Good victory for Weston Town

JUNIOR SOCCER - WESTON Town Under-11s travelled to Portishead United for their third league match, winning 3-1.

JUNIORSOCCER - WESTON Town Under-11s travelled to Portishead United for their third league match, winning 3-1.

The first half was unsettled with both sides having several opportunities to take the lead, but some steady defending from Ashton Millett, Rory Payton, Will Grove and Jordan Briar kept it goalless at the break.

The second half started in much the same way until Weston were awarded a penalty for a hand ball, which Owen Griffiths converted, then a few minutes later Jack Griggs capitalised on some good build-up play from Joe Rout, Jake Eggington and Lewis Chappell to score Weston's second.

With growing confidence, Weston were able to keep some pressure on a hard working Portishead side and were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal. Oscar Portlock stepped forward and placed it into the top corner giving Weston a three-goal lead.

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Undeterred, Portishead continued to play good football and were able to score a well deserved goal. The Worle Century Club man of the match was awarded to Oscar Portlock.

KEWSTOKE Juniors Under-16s won 8-0 against Portishead Juniors with Troy Hannam in virtually unplayable form.

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Hannam headed the opener after James Harvey dinked a left-footed cross perfectly to the near-post. Hannam then turned provider for Toby Yeates to tap-in the second at the far-post.

After half-time, Kewstoke's bare 11 not only produced their best passing of the season but also scored with six of their 11 second-half shots-on-target. Yeates slipped the ball through for Hannam's second, before Hannam laid on one for Alex White. Hinton set up Hannam's hat-trick, then Garth Flynn's drop-kick sailed over Portishead's back-line for White to score again.

Finally, the seventh and eighth were scored by Hannam and created by Joe Newbury; the last being a cross that Hannam stylishly headed home in a performance worthy of a county call-up. Needless to say, Troy Hannam was the manager's man of the match. Joe Newbury won the players' award.

KEWSTOKE Athletic Under-14s started their league campaign with a fine win against a good Clevedon side.

Clevedon looked lively from the start and put early pressure on the Kewstoke defence, but Ross Holder and Alex Siossios dealt with the pressing forwards well and managed to find Cameron Jones on the right who produced one of his trademark darting runs, creating a great counter attack that resulting in an inch perfect cross to Kearnsie who scored the first of the afternoon.

The early lead gave Kewstoke confidence with Luke Williams and Josh Badham winning possession in the midfield. The threat from Jones was all too present throughout the first half and his pace down the wing caused no end of problems for the visiting defence. His efforts were well rewarded half-way through the first half with an excellent strike from just inside the box to double the lead.

However, experienced teams like Clevedon know how to bounce back and they pressured Kewstoke for the last 10 minutes on the half, with Ollie Grant and Ed Newstead having to work hard to stop the threat down the wings. Keeper Rob Mitchell was called into action on a number of occasions and his excellent performance kept the two-goal lead going into half time.

After the restart Clevedon started strongly and within 10 minutes had scored twice to bring the scores equal. With Siossios off injured, the Kewstoke defence looked shaky and substitute Pat Brock had to work hard to contain the threat. Jones was being closely marked and Kewstoke had to push the ball more central to create a threat on goal.

But with good through balls from Kearnsie and Jak Cochrane, making only his second appearance for the team, captain Williams and Harry Harris went close, the best chance falling to Williams who made a great run only to be fouled on the edge of the box. Kewstoke were now playing with more confidence, Mitchell, now playing in midfield, was only denied by the crossbar and Kearnsie's goalbound effort denied by what looked like a defender's arm.

With 10 minutes remaining, coach Leon Wilce made a good tactical swap of bringing Jones more central. The result was immediate. Making a crossfield run, he picked up the ball from a delightful pass from Cochrane and found space on the left to attack and delivered another quality cross that Harris slid in to meet and net the winner. However Clevedon almost came back in the last minute when they broke into the box. An absolutely critical tackle by Holder saved the win. In the dying seconds Kewstoke could have added one more when Mitchell forced an excellent stop from the Clevedon keeper.

