Positive start from Nomads

JUNIOR SOCCER - MILTON Nomads Under-9s A squad made a really lively and positive start to their away match against Priory Rangers A.

MILTON Nomads Under-9s A squad made a really lively and positive start to their away match against Priory Rangers A.

Within the the first couple of minutes Matthew Ogborne worked his way through Priory's defence and his shot was finished by Matthew Hayden. William Fuller continued to battle against the strong defence, making a couple of great runs before Brandon Smith increased the lead from a free kick.

Priory Rangers stayed positive a displayed some excellent attacking play, however Nomads defenders George Fulcher and Harry Little were solid. The home team continued to pile on pressure and were awarded a free kick which Nomads keeper Charlie Woodards tipped over the bar and then made a couple of good saves.

Another free kick was given to Priory in a dangerous position, but Louis Merreywether blocked it, before launching an excellent counter-attack resulting in a near miss for Nomads.


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In the second half, Brandon, Matt H and Matt O made several good attempts on goal for Nomads but Priory defended well, but Nomads A secured their first win in the league. The ABL man of the match was awarded to George Fulcher.

The B team started their game against Priory B with excellent squad shape and some positive attacking play from Harry Beer and Jack Rickwood, while defender Charles Constable made some crucial clearances in a scoreless first half.

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Early in the second half, Priory Rangers took the lead and despite good work by Hannah Capes, scored two more for a 3-0 win. ABL man of the match was Jack Rickwood.

Milton Nomads manager Mel was most impressed with the attitude and positive player encouragement displayed by the referee,Joe Newbury throughout both games.

KEWSTOKE Juniors Under-11s beat Hutton Juniors 3-2 in a strongly contested game with end-to-end play and both teams showing grit and determination.

Kewstoke opened the scoring when Curtis Townley's cross was put away by Ryan Anelay. Declan Fisher and Jack English battled well, making it hard for Hutton to penetrate, but they equalised with a shot over keeper Lewis Tremlett.

Curtis put Kewstoke ahead with a shot from outside the box for a half-time score of 2-1

At the beginning of the second half Hutton equalised. Defenders James Bromley, Nicole Flourentzou, Ed Deane and Kieran Chapman worked hard providing strong support for front runners Jack Green and Lucas Elliman.

Jack Wood and Kallum Manning stood ground as Kewstoke clinched the game when a Kieran Hodge's free kick was cleared by the Hutton keeper, falling to Kyle Hogg who scored with only minutes to spare. Man of the match was awarded to James Bromley.

The Under-16s won 7-2 away to St George with keeper Joe Newbury playing outfield for the second-half, scoring two, setting-up three and hitting the crossbar.

Jake Book opened Kewstoke's account by tucking away Jake Sheldon's cross, before a Jake Fisher lob provided the quality moment of the first-half. Joe had an instant impact on the second half by converting Sheldon's second assist. Joe's simple passing was his most effective attribute, with Fisher benefiting for the next two, one being a great snap-shot from distance, that sealed his hat-trick and Harry Lewis scored the sixth. Joe Newbury finished the seventh from Sheldon's corner and was unsurprisingly the manager's man of the match. He elected Jake Sheldon for the players' award.

KEWSTOKE Athletic Under-16s lost 4-3 to Berrow. Playing with the wind against them first half, Kewstoke were bombarded with balls over the top, and they conceded the first goal.

Kewstoke came back strongly and strikers David Mayer and Sean Thomas were constantly played through the Berrow defence, but could not convert the chances into goals. Berrow were always dangerous and scored a second from a 40-yard free kick while Kewstoke keeper Chris Ritchie made important saves. Berrow scored again when Kewstoke failed to clear their lines.

In the second half with the wind in their favour, Kewstoke's midfield players lost possession carelessly and Berrow put their fourth away.

Kewstoke started to really pressure and won a penalty, but Tom Deane missed. They continued to press with Sean Thomas pulling one goal back and TaxAssist Accountants man of the match Rhys Gregory pulled back a second, beating the Berrow keeper in a one-on-one. He then scored a second with a speculative long-range shot.

Despite the pressure Kewstoke could not press their advantage home, missing too many chances and showing a lack of discipline at times. The Kewstoke defence of first half Rhys Gregory, Matthew Davidson, James Matyear and Dario Flood, played well individually and second half substitutes James Pink and TaxAssist Accountants players' player of the match Mitchell Tyley defended well.

