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)