Howards Group man of the match went to Rob Mitchell.

The Under-16s battled their way to a 6-2 victory against an imposing Burnbridge Wanderers team.

Kewstoke started off on the back foot and Burnbridge mounted a series of attacks and were especially threatening from set plays, using the height of some of their players to advantage. However much against the run of play Kewstoke scored through Jake Sheldon in their first attack and added a second on the break Jake Sheldon again.

Burnbridge battled back and Kewstoke conceded a cheap penalty which keeper Chris Ritchie saved superbly only for the Burnbridge striker to react quicker than the Kewstoke defenders to slot in the rebound. Jordan Elliot than scored a third for Kewstoke, however they conceded a free kick on the left from which Burnbridge scored.

Sean Thomas came on up front for Josh Nowlan, switching David Mayer to the left flank to try to utilise his pace. Kewstoke had been sloppy in the first half and the team talk at half time brought a change of attitude.

In the second half Sajid Ahmed came on for Jordon Elliot who had had a strong game. Kewstoke dominated the second half, Sean Thomas making a big impact and rewarded with three well taken goals David Mayer had an excellent second half and with TaxAssist Accountants man of the match Ashley Baldwin working tirelessly in midfield aided by Chris Jones and TaxAssist Accountants players' player Rhys Gregory, Kewstoke closed out the game.

Mat Davidson, Dario Flood and James Matyear were strong at the back. Tom Woodey and Mitchell Tyley made strong contributions when they came on as substitutes and a word also for James Pink for his determination when he came on.

Kewstoke needed this strong second-half performance, giving them confidence for the tough second round County Cup match at home on Sunday, 2.30pm kick off against Minehead Youth.

The Under-11s built on last week's cup result with a convincing league win. It took them some time to score the important first goal by Jack Green and he also provided the opener in the second half with a beautiful chip over the keeper. Kewstoke were taking full advantage of the width of the pitch which resulted in Kyle Hogg scoring from a delightful cross from the wing.

Axbridge's keeper made some good saves but was unable to stop the rebounded shot by Ryan Aneley. Curtis Townley then produced a wonderful chipped goal from outside the box to make it five

Kyle capitalised on Kewstoke's diversity by producing the only headed goal of the game which followed a Curtis conversion. Kyle completed his hat-trick with a volley. Kewstoke's defence were never too stretched but maintained their cool to keep a clean sheet. Man of the match was Curtis Townley.

HUTTON Juniors Under-11s played their first home game of the season against Cheddar Valley Jets and won 8-0.

Hutton started the brighter and forced Cheddar back, and opened the scoring when they won a corner, from which Sam Smith scored from Fraser Ham's kick and Ham quickly added two more. Marios Michael and Rhys Davies on the wings were making some telling runs for strikers Smith and Liam Campkin.

The midlfield three of Bradley Thomas, Billy Miller and Ham were working well, while at the back Kyle Sampson, Joe Taylor and Lewis Maclean stood firm and keeper Lewis Oakes had a few good saves to make. Just before the break Smith scored his second.

Charlie Walford and Eli Butt came on and played well and a good cross from Thomas found Butt in space and he scored. More goals followed from Thomas, a turn of pace from Walford and a good shot, and Sampson moved upfront and he finished off the scoring.

A credit goes to Cheddar who never gave up and their keeper made some fine saves to keep the score down. The Grand Pier man of the match was shared between Billy Miller and Kyle Sampson.

The Under-12s won 7-5 in the Division 1 game with Portishead. Hutton started poorly and allowed Portishead to run through the the team without a challenge and scoring in the first 20 seconds.

This seemed to spur Hutton into life and quickly replied with two goals from Charlie Harris. Midfielders James Difford, Dan Cox, Charlie Harris and Zak Westwood started to control the play and gave strikers Josh Pratt and Matthew Jones plenty to chase and pressurise the Portishead defence.

