1st Team Match Reports

5th March 2016

CLEVEDON   0        v          5  NAILSEA

Both teams starting fiercely but Nailsea put the first point on the board when Jo Marshall scored with a reverse shot.  Clevedon strongly forced their way into Nailsea’s defence with skilful passing but keeper Laura Pople’s agility kept Nailsea’s lead. Nailsea continued to fight hard and a second goal scored by Cath Hole brought the half time score to 2- 0.

 Clevedon started the second half strongly and forced an early penalty corner. Defending with determination Nailsea nullified the attack and cleared to safety.  Midfield control helped the visitors secure this game and Gee Corner was the creator of two more goal scoring opportunities converted by Jo and then Cath.  Clevedon fought tirelessly until the end but Nailsea kept the pressure on full and were rewarded with Cath Hole claiming her hat trick and wrapping the game up with a 5 – 0 to take the three points.

27th February 2016

NAILSEA 1ST       5        v       2   CHEDDAR

Nailsea knew this top table clash would be a tough match so were motivated from the start. Strong play in midfield from Gee Corner and Hannah Barrett ensured good pressure was put on the opposition defence from the start. This paid off when Ali Hill slotted home following a rebound off the keepers save. Nailsea became a little lax after the goal and found themselves 2-1 down after allowing Cheddar room to make two solo breaks. Nailsea responded well tightening their marking and possession and were rewarded when Abi Shorney converted a cross from ‘player of the match’ Hannah Barrett. Nailsea kept the pressure on until half time.

After a motivating team talk Nailsea regained their composure and structure with the aim to maintain the pressure and keep possession. This resulted in Nailsea being awarded a penalty corner where Cath Hole scored from a powerful straight strike from the top of the D. Cheddar fought back and Nailsea's defence were kept on their toes again having to defend a few breaks and short corners. Nailsea's keeper Laura Pople remained determined whilst Carey Barrett's made two spectacular saves on the line. Nailsea came back with Shorney slotting home the last goal of the match making the final score 5-2.  Nailsea strengthen their lead at the top of the league.


Saturday 31st January

MENDIP   3   v    3    NAILSEA  1ST                 

The home side came out guns blazing and took an early lead. However, Nailsea fought their way back into the game, using their skills and teamwork. The Nailsea  pressure eventually won them a penalty corner. Executed by Jen Roach and, when Abi Shorney’s powerful strike rebounded, it was Jen who was on hand to deflect it home to level the score.

Mendip struggled to regain control as Nailsea dominated throughout the rest of the half. Chloe Turner, who had a brilliant game upfront, put Nailsea into the lead, then a full on attack had Mendip pinned deep in defence and forced to concede a penalty flick. Defender Carey Barrett stepped up and coolly slammed past a stunned Keeper to give Nailsea a 3 – 1 lead at half time.

The second half saw Nailsea lose focus as Mendip came back hard, adding two goals to level the score. Nailsea regained some of their composure and the defence fought to contain the Mendip attack, with player of the match Katie Matthews having a solid game in an unfamiliar role.

Saturday 29th November

CHEDDAR  1ST   0   v    2    NAILSEA  1ST

Nailsea set the press quickly and it proved very effective.  Enhanced by great supportive team play this allowed Nailsea to keep a firm hold on possession. Top goal scorer Ali Hill, once again found the net with a cracking shot, taking the lead in the first half.

Captain Jen Roach made it two with a stunning strike into the left hand corner. At the other end the defence, Carey Barrett, Tree Holly and Kim Thomas proved to be solid and worked well together, intercepting and marking tightly.

Player of the match Gee Corner stepped up to strengthen midfield and showed her worth, with vital tackles cutting down the threat of attack at every opportunity. Gee showed true solidarity and commitment to her team mates. Chloe Turner and Bernie Forge combined well to be creative down the left, whilst Sarah Page moved into defence and held her own. As is expected Helen Harrington worked tirelessly back and forth throughout the match, whilst her reading of the game found her mopping up on several occasions.