In midfield Chris Jones Tom Woodey and Ashley Baldwin worked hard as did Josh Nowlan and Sajid Ahmed. Tom Deane showed some nice touches.

PRIORY Rangers Under-9s A lost 2-0 to Milton Nomads A at home. Priory started nervously, conceding an early goal after some poor clearances in the box and Nomads second came from a free kick just outside the box.

Priory started to play with a Bradley Lucas shot just going wide. An Ollie Wilcox free kick needed a good save from the Nomads keeper, but with Nomads dangerous on the break, Nathan Langdon and Josh Edwards in defence had good games.

The second half started with Cai Williams passing to Lewis Milkins who shot just wide and Taye George put through by Bradley hit the side netting. Man of the match keeper Ayden Chenoweth kept the visitors down to two goals with some great saves.

The B team beat Milton nomads B 3-0. Both teams started brightly with Dean Chrisostomou and Will Durston playing well in midfield. A great tackle from Matthew Frost and clearance from James Hodkinson put Ronnie Allen through to win a corner which Dean took only for the Nomads keeper to slice his clearance into his own net. The second came from a throw-in which Dean headed goalwards that found its way in. A good clearance from keeper Joe Statham put Ronnie through to grab the third with a low shot. Man of the match went to Will Durston for a great all-round performance.

WESTON Town Under-11s continued their good form with a 6-2 victory over Priory Rangers.

Weston were handed the initiative early on when a Priory player handled in the area, but unfortunately Owen Griffiths pulled the spot kick wide. This lifted Priory and almost straight after they took the lead when Weston failed to clear.

This was the wake-up call Weston needed as they took control. After several near misses, Oscar Portlock got the scores level before James Fewings put Weston ahead and after being a threat throughout, Owen Griffiths got a deserved goal for a 3-1 half-time lead.

The second half saw Weston dominate for long spells with the defence of Joe Rout, Ashton Millet, Jordan Briar and Rory Payton holding firm and the midfield pairing of Oscar Portlock and Jake Eggington working well. Taylor Cook caused no end of problems down the left and Jack Griggs and Ben Griffiths worked hard on the right, but Worle Century Club man of the match James Fewings did the damage with a mixture of superb finishing from distance and close range to score four.

With the points secured a looping Priory cross deceived keeper Connor Harris giving Priory a second but it was too little too late.

WESTON Crusaders Under-14s went through to the third round of the Knockout Cup with a convincing 9-1 victory over Weston St John's.

Crusaders started strongly, attacking from the whistle, but the visitors were playing with a lot of spirit and were not at all overawed by their first division opponents.

Michael Dancer put Joe Godfrey clear to fire across the keeper to open the scoring and Crusaders went further ahead when Billy Morrissey picked up a James Lawrence flick-on. The third goal soon followed with a fine individual effort from Cyrus Molton.

The visitors were defending well and stemmed the flow for a while but were unfortunate as Joe Godfrey's shot took a deflection off a defender for an own goal. Cyrus Molton reacted fastest to pick up a loose ball to score his second and Crusaders fifth to end the half 5-0.

The visitors were still battling away and were rewarded with a goal although keeper Ben Lampon was unlucky when a shot took a wicked deflection off Luke Loveridge to reduce the deficit.

Any thoughts of a revival were soon destroyed as substitute Aaron Thomas picked up a ball from Cyrus Molton to restore the five-goal advantage, which was soon increased as Joe Godfrey put Michel Dancer through to score number seven. From Joe Godfrey corners goals eight and nine came as Aaron Thomas beat everyone with two well-taken headed goals to claim his hat-trick. Formula 1st man of the match award went to Aaron Thomas for his hat-trick from the subs bench. Man in the middle, referee Steve Eastman had a fine game.

The Under-10s travelled to Nailsea and the A team played some good football but Nailsea's defence was on top form as both sides battled to score. Neither side seemed to look like scoring until Piers Rac made a run and scored the only goal in this game.

The B team had a better game with two goals from Ryan Thomas and two from Owen Denyer for a 4-1 win.

The Under-11s lost their 100 per cent start to the season as they shared the points with leaders Priory Pumas.

Priory started brightly, but the pace of Nathaniel Groom was hard to contain and from one of his crosses, the ball was deflected into the net as Crusaders led. Louis Harper, Ben Eades and Toby Herbert twice missed chances and Priory were quick on the break and equalised before half time.

In the second half, with Adam Elkins, Harper, Eades, Alex Francis and Jordan Humphries dominating midfield, Groom twice missed the target and twice he was denied by smart saves by the Priory keeper.

