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5th March 2016

NAILSEA 2nds    10          v           0      SOUTH GLOS  3rds

Stand in Captain Harriet Green organised and encouraged her side well bringing out of them a structured and polished performance. Whilst South Glos fought well and kept going, Nailsea looked in control and the stronger side. Nailsea also had to find a stand in keeper and young attacker Kira Curio offered to take up the position. She was called into action on a couple of occasions and made solid saves to keep a clean sheet, she was supported well by her defence and Katie Matthews made a great take when a South Glos attacker made a break. The goals were the result of some great attacking play but it was the team spirit and hard work of the whole team which deserved the credit for this result. Goal scorers were, player of the match Jen Atherton 6, Bernie Forge 3, Harriet Rowney and Harriet Green one each.


27th February 2016

NAILSEA 2ND      2         v        4   REDLAND UWE  3RD

Nailsea needed points from this game to keep them in second place but the pressure proved too much and Redland looked like they wanted it more. Individually Nailsea played well but their usual team structure and discipline was missing throughout much of the game. It was all change in the final quarter when at  3-0 down it suddenly all came together for Nailsea and with goals from Bernie Forge and Jen Atherton they looked a different side. However Redlands fourth goal gave Nailsea little time left to clear the arrears though they fought up to the final whistle.


26th September

NAILSEA 2ND   10      v      0    BRISTOL BLUEBIRDS

Considering the final score it was a slow start on the goal scoring. With first push back, Nailsea stormed into the attack with several straight shots on goal, all defended by the opposing goalie. With this in mind, after 10 minutes, Eva Jarvis got the first goal, a deflection, by standing on the left post from a top bar strike from Jen Atherton. With one behind them, Nailsea had the confidence for more. The next goal started from an interception by Sarah Edwards in midfield before passing to Jen Atherton out wide. She drove it into the D before drawing it back to Bernie Forge who, poised on the P spot, calmly slotted it in for two. With Eva’s great example of what hanging on the post can do (and Katie Matthews hollering from the defending line) Harriet Green scrambled into position on the right hand post to claim the third goal. Jen completed the fourth goal, just before half time after receiving a well placed pass from Tash who can always be found in the prime position on the right to feed into the D. Following their debrief of the first half, Captain Chloe Turner decided to drop her goalie kit and push up front for the second half, confident in the defensive strong hold that Jasmine Wood on the right, Hannah Clarke in the centre and Katie Matthews on the left, had on the back of the pitch. The second half got off to a strong start, after Hannah intercepted the Bluebird’s push back, the team let the ball do the work with excellent passing and calling into space, and when it reached the D, Bernie received it from Jen and after drawing the goalie out, tapped it in for a tidy finish. The sixth followed in quick succession and, in much the same fashion, Bernie claimed her hat trick with a reverse stick strike from the left post. After warning the team at half time that she was uncomfortable on post, Harriet got two further goals in that exact position to take her total up to three, one with a strong straight shot from Sarah she secured its position over the line and the eighth from another well timed feeder pass from Tash Turner. Katie worked tirelessly to defend the left side from any stray balls, feeding the ball in from a free shot, Jen finished off with a neat hit from the P spot. And in a somewhat dramatic finish, after several false starts while we all got a handle on the new rules and held ourselves together after a tiring match. Player of the match Bernie Forge finished off with a clean shot from the left after a body clash with the opposing goalie. Chloe had a more interesting second half, not only pushing up to assist in feeding D action, she tracked back in true ‘goalie’ style to defend our D when the Bluebirds broke our line. Great teamwork and simple hockey led to a true victory for the ’10 player’ visiting team after a bumpy start to the season2nd team Vs Bluebirds Considering the final score it was a slow start on the goal scoring. With first push back, Nailsea stormed into the attack with several straight shots on goal, all defended by the opposing goalie. With this in mind, after 10 minutes, Eva Jarvis got the first goal, a deflection, by standing on the left post from a top bar strike from Jen Atherton. With one behind them, Nailsea had the confidence for more. The next goal started from an interception by Sarah Edwards in midfield before passing to Jen Atherton out wide. She drove it into the D before drawing it back to Bernie Forge who, poised on the P spot, calmly slotted it in for two. With Eva’s great example of what hanging on the post can do (and Katie Matthews hollering from the defending line) Harriet Green scrambled into position on the right hand post to claim the third goal. Jen completed the fourth goal, just before half time after receiving a well placed pass from Tash who can always be found in the prime position on the right to feed into the D. Following their debrief of the first half, Captain Chloe Turner decided to drop her goalie kit and push up front for the second half, confident in the defensive strong hold that Jasmine Wood on the right, Hannah Clarke in the centre and Katie Matthews on the left, had on the back of the pitch. The second half got off to a strong start, after Hannah intercepted the Bluebird’s push back, the team let the ball do the work with excellent passing and calling into space, and when it reached the D, Bernie received it from Jen and after drawing the goalie out, tapped it in for a tidy finish. The sixth followed in quick succession and, in much the same fashion, Bernie claimed her hat trick with a reverse stick strike from the left post. After warning the team at half time that she was uncomfortable on post, Harriet got two further goals in that exact position to take her total up to three, one with a strong straight shot from Sarah she secured its position over the line and the eighth from another well timed feeder pass from Tash Turner. Katie worked tirelessly to defend the left side from any stray balls, feeding the ball in from a free shot, Jen finished off with a neat hit from the P spot. And in a somewhat dramatic finish, after several false starts while we all got a handle on the new rules and held ourselves together after a tiring match. Player of the match Bernie Forge finished off with a clean shot from the left after a body clash with the opposing goalie. Chloe had a more interesting second half, not only pushing up to assist in feeding D action, she tracked back in true ‘goalie’ style to defend our D when the Bluebirds broke our line. Great teamwork and simple hockey led to a true victory for the ’10 player’ visiting team after a bumpy start to the season