Hutton's persistence paid off when a half cleared ball out of defence found Dan Cox on the edge of the box who netted to make it 3-1. In defence, Seb Longhorn made several good interceptions while Alex Kilpatrick and Stefan Thomson worked hard to protect goalkeeper Oliver Edwards. At left back, George Thorne always covered well and supported the attack with neat crosses into the box.

Hutton added a fourth when Matty Jones finished off a good move to make it 4-1.

With play switching from end to end, the crowd were enjoying plenty of goals as Portishead reduced the deficit with Hutton's defence not communicating with each other and allowing two sloppy gifts, one an own goal to go in at half time 4-3.

The second half saw Hutton introduce Bradley Cousins for Josh to add a bit of physical presence up front and it wasn't long before Hutton made it 5 with another good delivery from Charlie's corner being put into his own goal from a defender. Soon after a great strike from James Difford from outside the box gave the keeper no chance to make it 6-3. Goalkeeper Oliver suffered an injury to his knee and had to be replaced with Bradley taking the gloves.

Manager's Nige & Sam had their hearts in their mouths once more when again after a good save from Bradley, the ball was bundled into the net. Hutton replied swiftly when Zak done well to hook a ball into the box which evaded everyone except the alert Matty Jones who notched a brace to make it 7-4. Portishead then finished the scoring to make it 7-5.

The AGM Services man of the match went to James Difford and Matthew Jones.

The Under 14s started in determined fashion against Portishead United, but were denied by the heroics of the visiting keeper who kept out shots from Lovell, Britton and Matthews before being beaten by Thompson's drive from the edge of the penalty area.

Huggins, Liddiard and Chapman linked well in midfield despite not being in top form and keeper Woods was rarely troubled. Hutton's injury jinx continued with Clatworthy being forced to leave and being replaced by Tinklin, but this did not disrupt the flow of play.

The second half was a different story as Hutton started slowly, allowing Portishead back into the game and the inevitable equaliser came midway through the half. The introduction of Bickell could not inspire Hutton back to the first half performance and with the visitors sensing victory Hutton were indebted to Selwyn and Michael who put in superb defensive displays to keep the scores level at the final whistle.

RMC Security man of the match was awarded to Michael for his all-round performance.

MILTON Nomads Under-9s B squad travelled to Burnbridge Wanderers to face their B team in the first round of the Knockout Cup.

From the whistle Nomads played with confidence and displayed some excellent football, led by captain Harry Beer, who had an outstanding game.

In a thrilling first five minutes of play, Harry and Phoebe Payton worked well together attacking Burnbridge's defence, eventually giving Phoebe a shot for goal, which was superbly saved by the Burnbridge keeper. This was followed by another attempt on goal from Ben Insley which just went wide but a matter of seconds later he scored, putting Nomads in front.

Burnbridge came back with some excellent one-touch moves and play forcing Nomad's keeper Chris Beddingfield to make a couple of brave saves and keep the lead for his team.

Nomads came to life attacking down the wing and setting up Jack Rickwood's superb power shot for the second and this was followed a really neat and controlled goal from Alex Smithers making the score 3-0 by half time.

In the second half Burnbridge came back out with determination, however Nomads continued to dominate and Connor McDowell added the fourth. Towards the end, Burnbridge scored a consolation for a final score of 4-1.

The ABL man of the match was awarded to Connor McDowell.

The Under-10s made a slow start and were soon a goal down. This seemed to wake them up and Lucas Vowles scored two quick goals. Backwell rallied and scored two goals.

Nomads attacking play was fantastic, Lorenzo Santoro and Harry Smith scored one each and Lucas Vowles completed his hat-trick. Liam Smith, Joe Honey, Cam Robinson and Jordan Robinson were excellent at the back, Casper Harriot was outstanding and capped off his man of the match performance with two late goals to make the final score 7-3 to Milton Nomads.