Crusaders defence of Will Corderoy, Lewis Davidson, David Warden and Oliver Coombes were solid and keeper George Andrews made important saves against Priory's lively attack.

Macauley Priestley and Callum Abraham came on, but Crusaders failed to score a winner. Man of the match was defender Lewis Davidson.

HUTTON Under-13s played well in the Tesco Cup winning 5-1 at home to Bridgwater Wolves.

Hutton started brightly with successive attacks, before going one down to a breakaway goal. Hutton put together a good spell of play, pressurising the Wolves box. Marcus Walters made some excellent tackles to set up George Michael who scored the equaliser just before half time. The defence of Callum Cheeseman and Jonathan Clarkson linked up well to deny the Wolves forwards space.

Hutton started the second half full of running, pushing forward at every opportunity, Lee Tinklin put Hutton ahead when he picked up the loose ball on the 18-yard line and scored. Oliver Norville had a shot saved before the third goal came when Sam Matthews beat the offside trap to score.

In midfield, Anthony Badman was solid, with a range of accurate passing and Ryan Parker worked hard to win the ball. Wolves kept threatening on the break with Lewis Condon making several excellent saves.

The fourth goal came when Matthews connected with Michael's driven cross following some good work from Ben Hurst . Matthews got his hat-trick when he drifted back from the defenders to create space before firing into the top corner. Man of the match was Marcus Walters

The Under-9s A started well against a strong Kewstoke side. Tom Smith was superb as sweeper mopping up anything that got past Kyle Jones, Macauly Abram was strong in midfield and spread the play out wide to Logger Neal, Jay Murray and Harry Munden.

Hutton squandered a number of chances before Abram swept a through ball into the path of Jake Flavell who scored. Kewstoke upped their game and some sustained pressure saw them equalise with a well-taken goal leaving keeper Grindle no chance.

The second half saw Hutton create more chances, but defensively Kewstoke were strong. The pressure told with five minutes remaining as Harry Munden was found in the box and poked home.

Hutton B had a shaky start and went a goal behind when Kewstoke scored from a free kick, giving keeper Harry Harman no chance.

Hutton began to play better and Jake Adams and James Brown put in some great tackles. Sam Mannings-Hill, Liam Bailey, Ciaran Murphy and George Darch started getting their passing game going and began to create chances, while Tom White put pressure on the Kewstoke defence.

Immediately after the restart, Toby Butterfield saw a chance come back off the keeper and he slotted the rebound. With ten minutes to go he made it 2-1 following a through ball from Murphy. The defence held firm as Kewstoke put pressure on late on.

PRIORY Pumas Under 9s beat Berrow Boys 6-2 to stretch their winning streak to three games.

After a breakaway goal from Sam Parkinson in the first 30 seconds, Pumas found themselves 2-1 down and manager Andy Parkinson and his assistant for the day Nicholas Parkinson needed to adopt a different strategy to turn things around at half time.

The players all responded brilliantly and the second half saw goals from Drew Hodges, two great strikes from Oliver Stokes, plus two more from Sam Parkinson.

The Under-10s drew 2-2 with Swiss Valley Rangers and in the first half the full team started really well, applying pressure, until Swiss Valley scored with a deflected shot from a breakaway.

Pumas kept up the pressure but somehow Swiss Valley did it again and caught they on the break putting them 2-0 ahead.

In the second half, both the Joes in defence were and the midfield started to pass the ball around. Lewis Magor made some brilliant runs down the left and got some great balls into the middle giving Lauryn Nigh and Marshal Hale chances to score, but Swiss Valley's keeper was good and stopped them all.

Joe Kelly had a good run down the right and his shot was saved, but Alex Crowther scored from the rebound.

Pumas midfield kept up pressure and Lewis made a run on the left, cut inside and beat the keeper for the equaliser. Lewis Magor was this week's man of the match.

The Under-11s drew 1-1 with Weston Crusaders in their biggest test of the season so far.

Crusaders dominated early on and opened the scoring when the unfortunate

Patrick Holyday beat keeper Tom Brannigan for an own goal.

Pumas pressed hard and after 20 minutes Mason Holborn scored an equaliser after some great play by Sam Stokes. The only other incidents of note in a tight first half were when Jack Owens fired just and Mason almost scored.

