Combe FC Match Reports 2020/21

Nailsea V Combe First

Lost 5 – 3


The saints made the journey up to Nailsea on the back of some tough fixtures, the game started openly with Combe the first to get a shot off through Louis Roper.
However it was the home side who took the lead from a corner, Combe couldn’t clear the ball away and Nailsea took advantage.
Nailsea now had their tails up and scored two more in quick succession.
Combe regathered and pressed for a goal but just before halftime, a long clearance was tucked away by the home forward.
With a change in formation and personnel on the pitch, the visitors were still positive but Nailsea killed the game off with a 5th goal.
Combe then got going with a Jack Steer hat-trick and could have got a fourth but the game ebbed away.
A poor team defensive performance cost us dearly

Combe Ladies V Porlock

Won 4 – 3

At the request of Porlock, Combe played their first 9 a side game of the league. Both teams battled from the off but it was Combe that got the first goal followed by a Porlock goal making it 1-1. However this wasn’t to last and Ellen Small took the opportunity of an penalty awarded to Combe to take them into the lead 2-1.

Both teams continued to battle strong and in the second half Porlock had made a strong response and were up 3-2, however a blinder of a goal by Fiona Maguire levelled the score. Unfortunately Porlock lost a player to sickness leaving them down to eight and Sadie Cox ensured a win for Combe with her skillful shot only minutes from the final whistle.
Well played Porlock and well done Combe Ladies on the win!

Combe ladies bought home 3 points on Sunday when they played Porlock Ladies and won 4-3!

Goal Scorers:
⚽️⚽️ Sadie Cox
⚽️ Fiona Maguire
⚽️ Ellen Small

Player of the match:
🎖 Sadie Cox

Donkey of the day:
🐴 Ellen Small

Combe First vs Ashcott

Lost 1 – 3


Combe was home to league leaders Ashcott knowing this was going to be another tough test, the saints started brightly and the visitors were looking dangerous on the counter-attack, from one of these attacks Gethyn Jenkins was harshly booked, with 20 mins on the clock Geth got booked again, again it was thought to be harsh, this didn’t let the Saints stop pressing and took a deserved lead through a quick free-kick which Louis Roper and Jack Steer were involved in ending with the latter finishing from close range.
Ashcott upped their game but home keeper Nath Fisher kept them at bay.
2nd half Ashcott changed formation and brought on their substitute’s and equalised in the first 5 mins, Combe were at 6’s and 7’s for 15 minutes and Ashcott got their 2nd and 3rd goals to kill off the game.
Combe never gave up and created chances through Jack Steer, Joel smith but it stayed 3-1

Combe Ladies V Paulton Rover Ladies

Lost 1 – 3

A slow start for Combe Ladies after an an own goal & penalty for a handball left Combe 2-0 down by half time.
Combe woke up a little after half time and applied the pressure resulting in a goal! Unfortunately paulton scored a fair final goal before the final whistle blew, leaving Paulton Rover Ladies winning with a score of 3-1.

Congratulations to Paulton Rover Ladies on their win!

Goal Scorer:
⚽️ Ellen Small

Player of the match:
🎖 Ellen Small

Donkey of the day:
🐴 Ky Wastnidge

West & Middle Chinnock Vets vs Combe Vets

Draw 1 – 1


Combe vets rocked up at Chinnock on what was a pretty tricky pitch to play on.
Luke Woodard made his first appearance and was a menace up front. He had a few opportunities first half but some great keeping from the opposition prevented Combe from taking the lead.

Mark Stoods at half time predicted the future perfectly and identified they only looked like scoring down the wings. Sure enough that’s what happened and Combe went 1-0 down. Alex Paul found the ball at his feet 30 yards out and ran like Forest Gump towards the goal. With a blistering strike Combe were back in the game!
Five minutes to go Rio Dabinett was offered an opportunity to seal the game inside the box but the shot was just wide.

