Somerset County League
Division 1 West
Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves 2, Burnham United 2

WITH six of the top seven teams in Division 1 West playing each other last weekend, it was important for Burnham to pick up points from their away trip to sixth-placed Nailsea & Tickenham to keep up their push for promotion.

Nailsea broke the deadlock through Mark Ashley’s penalty on 10 minutes but Burnham went close to equalising minutes later, as Elliot Lamb’s deep cross from the right was met by Jamie Merrick, but his effort was saved by the keeper.

Undeterred, United drew level with their next attack, as another Elliot Lamb cross was met by Ed Lamb, who headed home.

Charlie Harding then put Burnham ahead on 30 minutes with a shot which the keeper couldn’t handle, to give the visitors a 2-1 lead at the break.

In the second half, United’s defence gave nothing away but they were unable to create the goalscoring opportunity to go further ahead at the other end.

The lack of a killer third goal was punished in the last minute, as a clearance was picked up by Nailsea defender Jake Murray, who struck a 25-yard shot into the net to deny Burnham all three points, which they deserved for all their hard work.

United stay in third, still a point below the leaders Somerton Town.

Man of the match (sponsored by Fusion Leisure): Russell Holley

Somerset County League
Division 2
Burnham United Reserves 1, Banwell 0

BURNHAM Reserves made it three wins on the bounce and yet again kept a clean sheet in the process, surviving a late onslaught from third-placed Banwell.

Midway through the first half, a fast breakaway from United ended with Russell Hicks being chopped down, and the resulting free-kick was cleared as far as Aminul Barik, whose powerful left footed drive was tipped around the post.

Minutes later another smart move saw Finlay Paul put Dax Vincent through on goal, and although he was felled on the edge of the box, up stepped Jack Cherry to calmly side-foot the ball over the wall and into the top corner.

In the second half, Burnham continued to work hard with Cherry, Warren Whitfield and Paul dominating the midfield.

The last 10 minutes saw Burnham come under a lot of pressure, but centre-backs Dan Giblett & Matt Dibble stood firm and Harrison made a vital save to seal the points.

Man of the match (sponsored by Fusion Leisure): Warren Whitfield

Weston-super-Mare & District League
Division 4
Burnham A 7, Axbridge Reserves 2

BURNHAM A moved back to the top of the table with a comfortable victory.

In the first half, Lloyd Dean (2) and Steve Eley scored the goals, but Axbridge netted before half time to narrow the gap.

Burnham continued to dominate, though, as Dean completed this hat-trick and Harrison Givens grabbed two.

Axbridge pulled another one back, but Tommy Clarke had the final word.

Burnham United B's scheduled Division 5 match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Burnham Vets 4, Middlezoy Vets 1

A HAT-TRICK from James Reddish ensured Burnham Vets continued their unbeaten start to the season.

After a close opening to the game, Reddish opened the scoring, but Zoy levelled with a fine free-kick.

Reddish scored again with a powerful effort into the top corner, and completed his hat-trick after a mistake from the keeper.

Captain Jon Harding scored the final goal with a 25-yard effort.


Somerset County League
Division 1 West
Berrow & Highbridge 0, Ashton & Backwell 2

EVEN a performance befitting David De Gea from goalkeeper Shaun Bailey could not save Berrow & Highbridge from a 2-0 defeat at home to Ashton & Backwell.

Bailey made a string of superb saves to keep the visitors at bay, until two goals in the last 12 minutes – from Jason Radnedge and Jordon McQuade – saw B&H slip one place down the table, to 12th.