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WESTON Crusaders Under-14s went down 3-1 away to Nailsea United in an incident packed game, that was both physical and played at an incredible pace. Crusaders created some early chances with the midfield of Mike Hosey, Cyrus Molton and Mike Dancer along with Joe Godfrey setting up opportunities for strikers James Lawrence and Aaron Thomas. The defence of Tom Light, Callum Climo, Jack Bridgman and Billy Morrissey were as solid as ever, having to deal with a skilful and physical Nailsea attack.

The home side took the lead midway through the half, extending it as half time approached although Crusaders could count themselves unlucky to be 2-0 down as they were competing well and playing some good football. However, Ben Lampon had to make a fine save to prevent Nailsea from going further ahead.

The second half saw the introduction of Ryan Elkins, Kieren White, Jamie Wedmore, Callum Wilson and Luke Loveridge and all played their part. Crusaders were dealt a cruel blow when Jack Bridgman was tripped from behind and play was allowed to continue leaving the home striker clear for the third goal.

Crusaders began to exert more pressure on the home goal and Kieren White seized on a loose ball and finished well. Despite continual attack, they were denied further by the home keeper, the crossbar and an unsuccessful appeal for a penalty. Formula 1st man of the match award went to Callum Climo for a colossal defensive performance.

The Under-10s A team played a well organised Clevedon United in the first round of the cup. The first half saw both teams play well but neither side managed to break the deadlock until the opening minutes of the second half when Weston Crusaders' Piers Rac's corner found its way to the back of the net. Matt Morteo made it 2-0, Bailey Ellis-Smith sneaked through to the back post making it three and another goal from Matt Morteo finished off the scoring at 4-0.

Crandon Construction man of the match went to Jordon Bonner

The Under-11s beat Long Ashton 4-0 away, despite missing several opportunities to score.

Alex Francis and Lewis Harper twice had efforts parried before Ben Eades set up Toby Herbert who missed the target. The pace of Nathaniel Groom escaped the home defence, but he also missed.

The deadlock was broken when, from a corner, Harper and Luke Fowler set up Herbert who scored. On the stroke of half time, Herbert set up Groom to add the second.

In the second half, Crusaders continued to dominate and Groom twice had efforts ruled out for offside and Fowler and Herbert were off target before Lewis Davidson sent Groom clear to cross for Fowler who added the third.

A Harper cross found Eades who was denied by the keeper, but substitute Jordan Humphris was on hand to complete the scoring. Again, the Crusaders defence of keeper George Andrews, Davidson, Will Corderoy, David Warden, Oliver Coombes and George Howard were totally focussed as they claimed another clean sheet.

Man of the match was awarded to Alex Francis.

PRIORY Vikings Under-13s reached the second round of the League Knockout Cup for the first time with an excellent team performance against Isle of Wedmore.

The back four of Adam E, James A, Laurie N and Rhys R performed well, giving confidence to the midfield and striker to push forward. As always Jamie J battled well and fell awkwardly after a brave challenge and came off for a rest. Matt H was dependable in midfield often making good tackles and winning possession.

Although the first half keeper Josh S did not have much to do, he was decisive and commanded the box well.

Early on, Matt H's attempt was judged off-side, great link up play between Matt D, Dave M and Tom P had a goal disallowed for off-side and Matt D and Tom P fired wide.

After eight minutes, Dan H opening the scoring with an assist from Matt H. Tom E came on as substitute after 16 minutes and made an impact with a shot just wide.

Vikings kept up pressure and they scored four more from Tom P (2), Dave M and James A. Dave's goal was a piece of individual skill, beating four defenders with some intricate footwork.