Crusaders were just about the better team in the second half. Lewis Bryant had his best game, Patrick Holyday was a rock at the heart of the defence and Jacob Matthewshad a great game. In the midfield, Alex Coghlan and James Holbrow had great games and Tom Sully was a steadying influence in the middle of the park.

Jack Owens led by example and Reece Trapani was immense. Up front Mason and Sam had great games and with 20 seconds left, the ball was played through to Sam who was denied a winning goal by an excellent save from the Crusaders keeper. Man of the match went to Jack Owens.

BANWELL Under-10s A faced a well organised Portishead team. Banwell started the brighter, passing the ball well in midfield as Billy Berry and Luke Edwards pushed forward supplying some great balls into Sam White in attack. Charlie Camper took a great corner picking out Sam White whose clinical finish gave Banwell the lead.

Banwell defended well with some great last-ditch tackles from Connor Burns and James Hart to deny Portishead until the referee awarded them a penalty for hand ball which was well converted past keeper Jack Partridge.

Portishead were then awarded a free kick on the edge of the box which was deflected in for an own goal.

Banwell pushed hard and dominated the second half with some great play from Ryan Hastewell, but conceded a late goal from a corner leaving them two behind. Banwell dug deep and a great cross from Charlie Camper was met at the far post by Luke Edwards to pull one back.

Banwell had a chance with 10 seconds left to equalise following a great cross from Sam White that was hit just wide by Luke Edwards, but Portishead won 3-2. The Cube @ Morse's man of the match went to Charlie Camper.

The B team lost 2-1 to Portishead United B who opened the scoring from a corner while a Banwell player was down injured but the goal was allowed.

Keeper Ben Meakin tipped a powerful shot onto the crossbar and in defence James Hart stood firm breaking down most of Portishead's attacks.

Steven Baker and Mathew Gilmore showed their skills to set up some great opportunities for Kaan Berk and Max Bretherton who was denied on two occasions by two great stops by the Portishead keeper.

Portishead went two ahead with a great goal before Harrison Giles looped the ball over the keeper to pull one back for Banwell. Max Bretherton passed the ball backwards into the path of Harrison Giles who hit the shot of the game which was tipped on to the crossbar by the keeper to earn Portishead a 2-1 win

The Cube @ Morse's man of the match went to Harrison Giles for an outstanding performance.

WINSCOMBE Under-10s beat Backwell Athletic 5-2 in a top of the table clash that lived up to its billing. Winscombe started quicker than their hosts and took advantage of some gaps in the defence for an early 3-0 lead through two goals from Piers Langford and one from William Smith.

Backwell fought back hard and Ollie Muxworthy scored a composed goal when put through one-on-one with the keeper. Langford completed his hat -trick with a neatly taken volley just before half-time.

In the second half Backwell upped the work rate and came close on several occasions but could not find the net, eventually a great run down the right by Daniel Jones was converted by Andrew Gray. A late penalty by Jack Drake completed the scoring. Winscombe named goalkeeper Toby Willcock as player of the match for keeping the home team at bay.

The B team lost 3-1 to Backwell Athletic B, who dominated from the start and led when a long range cross-shot from WIll O'Malley was helped in by Daniel Jupp.

Despite constant pressure from the home team the score remained at 1-0 and Winscombe looked dangerous on the break. In the second half Daniel Jones came out of goal to add two more goals for Backwell, but Winscombe kept going and pulled one back through new signing Theo Matthews.

Chloe Blakemore was player of the match for Winscombe and Will O'Malley received it for Backwell, both for their tremendous work rate and effort.

FOOTBALL "experience" company Football For Fans Ltd have announced they will be staging mini-soccer tournaments at Bristol City FC on May 31 next year.

There will be separate tournaments for Under-7s, 8s, 9s, 10s, 11s and 12s with friendly "festivals" for the Under-7s and 8s, and matches will be based on the rules for small-sided soccer. There are trophies, etc, for the winners of each competition in the older age groups and medals for all participants in the younger age groups, Under-7s and 8s.

All participants will receive a certificate to commemorate the day. For many this will be a dream come true and possibly a once in a lifetime experience, a visit to the dressing rooms is all part of the day and the teams will line-up in the tunnel at the beginning of the tournament. The players names will be announced over the stadium PA system as they emerge from the tunnel and walk on to the pitch.

Please note that this year's age groups will apply to these events.

Raffles will be held on the day and all the raffle proceeds will go to charity.

Clubs interested in participating can contact tournament organiser Jeff Garner via e-mail jeff@footballforfans.co.uk or Mob 07941 877570 for further details.

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