A welcome win and hopefully a turn in fortunes.

Goal Scorers                  Ali Hill, Jen Roach

Players of the Match        Gee Corner

Saturday 22nd  November

NAILSEA 1      2       v        3      KEYNSHAM

A late game and under lights meant both sides took time to settle into this match.  However, a fantastic goal by Helen Harrington, following good attacking play, put Nailsea ahead in the first half.  Everyone worked hard, taking advantage of having substitutes to keep up the pace.  Players stepping up from the 2nds showed strength, commitment and composure throughout the game.  Carey Barrett earned her ‘player of the match’ award by commanding the defence and staying strong.

Keynsham came back fighting in the second half claiming three to put them in front. Again Helen replied finishing with a stunning shot after being set up by Captain Jen Roach. Keynsham had the chance to add to their score when they were awarded a penalty flick. But Keeper, Laura Pople despite never having faced a flick before and having to have the do’s and don’ts explained quickly, responded well, saving and clearing with her left boot.

Nailsea were coming back into the game and looked like levelling the score when the final whistle came.

Goal Scorers                  Helen Harrington (2)

Players of the Match        Carey Barrett

15th November 

NAILSEA 1st Team  2     v    7   MID SOMERSET

Availability problems put Nailsea under pressure from the start with several players having to take up unfamiliar roles. Up and coming young player, Bernie Forge took up a deep midfield role and worked hard at driving forward and feeding the ball into attack.

Helen Harrington deserved her ‘player of the match’ award, producing an outstanding performance in the alien role of defender. Helen worked extremely hard down the right flank, containing the attack and pushing forward to move Nailsea into attack.

Mid Somerset went ahead but Nailsea leveled when Ali Hill tapped home. Then minutes before half time Chloe put Nailsea ahead.

In the second half Mid Somerset exploited the tiring visitors, who continued to work hard, but the lack of substitutes and unfamiliar roles took its toll. The home side took advantage and hammered home to take their total to seven, demonstrating why they are sitting top of the division. A disappointing score line for a brave side, but Nailsea can be proud of an excellent display of team moral and spirit.

Goal Scorers                  Ali Hill (1), Chloe Turner (1)

Players of the Match        Helen Harrington

1st November 

NAILSEA 1st and 2nd Team  8     v    4   BURNHAM

With no league games this week Nailsea put out a ‘club’ side in a friendly against Burnham. With the Coach on the sideline, this gave Nailsea an opportunity to test out positional and structural play. 

The first half was evenly contested finishing 4 – 3 to Nailsea and as the score suggested was end to end play with both teams strong on the attack. Up front for Nailsea the deadly duo  of Ali Hill and Cath Hole revisited  an old partnership and between them notched up six goals, with a hat trick a piece. 

In the second half Nailsea proved the stronger in midfield with hard work from Sarah Edwards, Hannah Clarke and Hannah Barrett who mopped up, cut out and tackled anything crossing the centre of the pitch. Quick passing created space and strong attacking moves, while in defence Zoe Buck was solid and determined, allowing Burnham just a single goal.  Keeper Laura Pople shone yet again with her great saves and lightening reactions. Chloe Turner and Jen Roach added two goals to bring the total to 8 – 4. Hannah Barrett and Zoe Buck shared the ‘player of the match’ honours.

Next week both Nailsea sides have league games against North Somerset and Redland

Goal Scorers                  Ali Hill (3), Cath Hole (3), Chloe Turner (1), Jen Roach (1)

Players of the Match        Hannah Barrett and Zoe Buck

25th October

NAILSEA 1st Team  1     v    6   BRISTOL UNIVERSITY

This was a stoic display by Nailsea despite the score line. The University came with four substitutes and therefore were able to keep using fresh legs. Nailsea worked hard and held their own until tiredness gave the visitors opportunities for late goals towards the end. Skilful play from Helen Harrington, calculated play by Theresa Holly and solid defending plus a goal from Tess Hughes.

Goal Scorer                 Tess Hughes

Player of the Match     Tess Hughes