B.A.W.A. CLUB  18TH APRIL 2004


Team, Turner, Sheehan (P) Haylock, Tufton, Allan, Shrewring, King, Wilcox (P) House, Sykes, Snook subs Wilcox (R) Nichols, Nowland


The Ramblers arrived at the BAWA ground with a changed team, missing were Nick Stiddard (bad back) Andy Sheehan (holidays) Nich Shearman (skiing) Ken Howard (police duties) and Gavin’s Tufton’s spot, which had finally succumbed to two weeks of Industrial strength Clearasil. In came Mike Haylock, Robin Wilcox, Duncan Snook, and later in the game Nobby Nowland back after knee surgery.


This was always going to be a hard game and Nailsea showed once again that given space in which to work, experience and ability would enable them to move the ball around with some accuracy. Redland started brightly and soon made several chances by working the ball down the right flank.


Rob Sykes opened the scoring from a cross by Dave House on the right, the goalkeeper was only able to parry a good header and before anybody could react, Rob shot high into the net. Within minutes Redland added a second when Nick Shrewring pounced on a loose ball and shot past the keeper to make it two-nil. Although the Redland defence were coping quite well, a speculative shot deceived Turner in goal and reduced the arrears.


Redland showed greater urgency in the second half and closed down the Nailsea players before they could string any real moves together. Robin Wilcox replaced Paul Wilcox, and Snook dropped back to midfield to bolster the middle. Sykes grabbed a third goal with a header from close in, and shortly after Robin Wilcox made a good run down the right and his cross was headed into his own net by a Nailsea defender to make it. 4-1 Redland.  Nobby replaced Tony Allan at right back. The Nailsea Old Boys stuck to the task and produced a late goal put the Ramblers under a little pressure.


This was a good team performance, Gavin Tufton again proved a great asset in defence, Mike Haylock produced a gritty performance, Snook worked well up front, and was strong in midfield. Other notables were Tony Allan who battled with a difficult opponent, and lets not forget Nobby who in volunteering to referee took on a very difficult situation, and handled it extremely well. Man of the Match. Everybody who took part.