Straight from the start of the second half Dan H scoring the sixth goal, but shortly afterwards Wedmore added a second, lobbing keeper Dan Forde. However, Vikings raised their game scoring three more. Tom P and Dan H both got their hat-tricks and Matt D finished the match with a great pass and move with Dan H and Matt D scoring. Wells Cathedral Stonemasons man of the match went to Dave M and the Wells Cathedral Stonemasons most improved awarded to Dan H.

A big thank you to Ryan Brunt of Wells Cathedral Stonemasons who has sponsored new kit for this season.

PRIORY Rangers Under-9s A beat Burnham B 4-1 at home in the cup first round. Priory started attacking from the kick off with Ollie Wilcox and Lewis Milkins coming close to scoring. From a corner Josh Edwards opened the scoring from just outside the box.

Burnham equalised on the break, but Cai Williams scored the second from a Bradley Lucas pass. With Priory playing some great football, Lewis crossed for Ollie to score the third.

The second half started with Burnham conceding a penalty but a great save from the keeper denied Nathan Langdon. With Priory passing the ball about, Bradley Lucas and Lewis shot just wide from a cross from Taye George. The fourth came from a corner from Ollie with Cai getting his second. Man of the match was Bradley Lucas for his great performance in midfield.

Priory Rangers UInder-9s B played at Wedmore in the cup and in a fiercely contested battle were unlucky to lose to a single early goal.

Priory started slowly and despite some good defensive work by Matthew Frost and James Hodkinson conceded a goal after only three minutes. However that seemed to spur them on and Craig Caldwell, Shane Bohin, Will Durston and Ronnie Allen worked hard to get back in the game.

Some excellent work by Dean Chrisostomou in midfield almost earned Priory a deserved equaliser and a long shot by Matthew Frost was tipped on to the crossbar by the Wedmore keeper. Joe Statham kept Priory in the game with a string of superb saves and earned the man of the match.

PRIORY Pumas Under-10s beat Kewstoke B 3-2 in the cup after extra time.

They opened the scoring after some great defence work by Finn Finch, Lewis took a great first touch and crossed for Lauryn Nigh to net. Marshal Hale went close, but Kewstoke started putting on pressure which finally paid off and they equalised.

In the second half after some excellent football from Joe Kelly and Lauryn, the ball was put through to Marshal who put Pumas 2-1 up, but in the last minute Kewstoke again equalised.

In extra time, Marshal grabbed the winner. Player of the match was awarded to

Miss Lauryn Nigh.

The Under-11s beat Worle Juniors 2-1 in the top of the table derby with a great second-half performance.

Pumas made the worst possible start by conceding an awful goal after just 45 seconds and they went on to produce their worst display of the season so far.

The second half was a massive improvement. A minute after the restart Jacob Matthews scored his first goal for Pumas following some lovely build-up play and they continued to play well although goalkeeper Tom Brannigan had to be at his best to keep out a couple of Worle efforts.

Defenders Lewis Bryant, Paddy Holyday and Toby Allen did well, in the midfield, Tom Sully played the holding role allowing Jack Owens and Jacob to dictate play and up front debutant Mason Holborn had the Worle defence in a panic every time he had the ball.

The breakthrough came on 46 minutes with Mason scoring a superb debut goal. In the final four minutes Pumas nearly scored again when four or five players desperately tried to hit the ball home following a goalmouth scramble, but somehow Worle kept them out.

The man of the match award was a close run race, with Jacob Matthews, Alex Coghlan, Paddy Holyday and Lewis Bryant all getting votes, but the winner was Mason Holborn.

PRIORY Rangers drew 1-1 in Division 2 of the Woodspring League Under-12s.

This was Priory's third draw in four games, after not drawing a single game last season.

Early on, a long distance effort from Bradley Hassalls tested the visiting keeper and Yatton pressed with successive corners. The first goal arrived in the eighth minute when George Lewis crossed and as Kai Hopkin burst into the box he was tripped, but he scored from the penalty spot.

