Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves 0 Wrington Redhill 1
Wrington Redhill always knew that it would be a tough game in this midweek fixture away to an emerging Nailsea and Tickenham side especially after their heavy defeat at the hands of Somerton at the weekend. Player/Manager Leigh White shuffled the pack slightly with another two games coming up rapidly over the Bank Holiday weekend. In came skipper Ethan Johnson, Sam Parkinson and George Fake. Corey Thomas-Barker passed a late fitness check and the team continued to offer their attacking passing game.
A tight game ensued, and the first threat came after 10 minutes when Nailsea’s Adam Wellen headed over from a corner. The visitors then forced a corner when an Ethan Johnson free kick saw George Fake and Jack Hutchings put the defenders under pressure hurriedly clearing the ball. Sam Parkinson and Si Hewish combination resulted in a cross which rose high over the defence. Shortly after James Williams had to be alert on a counterattack.
Wrington Redhill shaved the first half with home custodian Garth Flynn the busier of the keepers with Corey Thomas-Barker sending a powerful shot over the crossbar and saving an effort from Jack Hutchings following excellent approach play from Parkinson and Reece Ferguson-Obamwonyi. Despite this the team were delighted to see White to the rescue when he cleared an effort off the line just before the half ended at 0-0.
The second half saw a similar pattern with the midfield trio of Parkinson, Thomas-Barker and Ferguson-Obamwonyi leading the attacking moves with Ollie Clementi’s covering presence dealing with the counter. Hutchings was always a threat in front of goal and Fake working tirelessly in support. More chances came with Thomas-Barker shooting wide and after a superb exchange of passes between Ethan Williams, Tomas-Barker and Ferguson-Obamwonyi allowed Parkinson to get his effort well saved by Flynn.
Nailsea were really under the cosh now and it was fitting that Wrington Redhill clinched the game and again it was youngster Jack Hutchings who broke the deadlock with a fine strike into the net following good work from the midfield players yet again.
The goal spurred the hosts into a late flurry, but they were unable to break the resolute back four of Si Hewish, Dan Ferguson, White and Johnson with James Williams as the last man.
The game ended soon after Flynn produced a top class save to deny Thomas-Barker a well-deserved goal. His thunderous shot was superbly pushed away as Flynn flung himself to his left and managed to get his palm to the ball to safety.
Player of the match was awarded to Reece Furguson-Obamwoni
Goalkeeper: James Williams
Defence: Si Hewish, Leigh White, Daniel Ferguson, Ethan Johnson
Midfield: Ollie Clements, Sam Parkinson, Corey Thomas-Barker, Reece Ferguson-Obamwonyi
Forwards: Jack Hutchings, George Fake
Substitutes: Matt Walsh (for Si Hewish), Ethan Williams (for George Fake), Ryan Pugh (unused)