Shipham make it to the cup final

Shipham Reserves reached their first cup final after beating Priory Rangers.

Shipham Res 5

Priory Rangers 2

(After extra time)

SHIPHAM Reserves reached their first cup final after a fine effort in the Page Shield against high-flying Priory Rangers.


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Shipham were winning a lot of the ball and keeping Priory at bay. Ollie Winter was again commanding in his central midfield role, backed up by his brother Jon. They were back up the defence of Sam Roberts, Dave Simmonds, Rob Ireland and Dave Robertson.

Shipham secured a breakthrough when Rob Ireland drove a loose ball upfield, only for the ball to skid over the Priory keeper and into the net.

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Going to into the second half with conditions rapidly deteriorating, Shipham scored a second when Ireland hammered home a free kick. However, Priory managed a goal back and equalised with virtually the last kick of the match.

However, Shipham took control of the second period of extra time, with goals from Jamie Hutchinson and Lee Stacey (2).

Man of the match was awarded to Lee Stacey, but praise also went to Dave Simmonds.

Weston St Johns Res 3

Winscombe Res 1

SAINTS’ latest victory in Division 1 has put them on the verge of promotion.

In difficult weather conditions, Saints started slowly and it was no surprise when Winscombe took the lead.

The back four of Winter, Mitchell, Borrett and Whittaker were outstanding. Saints always looked dangerous going forward, with Winter and Hayes causing problems.

The turning point came when Winter netted his 100th goal for the club. Saints began to dominate midfield, with Hartley, Young, Whittaker, Hayes and Patrik creating chances.

Saints took the lead just after the break when Hayes’ cross was met on the volley by Hartley for a great finish. Saints should of scored more, but Winter, Hayes and Patrik forced saves from the Winscombe keeper.

Winter finally wrapped up the points with a fine solo effort. Saints were forced to play the last five minutes with 10 men after Lee Whittaker received a second yellow card. Mike Whittaker’s Building Contractors man of the match was awarded to the whole team.

Churchill Club 70 Res 1

Kewstoke Lions 5

KEWSTOKE Lions travelled to Churchill knowing a point would confirm their promotion back to Division 1 following last season’s relegation.

The scoreline was somewhat flattering for Kewstoke as the visitors had to dig deep for a hard-fought victory over their fellow promotion chasers.

The new-look midfield of Blake, McManus, Martin and Bray started to dominate and several chances were created for strikers Hawkins and Popperwell who were thwarted by the excellent Churchill custodian.

The second half followed a similar pattern and Churchill went ahead after a lapse in concentration at the back. Top-scorer Ryan Fieldhouse was introduced and he made an immediate impact as he fired his side level.

Moments later Fieldhouse grabbed his second and then turned provider for Sam Davies to score from close range. The goal of the game came courtesy of Aaron Bray who beat three players and smashed home from 20 yards. Skipper Adam Brueford rounded off the scoring with a simple header.

This week’s DS Securities man of the match was Nick Blake.

Westland Utd Res 2

Clevedon United A 0

WESTLANDS have found themselves towards the bottom of the Division 3 table at the start of this game, mainly due to postponed games.

Despite a boggy pitch at Uphill Castle, Westlands pressed with a free-flowing passing game orchestrated by centre midfielders Kerry Briffit and Lewis Pool and the hard-working Paul Wray and Gary Coates up front.

It took a moment of brilliance to open the scoring, a 30 yard Briffet effort which beat the keeper.

Westlands doubled their lead early in the second half when Neil Sharp converted his second penalty in as many weeks. Clevedon pressed for a way back into the game, but the defence of Kevin Russ, Neil Sharp, Jake McBride and Tom Williams stood firm.

NK Sports man of the match Simon Moore, making his second appearance in goal for Westlands, was in good form.

Kewstoke Lions Res 4

AFC Nailsea 2

THIS started as an even contest until Kewstoke gave away two sloppy goals in a matter of minutes.

This seemed to spark the home side into life with Miller and Crawford opening up the Nailsea defence and Trappani, Loud and Uwadia taking a hold in midfield.

A great move resulted in Wilson slotting home to give Kewstoke a deserved goal. Soon after, Wilson found the net again, firing home from 20 yards. With half-time approaching, Wilson completed his hat-trick.