The game finished 1-1 and now the old boys have 3 weeks to heal before heading to Misterton.


Won 4 – 0

COMBE A picked up their first 3 points of the season after a dominant display against Crewkerne Rangers A today (26th of September 2020). Combe A started the game strong today controlling the possession in the early stages of the first half and creating a few falf chances. As the half went on the COMBE began to ramp up the pressure unleashing attack after attack coming close a few times, earning a free kick on the edge of the box that was fired whiskers wide by Dan Wilcox and shortly after Craig Whittingham came very close after an incredible bicycle kick! However the boys left the field at half time feeling frustrated that they hadn’t got anything from the opening 45 minutes.
The second half begun and the intensity picked up yet again from Combe. Combe had a golden opportunity to take the lead after Alex Atkins flew past his man on the right flank and fired a low ball across the box into the feet of Jo Himners a mere 4 feet away from goal and somehow it flew over the bar. 5 minutes later another ball from Alex found Jo again but this time it hit the post. Eventually Combe got what they deserved after Jo Himners (who was on about 15 shots by this point) made up for his miss by cutting in from the left, beating his man and firing a wonderful strike in off the bar! Shortly after Combe doubled their lead when Lewis Perry tapped in from a corner! Yet again Lewis was on the score sheet when 8 minutes later his shot from 30 yards out was dropped by the keeper and spilled into the net. Despite being 3-0 up the intensity didn’t stop and neither did the defensive prowess with Jordan Capper’s impressive performance being the stand out in a very solid defense. 5 minutes from the final whistle Combe A had their 4th after a stunning free kick from Dan Long rebounded off the bar and fell at the feet of Ashley Spurrel who buried his shot low past the keeper!
Spirits were high after the final whistle today after such a dominant showing especially after the disappointment of the week before.
Man of the match today was Jordan Capper after an incredibly composed and dominant display at Centre Back.
By Chay White.

Combe Ladies v Bishops Lydeard

Lost 0 – 2

Combe Ladies played at home today and were unfortunate to have lost 0-2 to Bishops Lydeard Ladies team.
The first half got off to a good start with a strong defence line and some great goalkeeping from Combe, however, Bishops took the advantage from a corner and landed a goal in the net.
The second half was going well again and with a strong defence line Combe were certain we would manage to keep Bishops score at 1, however Combe conceded another corner which led to goalkeeper Jamie scoring her first goal of the season… in her own net, leaving her as donkey of the day (for the 2nd time this season) and Combe Ladies 2 goals down by the final whistle.

Congratulations to Bishops Lydeard Ladies who played a good & fair game & thank you to everyone who came to support us today! ⚽️

Banwell v Combe 1st

Draw 1 – 1

Banwell 1 Combe firsts 1

Combe made the journey up the M5 knowing banwell had beaten bishops lydeard the previous week.
The saints played a more defensive system to counter the attacking threat of banwell,the home side had plenty of possession but the saints kept them at bay.
Kieran Manley had an opportunist strike from long range that went just over the bar 20 mins in but 5 mins later a Gethyn Jenkins flick on found Jack Steer at the far post to caress the Ball home.
2nd half and the wind in their faces the saints knew they were in for a tough half but were keeping their shape really well frustrating the home side with some last ditch tackles and fine saves from Nath Fisher.
Combe looked dangerous on the counter attack with Jack Steer crossing for Geth but for the ball to just to evade him.
In the 83rd min banwell got their equaliser from a goal mouth scramble and with the game ebbing away can barfoot was brought down in the box but the ref waved away the appeals of the away team.
Fantastic effort by all involved and a massive improvement on the previous game.