31st January

NAILSEA 2ND   1      v      1    HANHAM

Nailsea started with a determination to get something out of this match. With Hanham sitting in second spot they knew it would take solid teamwork to contain Hanham. Strong attacking on the right with Tash Turner and Alice Keyworth linking well with Sarah Page in the centre. 

The defence found themselves being challenged as Hanham bounced back. Carly Chambers had to channel the ball to protect the ‘D’ and Tess Hughes worked tirelessly to  control the midfield. A quick turn over gave Nailsea their chance Tess collected the ball and ran with it shrugging off any challenge, she finished with a strong strike to put Nailsea in the lead.

Hanham dug in and increased their attack forcing defenders Zoe Buck and Mollie Chidzey to step up. Both were solid keeping their sides secure until Hanham forced a slip and took the chance to equalise.

Despite this setback Nailsea kept battling with Alexandra Sermon working hard to  keep possession and control in midfield. Catriona Coates and Eva Jarvis used each other to attack down the left.

The second half found Nailsea having to play a defensive game. Player of the Match Mollie Chidzey proved her ability with continued well times interceptions and Carly was on hand to clear the ball high into attack. A switch was made moving Alice to the left, with it came the best opportunity of the half, when her strong strike was fumbled by the keeper and pushed narrowly wide by Eva.

Some good play by Nailsea and excellent defensive work absorbing the Hanham attack to take a point from this game.


29th November

NAILSEA 2ND   2       v      2    CHEDDAR

Nailsea were off from the whistle, forcing the attack and testing the defence. An early penalty corner saw a stinging shot from Cath Hole desperately deflected wide.

Cheddar bounced back making the Nailsea defence work hard and act quickly. A prolonged furore between Captain Zoe Buck and the Cheddar attack resulted in Zoe winning a free hit. Cheddar tightened their defence making in difficult for the Nailsea attack to be creative.  In this period Cheddar were able pierce the home defence and convert a long ball heading for the far post.