The second half was a physical battle which Kewstoke dominated. Miller picked a ball up in his own half and ran at the Nailsea defence before hitting a fourth and killing the game.

The back four of Welch, Hay, Gardener and Hobbs were solid and Hockey made some vital saves to secure the points for Kewstoke.

DS Securities man of the match went to the whole team.

Worle Rangers 1

Weston Players 1

WORLE Rangers earned a deserved point against Division 5 leaders Weston Players.

Players took the lead when Rich Skinner latched onto a smart pass from Owen and crossed for DeVanney to poke home at the near post.

The Rangers midfield trio of Bray, Ingersent and Jake Hannam battled well and the back four of Westgarth, Wilson, Carter and Clark stayed alert to keep Rangers in the game.

The pace and workrate of Williams, Chatterley and Troy Hannam meant that the visitors’ back-line could never settle and Worle equalised when Chatterley fired home from the edge of the area.

Worle’s keeper Royce made important saves to make amends for the earlier goal and Players’ keeper Dan Owen was matching the effort at the other end to keep it to 1-1 at half-time.

After the break, Ingersent’s composure on the ball and Hannam’s drive were helping to win free-kicks in the visitors’ half and the game swung in Worle’s favour.

Worle made changes and introduced Willment, Ayers and Wilde to vary the attacking threat but Players stood strong.

The Curry Garden man of the match went to Rangers skipper Matt Wilson. Dan Owen picked up the man of the match award for Players.

RESULTS

Challenge Cup semi-final: Yatton Ath Res 1, Tickenham Utd 4.

Vardon Cup semi-final: Sporting Weston 1, Nailsea Utd Colts 0.

Keyes Cup semi-finals: Portishead Town Colts 1, Dolphin Ath 2; Wrington-Redhill Res 2, St George (E-i-G) A 1 (aet).

Page Shield semi-finals: KVFC 3, Pill Utd 4 (aet); Shipham Res 5, Priory Rangers 2 (aet).

Division 1: Hutton 0, Nailsea Town Res 3; Draycott 3, Selkirk Utd 1; Weston St Johns Res 3, Winscombe Res 1.

Division 2: Axbridge Town 4, Berrow Res 3; Churchill Club 70 Res 1, Kewstoke Lions 5; Congresbury Res 2, Cleeve West Town Res 2; Locking Park 3, Burnham Utd A 2; Portishead Town A 2, Nailsea Utd B 2.

Division 3: Westland Utd Res 2, Clevedon Utd A 0.

Division 4: Kewstoke Lions Res 4, AFC Nailsea 2; Shipham 3, Weston Super Seagulls 1; Worle Res 7, King Alfred SC 1.

Division 5: Worle Rangers 1, Weston Players 1.

FIXTURES

Challenge Cup quarter-final: Westend v Bournville Rovers (A Croker).

Division 1: Hutton v Clevedon Utd Res (M Gavin); St George (E-i-G) Res v Weston St Johns Res (D Roberts); Winscombe Res v East Worle (I Madge).

Division 2: Axbridge Town v Nailsea Utd B (J Jarad); Burnham Utd A v Portishead Town A (P Fisher); Berrow Res v Kewstoke Lions (P Roberts); Locking Park v Churchill Club 70 Res (B Carter).

Division 3: Tickenham Utd v Cheddar A (J Hickey); Wedmore v Yatton Ath Res (S Cahill); Westland Utd Res v Clevedon Dons (A Tremlett).

Division 4: AFC Nailsea v Selkirk Utd Res (O Fudge); Kewstoke Lions Res v Cleeve West Town A (D Pinnock); Nailsea Utd Colts v Weston Super Seagulls (T Nicholls); Sporting Weston v King Alfred SC (M Sprague); Shipham v Winscombe A (A Fry).

Division 5: Banwell Res v Dolphin Ath (T Billinghurst); St George (E-i-G) A v Weston Players (A Lambourne); South Park Rangers v Portishead Town Colts (C Hughes); Worle Rangers v Wedmore Res (J Bolland).

Division 6: Burnham Utd B v Pill Utd (L Grindle); Congresbury A v Axridge Town Res (M Croker); KVFC v Shipham Res (W Dancer); Priory Rangers v Yatton Ath A (A Smith).

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