Six minutes later Yatton were level after a swift counter attack and a powerful finish. The game became something of a stalemate, Max Whittaker and Jordan Hodgkinson were snapping into tackles and the back four of Jacob Piggot, Cam Frost, James Kerr and Josh Skuse were outstanding.Half time 1-1.

Hopkin almost made it 2-1 on 37 minutes but his shot was well saved and at the other end Josh Skuse made the tackle of the season. Harry Askins produced a timely challenge on 44 minutes as the visiting striker was about to pull the trigger and with three minutes to go, keeper Jake Smith pulled off a brilliant save. Man of the match was Jacob Piggot.

ST JOHN'S Under-14s played host to Milton Nomads and the match was an exciting spectacle, under the superb refereeing of Tommy Major.

Both teams started brightly with Milton having the upper hand in the first 20 minutes, with two fine goals. Saints could easily have lost control but with some determined defending and great midfield action they kept pressing with Ben Price coming close several times.

Midfielder Kieran Rigney made a notable contribution to defence two first-half goals from Jordan Andrews evened the score-line.

After the break Saints became more dominant and a push forward supported by Tom Forte, who scored a fine goal. Milton continued to press and caught the defence a few times and managed one goal bringing the scores even again. Central defenders Ben Thompson and Lewis Morgan were kept busy and did well to stifle some determined attacks.

Strong play on the right with Kieran Rigney and Jordan Andrews brought rewards with a cross allowing Regan Bawden to score, followed by several jinking runs by Jordan Andrews bringing his hat-trick.

The game was finalised with another attack allowing Travis Vierk to get on the score sheet and ending a well played match at 6-3.

Forte man of match was awarded to Ben Thompson and Jordan Andrews.

BANWELL Under-10s A faced Priory Rangers B in the first round of the cup hoping to go one better than last year where they lost in the final.

Banwell started well passing the ball around, their breakthrough came following a long-range shot from Billy Berry that went straight in. This was followed by a stunning shot from Connor Burns which was parried by the keeper but converted by Luke Edwards, Charlie Camper put in a great cross to set up Sam White for his first of the game and Camper scored to give Banwell a 4-0 lead.

Priory never gave up and only two great saves from keeper Jack Partridge denied them from scoring. Sam White created a great goal with his pass to release Charlie Camper for his second before Billy Berry set Camper up to complete his hat-trick before being moved into defence. James Hart made a great run beating three players before a long-range shot hit a post.

Ryan Hastewell had a great game in attack and came close to scoring with two great headers that just went over the bar.

Billy Berry beat three players down the wing before a looping cross was volleyed home by Sam White and Billy Berry rounded up the scoring to complete a 9-0 win for Banwell.

The Cube @ Morse's man of the match went to Billy Berry and Connor Burns for fantastic performances

The B team lost 3-0 to Axbridge Saxons in the first round of the cup and made life hard for themselves by giving away an early penalty which Axbridge converted. Axbridge were awarded a free kick in the second half that hit the crossbar before being converted from the rebound and they got a breakaway goal in the second half to complete the win

The Cube @ Morse's man of the match went to Thomas Galliers who defended well.

The Under-13s progressed to the next round of the cup with a 10-1 win at Burnham. The first goal came when Lewis Cahill's pass was controlled first time by Rhys Spurling who scored. Two minutes later Rhys added a second after captain Joe Brett set him up, Matt Wreham made a storming run to make it 3-0 and Jsh Ky scored from a corner while Jack Butterfield made it 5-1 at half time.

In the second half forwards Jack Butterfield and Rhys Spurling went on to complete hat-tricks with some great interplay. The defence of Mitchell Collins, Sam Bond, Joe Lawrence and Kallum Gavin put in another solid display, while keeper Jordan Sotiris looked great in his new purple kit.

Keiran Bellingham had a good game in midfield and Josh Kay scored his second goal. It was left to Joe Brett to score the goal of the match from 25 yards. Persimmons man of the match was Rhys Spurling.

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