Nailsea kept battling and good play between Cat Coates and Sarah Page made inroads into the attack giving Tash Turner a chance to strike only for it to go narrowly wide of the target.  Cheddar reacted and pushed Keeper Laura Pople to pull off some challenging saves. Then a vital interception and shot by Cath Hole saw the rebound fall to Tash Turner who levelled the score on the stroke of half time.

Desperate for the points the home side stepped up their game with an outstanding team effort. Player of the match Harriet Green made the centre her own, commanding the middle of the park. Chasing down players, intercepting key moves and distributing wisely.  Strikes from Danni Douel and Cath Hole were defended well but when Cath picked up a long ball out of defence she turned and drove into the D, slamming immediately for the backboards. With five minutes to go Nailsea strived to hold onto the lead, but a long ball found a Nailsea foot and Cheddar took the advantage to level the score.  Nailsea can be happy to take a point from this game but have every right to be disappointed not to take all three.


Goal Scorer                 Tash Turner, Cath Hole

Players of the Match      Harriet Green



15th November

NAILSEA 2nd TEAM 1     v    0   JASPERS

Nailsea took to the field with determination making an attacking drive from the off. Despite forcing a penalty corner they had to watch a good strike narrowly miss the target. Nailsea made it difficult for Jaspers to clear their lines, firmly pressing the defence.

When Jaspers did attack the Nailsea defence soon turned the ball over. Tree Holly and Molly Chidzey were marshalled well by Tess Hughes, keeping their area secure, leaving keeper Laura Pople to make a handful of kicking clearances.

Danni Doule and Kim Thomas were lively up front and quick to receive the long passes from Tess,  however there was no change made to the score line at half time.

In the second half Nailsea stepped up the pace, pressing hard in attack looking for that vital opening. This opportunity fell to Hannah Clarke, when she collected a rebound, waited for the defender to commit then slotted wide of the keeper.

Both sides kept fighting but Nailsea were determined not to let this match slip out their hands and the single goal settled it. ‘Player of the match’ went to Tess Hughes for her solid display in defence and her ability to press forward at every opportunity.

Goal Scorer                 Hannah Clark

Players of the Match      Tessa Hughes


8th November

REDLAND 3     v    0   NAILSEA 2nd Team

Short sharp passing between defence and midfield kept Nailsea pushing into attack. Despite good positioning and keeping up the pressure throughout, Nailsea were unable to convert.

Redland were always quick to bounce back, keeping the visitors on their toes and when Laura Pople made a vital kicking save Redland followed up with another attack converting a questionable foul.

Nailsea continued to pressure the Redland goal without success then 2 minutes from half time Redland added to their score.

Keeping up the pace Nailsea could not be faulted for their effort with Zoe Buck, Gee Corner, Danni Doule and Kim Thomas adding to the attack with challenging runs through the field.

Tracy Brake held strong on her wing whilst Harriet Green intercepted and slowed the Redland attack. Youngsters Alice Hill and Mollie Chidzey held strong in defence. Player of the Match Kim Thomas moved into attack but still Nailsea were unable to get on the score sheet. Then another Redland attack closed the game at 3 – 0. A disappointing result Nailsea for the amount of effort they put in and possession they had.

Goal Scorer                  n/a

Players of the Match      Kim Thomas


25th October

SHEPTON  3     v    1   NAILSEA 2nd Team

Travelling away to Shepton Mallet Nailsea initially succumbed to a Shepton attack. With the home side scoring three goals in the first half whilst Nailsea could only reply once.

Nailsea gathered themselves in the second half, taking control with a good team effort. Danni Doule, Gee Corner and Lottie Boyle secured the defence keeping Shepton at bay. Penalty corners, good strikes and near misses all failed to add to Nailsea’s score tally.

Goal Scorer                     ‘Pooh Bear

Players of the Match      Gee Corner, Danni Doule, Lottie Boyle and Jo Faiers

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