East Worle defeat the champions

East Worle 3 Cleeve West Town Res 2LAST season's Division 1 champions Cleeve WT were no match for the much improved East Worle side.

East Worle 3

Cleeve West Town Res 2

LAST season's Division 1 champions Cleeve WT were no match for the much improved East Worle side.

The hosts had all the early play and created lots of chances with Paul Marquis and Nial Dunkley pulling the visitors' backline all over the pitch, Steve Owen and Clive Griffith were a constant threat on the wings and Joe Abdulgani and Dan Pratlett on top of the midfield battle.

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Cleeve shocked East Worle when player-manager Simon Tarr beat his marker to head home from five yards with Cleeve's first attack after 20 minutes.

The hosts were level within two minutes when Dunkley and Marquis combined before Marquis beat three players and scoring from 20 yards.

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Pratlett then gave the Hosts a deserved lead with a blistering shot from a Griffith Corner.

East Worle could not hold on to their lead with Cleeve striker Arron Bray racing through and beating keeper Matt Hill for a 2-2 scoreline at the break.

The second half was much the same story with the Cleeve defence being the busier.

The winner came from a Dan Pratlett free kick which saw debutant Paul Marquis rising high to head home from 15 yards.

East Worle defence of Ash White, Ben Wilson, Adam Hughes and Somerset Council were solid in the second half to ensure they took all three points.

A superb all-round team effort saw Joe Abdulgani come away with Players Bar man of the match award.

Bournville Rovers 0

Kewstoke 5

ALTHOUGH Kewstoke deserved to win this Division 1 opening game of the season,

the scoreline flatters them which was mainly due to some outstanding saves by their keeper.

After a traumatic summer with many players leaving the club, Rovers are now looking for a manager for the first team. Anyone interested should phone Trampas on 07542 129864.

South Park Rangers 0

East Worle Res 4

SOUTH Park started their Division 4 campaign with a terrible result, but the score line does not reflect their performance.

Axbridge Town 5

Nailsea United B 2

NEWLY-promoted Axbridge Town welcomed Nailsea United B to the Furlong

Fields for their first-ever Division 3 fixture hoping to win three points for manager Leon Parsons whose playing career is over due to a knee problem. The Clarets had seven new players in their squad with five starting, which gave a good balance of youth and experience.

The game started badly for Town and they found themselves 1-0 down, but Town equalised through Simon Avery, after great work by Ollie Jones and Phil Bugler.

Town dominated the rest of the first half, but United went 2 -1 up as a hopeful long ball found its way through to the striker who finished well past debutant keeper Leigh Rodgers. Just before the interval, Town made it 2-2, when great build-up play between new players Aaron Honeywell and Percy Foord down the left allowed the Parsons man of the match Honeywell to score from a tight angle.

In the second half, all the players stepped up to the challenge and a quick Phil Bugler hat-trick in the space of 15 minutes won the Clarets all the points. The first goal came from great play by Marcus Homes leaving Bugler one on one with the keeper, then Avery returned the favour as he slotted Bugler through to score his second and the third came from a Honeywell cross which found Bugler unmarked to head home.

Ian Wait, Bugler and Foord had efforts saved well by the Nailsea keeper. Town saw out the last remaining 20 minutes with the defence of Alan Masland, Sammy Lawes, debutant Craig Fear and Honeywell controlling the game well, not allowing Nailsea a sniff at goal. This allowed Town to bring on all substitutes, giving Matt Fear his Town debut coming on for Homes with 20 to go, George Fake for G Fear and welcoming back Alex Gilmour to replace Honeywell. The Clarets are away to local rivals Winscombe on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.

Weston St Johns Res 1

Weston United 3

AFTER a turbulent pre-season everything clicked in to place for United in the Division 3 opener at Coleridge Road and all signs are bright for the season.

Despite missing manager Puddy and three first team regulars to Paul Dolbear's wedding, United recorded an impressive victory and stand-in gaffer Shaun Potter walks away with a 100 per cent managerial record.

Liam Underhill proved his worth with a classy finish to open the scoring before the home side drew level when Andy Hayes gave away a free-kick on the edge of his area and former Weston starlet Willy Jefferies scored.

Kris May regained the Lead for the Division 4 champions when he nipped in past Jamie Wilson and beat Sean Beaton from 18 yards.

Sixteen-year-old Troy Hayes turned in an eye-catching performance and gave the scoreline a more realistic look when he lobbed the onrushing Beaton 10 minutes from time.

Nathan Hawkins, Andy Lockyear, Liam Underhill and Andy Hayes were immense but were edged out of the man of the match accolade by Troy Hayes.

United are without a game on Saturday as Worle A have pulled out of the league.

South Park Rangers 0

East Worle 4

THE resolve of this East Worle side in Division 4 was tested by the non-appearance of two players originally in the starting line up.

With regular keeper Callum Murray playing in midfield and just 11 players to choose from, East played extremely well with the wind at their backs in the first half.

With Andy Green in the midfield leading the way, passes were strung together stretching South Park. Pete Allen switched play and pushed forward, one pass then found the overlapping Allen on the bye-line. His cross found Andy Green at the far post who bundled the ball home.

The second half saw the late arrival of Jono Collins for Murray. East were a constant threat on the break and South surrendered a penalty midway

through the half for a foul on Green. Smith's placed shot went straight down the middle and was saved by Headford.

Headford was injured collecting a cross and had to go off, but despite this South kept pressing, forcing East to defend several set pieces. Then came the Collins late show, three times in 10 minutes he finished great work by Cornish, Smith, Hall and Beardsall. Close call but Players Sports Bar man of the match is Andy Green. Saturday, September 12, East Worle are home to Westend.