Combe Saint Nicholas A v Ilminster Town B

Lost 0 – 4

Slade’s Cross 2nd Pitch

The opening weekend of the Perry Street League put Combe Saint Nicholas to host Ilminster Town B, kick off was delayed due to a referee not showing up for the game, but 15 minutes after the planned kick off the first whistle blew and Ilminster Town took kick off.
The first 20 minutes had each team fighting to get their first league goal of the season and both Combe and Ilminster seemed very well balanced. Ilminster Town would opening scoring on the day after Combe’s Keeper Ross Northover managed to save the initial effort the ball would fall to another Ilminster pair of boots and find the top corner of Combe’s net, putting them in front.
Combe kept up their pressure a despite their best efforts another Ilminster goal would come an overhead kick inside Combe’s defensive box from a corner would put Ilminster in front by two goals. Combe’s game was affected by injuries as CB Ross Bicknell suffered a minor head injury but was able to stay on the pitch. Just before the break Combe’s debut winger Max Hedges pulled up with a tight and cramped calf, this would take him off the pitch for the second half. The whistle blew for the half to end at 2-0 in the visitor’s favour.
The teams switched side and after some good half time talks form both sides Combe looked for their goal to get back into the game but would be beaten to it by a lucky strike from an Ilminster midfielder clattering into the back of the net from the crossbar and putting Ilminster 3-0 up around 10 minutes after the break.
The game was not quite finished there as Jamie Lillington, trying to clear the danger of an attack from Ilminster chipped the ball above the keeper and into the back of his own net to put Ilminster 4-0.
The match was to remain at that score, full time Combe 0 Ilminster Town 4.

Combe St. Nicholas Ladies v Pen Mill Ladies

Won 13 – 0

Slades Cross 13/9/20
Combe St. Nicholas Ladies have kicked off the season with a 13-0 WIN 🏆 against Pen Mill Ladies Reserves!

Goals scored by:
⚽️ Eloise Edmunds
⚽️Amelia Gilbert
⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️Rosie Manning
⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️Sadie Cox
⚽️ Ky Wastnidge
⚽️⚽️ Roxy White

🏅Woman of the match – Chloè Mace
🐴 Donkey of the day- Jamie Froom

Well done Ladies!!

Combe St Nicholas A v Merriott Dynamos

Draw 3 – 3

Combe St Nicholas A stepped out on to her home ground for a third time in their preseason campaign with hopes of getting their first win before the season starts, welcoming fellow Perry Street Division 3 side Merriott Dynamos.
It was not too long before Combe’s Dan Long was bought down just inside the box and won a penalty for the home side, stepping up to the spot Dan calmly placed the ball past Merriott’s keeper to put Combe 1-0 up! Combe fought to keep the score line the same until shortly after the first drinks break of the match, when Merriott Dynamos found the bottom corner of Combe’s goal with a sweet finish to level the game for the first time. The rest of the first half remained equal as both Combe and Merriott battled well to try and get ahead until the half time whistle. The score was to stay at 1-1.
After the break it looked as though Merriott Dynamos were ready to give all they had and despite their best efforts young Combe winger Jacob Boobyer found the third goal of the game to put Combe ahead once more. Combes celebrations were not going last too long as Merriott found an equaliser after a scrappy goal line battle to level the score to 2-2. The lads played on and kept their heads up, knowing they were going to find the net again and after some positive play from both teams, Lewis Perry tried his luck and looped the ball above Merriott’s keeper to give Combe the lead for the third time this game.
It would be the last ten minutes that would decide the game, and with the tensions rising on both sides tempers frayed and Combe were to concede a third equaliser, there just wasn’t enough time for Combe to answer this time and the final whistle was blown, leaving the match 3-3.
Combe A’s managers Jake Crump and Dan Clements would like to wish the best of luck to Merriott Dynamos for their season alongside them in Perry Street and District Division 3.
After an excellent performance in midfield, Lewis Perry walked away as Combe’s man of the match, following in the footsteps of Jamie Lillington and Mark Cormack in the weeks before.
A thanks is also extended to Jim Hine for stepping in last minute to officiate this fixture.

Combe St Nicholas will step out on their home pitch once again next week (29/08/2020) at 2pm to face another side from their own division in Chard Rangers Reserves.


