time and with everything in their favour, Wrington again started brightly in the second half and produced a well worked goal to take the lead. Curtis again fed Clements who used Marshall’s dummy run to feed in Johnson who raced clear and curled his shot Into the bottom corner. With injuries meaning Josh Harris had to go in goal on one leg having pulled a hamstring Yatton showed great character to hang on as Wrington hardly let them out of their half. In fact Harris made several crucial saves to keep them in the game until they equalised against the run of play. Wrington pushed forward but with Steve Owen and Josh Gibbs up front Yatton we’re always dangerous. Some sloppy defending led to a corner which Wrington failed to clear and unbelievably they were behind. Worse was to follow as an Owen free kick cross, stalled on the strong wind and curled wickedly in off the crossbar to add to their lead. Totally deflated and charging forward, the inevitable breakaway left curtis with three Yatton forwards to cover on his own and everyone staring at each other wondering how the game had slipped away.
Wrington: James Vowles,Fin Taplin,Dean Rix, Nick Curtis,Dave Valle,Mick Edmunds,Jake Betts,Mike Clements, James Marshall, Tommy Johnson.
Yatton: Ash Reynolds,Neil Anslow,Dom Roads,Harry Summerill,Nick Baker,Josh Harris,Taro Viner,Simon Tarr,Steve Owen,Josh Gibbs,Mark Williams: Mike Taylor,Dan Dell
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)