Dolphin Athletic 3

Axbridge Town Res 0

DOLPHIN went into this Division 6 fixture looking to win their first opening day game in five years since the club was formed in 2004.

Both sides started slowly in the strong winds and there was stalemate for the opening 20 minutes. Dolphin looked the more likely to score with good wing play through Pearson and Wright, but could not find a way past the Axbridge keeper.

The home side got the opening goal in the 30th minute when an Axbridge clearance was blocked by their own player, the ball falling to Reynolds who slotted past the keeper. Dolphin doubled their lead when new boy Morris lobbed the keeper who had come off his line.

The second half saw the home side put together some good passing but struggled to find the finishing touch. Dolphin should have had made it three when a clearance by the keeper fell for Reynolds who could not find the end product.

Axbridge thought they found a way back into game when a ball over the top caught out the Dolphin defence, but they were stopped by keeper Hockey who came out of his area.

Dolphin made it three when a corner was not cleared and Boucher drilled home to wrap up all three points. The Bristol Hotel man of the match went to the team for an all-round good performance.

Worle Rangers 3

Weston Super Seagulls 4

WORLE were unfortunate to lose an exciting seven-goal encounter in this Division 6 match.

The Seagulls got off to the best possible start capitalising on a defensive error and taking the lead in the first two minutes. Rangers responded in superb style by equalising direct from the restart as Tom Williams seized on Dave Knights's through ball and scored.

Worle took control for the next 20 minutes as Williams scored again, this time beating the off-side trap and converting a fine chance. Jake Hannam then headed home from a pin-point Marc Trewern centre as Worle took a 3-1 lead.

The Seagulls were allowed back into the match from the penalty spot following a rash challenge and then equalised with a fine strike from the edge of the box.

Neither side really dominated in the second half and it took a fine cross and header from the Seagulls to take the lead. Despite Williams hitting the post and Alex Collins firing wide, Worle were not able to force an equaliser, the Seagulls taking the points.

Rangers man of the match went to Jamie Ingersent for a hard working display in midfield.


Division 1: Churchill Club 70 Res 0, KVFC 10; East Worle 3, Cleeve West Town Res 2; Hutton 1, Weston St John's Sports Bar 0; Nailsea Town Res 2, Portishead Town A 1.

Division 2: Draycott 4, Clarence Park 0; Portishead WMC 1, Locking Park 1; Selkirk United 2, St George (EiG) Res 0; Winscombe Res 1, Clevedon United A 2; Yatton Athletic Res 4, Westland United Res 4.

Division 3: Axbridge Town 5, Nailsea United B 2; Burnham United A 2, Winscombe A 3; Congresbury Res 3, Wrington Redhill Res 0; Wedmore 2, Kewstoke Lions Res 1; Weston St John's Res 1, Weston United 3.

Division 4: Banwell Res 2, Nailsea United Colts 3; Berrow Res 5, King Alfred Sports Centre 3; Clevedon Dons 4, Cheddar A 1; Clevedon United B 2, Blagdon 5; South Park Rangers 0, East Worle Res 4.

Division 5: Kewstoke Lions A 0, Draycott Res 7; KVFC Res 1, Dynamo Dury 3; St George (EiG) A 2, AFC Nailsea 2; Tickenham United 5, Weston St John's Sports Bar Res 2.

Division 6: Dolphin Athletic 3, Axbridge Town Res 0; Sporting Weston 5, AFC Nailsea Res 0; Weston Players 1, Selkirk United Res 2; Worle Rangers 3, Weston Super Seagulls 4.

Fixtures for Saturday

Division 1 (3pm): Bournville Rovers v Churchill Club 70 Res (C Ham); KVFC v East Worle (A Murphy); Nailsea United A v Kewstoke Lions (I Madge); Portisihead Town A v Hutton (A Locker); Weston St John's Sports Bar v Nailsea Town Res (K Summers).

Division 2 (3pm): Clarence Park v Clevedon United A (Jo Stimpson); Draycott v St George (EiG) Res (D Phillips); Locking Park v Worle Res (N Brown); Portishead Workmans Club v Selkirk United (LGilllam); Westland United Res v Winscombe Res (M Sprague); Yatton Athletic Res v Portishead Town B (J Billinghurst).

Division 3 (3pm): Cleeve West Town A v Burnham United A (T Billinghurst); Nailsea United B v Kewstoke Lions Res (A Penwell); Wedmore v Congresbury Res (T Major); Winscombe A v Axbridge Town (N Aston); Wrington Redhill Res v Weston St John's Res (C Scriven).

Division 4 (3pm): Banwell Res v King Alfred Sports Centre (M Taylor); Berrow Res v Nailsea United Colts (P Reynolds); Cheddar A v South Park Rangers (D Roberts); Clevedon United B v Clevedon Dons (J Geer); East Worle Res v Westend (A Jay); Hutton Res v Blagdon (to be arranged).

Division 5 (3pm): Dynamo Dury v Kewstoke Lions A (P Fisher); KVFC Res v St George (EiG) A (S Harris); Portishead Town Colts v Tickenham United (J Cox); Sparta Kewstoke v Draycott Res (N Rawlings); Weston St John's Sports Bar Res v AFC Nailsea (J Jarad).

Division 6 (3pm): Axbridge Town Res v Weston Players (P Roberts); Dolphin Athletic v Dynamo Dury Res (W Dancer); Selkirk United Res v Sporting Weston (K Fox); St George (EiG) B v Worle Rangers (J Skinner); Weston Super Seagulls v AFC Nailsea Res (S Davies); Yatton Athletic A v Wedmore Res (N Wakley).

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