Saturday 12th August 2017
Winscombe 1-1 Nailsea and Tickenham FC Res
Last Seasons Promoted Div2 West Champions Nailsea & Tickenham Res travelled to Winscombe in the opening game of the season in the Somerset County Div 1 West league.
The Home side dominated in the early stages of the game and new Swags goalkeeper Jamie Mellor, making his debut had to block a close range effort after ten minutes. Minutes later Tom Smith made a goal saving tackle on the line as Jamie Mellor was beaten.
N and T began to gain confidence and pressed the home side well with some good counter attacks. It was N & T who took the lead, with another new signing, former Portishead Town man Nick Walker providing a pin point corner beating Nathan Freeman in the Winscombe goal resulting in a Dave Yeo goal.
N and T went into half time with a 1-0 lead.
The Home side became frustrated and couldn't break down a well organised N & T, Chris Corner and Scott Pilgrim stopping Winscombe's three man centre midfield between them. N and T looked solid until several forced changes, losing Chris James and Chris Corner due to injury. Mark Ashley had a great chance to increase the lead after good work from Charlie Ashton down the left, but saw his effort go over the bar.
Jamie Smith had to change the back four twice in the second half to adjust, Striker Joe Pratt ending up at full back.
N & T would have held out for the win until a wonder strike by Winscombe's Mike Flint from distance made it 1-1 in the last few minutes.
Overall a hard fought point for both sides in a good spirited contest.
The S & R Burchill's MOM was Tom Smith