Combe St Nicholas A v Donyatt United - 08/08/2020

Lost 3 – 2

Combe St Nicholas A v Donyatt United

A hot and sunny Saturday on the Combe St Nicholas back pitch was to be the setting for Combe A’s first preseason friendly before the start of the 20/21 season in Perry Street and District Division 3. New managers Dan Clements and Jake Crump took a full 16 player squad in the hopes of starting their preseason fixture of with a win against Division 2 side Donyatt United.
It was a game of two halves or rather, a game of one 20 minutes and another 70 as Combe struggled to find their feet before the first drinks breaks of the day, Donyatt were quick to profit from Combe’s nervous start and quickly found the bottom corner of Combe’s goal, despite goalkeeper Peter Endersby’s best efforts to reach the ball, Donyatt found themselves 1-0 up. Combe didn’t stop fighting though, and though they tried to settle into the game, Donaytt found the net once more, with Combe’s keeper off his line Donyatt tried their luck from quite the distance and put themselves 2-0 up.
After a drinks break Combe came back into the game almost a different side, with a switch of tactics Combe found their feet and started play their football. The first half finished at 2-0, with Combe still chasing their 1 preseason goal. Combe would be dealt another blow just before the half time whistle as eager center back Dean Bowyer would have to be subbed off after taking a knock to his knee and would be replaced by returning Combe player Mark Cormack.
If the weather wasn’t hot enough, the second half sure got hotter as a hungry Combe side refused to give up on the game. Controversy laid just around the corner and after a coming together with a few players and the referee, the play was not stopped and Donyatt were to profit putting them 3-0 ahead of Combe’s third team. The controversy wasn’t going to stop there and Combe appealed for a penalty later on into the second half after midfielder Lewis Perry felt he had been fowled in the box, no penalty was given. Jamie Lillington was to be the first name on Combe’s score sheet for their preseason run as Donyatt’s keeper failed to keep a safe pair of hands and allowed Lillington to poke the ball into the net, with 10 minutes to go, Combe kept fighting for a deserved draw and came closer as forward Chay White was bought down in the box, this time the referee blew his whistle and Dan Long stepped up to the spot and converted, with the game now standing at 3-2 Combe took charge with only a few minutes left of play fought to find the equaliser. The final minutes played and with Combe unable to find the net once more, the game ended 3-2.
Both Jake and Dan would like to wish the best of luck to Donyatt United in there season, and would like to thank referee Colin Taylor for coming to officiate.

Up the Combe!

Cutters Friday v Combe Firsts - 07/03/2020

Draw 0 – 0

A good point away from home on the face of it but Combe will feel it should of been so much more after being robbed of a late winner.
A dominant defensive display including man of the match Sam Rowswell ensured a clean sheet but at the other end chances came and went regularly with the front three of Jack Steer, Dan Anjos and particularly Adam Male all missing good opportunities.
In midfield Tom Lee was recruited from the reserves to deputise and he impressed with an energetic display.
It was the final moments however which left the away side most frustrated, a free kick from the left was curled in by Sam Sheldrake and met by Sam Rowswell to score an injury time winner sparking celebrations amongst the away team players and coaches, however the referee inexplicably deemed that the ball hadn’t crossed the line and blew immediately for full time leaving even the home side somewhat bemused.

Combe Reserves Vs Donyatt - 07/03/2020

Won 3 – 0

“The most important thing is to find a way to win. That is what the big clubs do,” Mikel Arteta, 7/3/20

We were missing Ayrton White and Tom Lee to the firsts as well as Alfie Robins, Charlie Hine, Jordan Fowler, Jacob Boobyer, to holidays/work/injury/dossing about in Newquay, and finally Joel Smith went with the third team where he was needed as their strikers were ineligible in their cup semi final this week.

Despite losing seven players, it goes to show the fantastic squad depth we have by still having 3 subs, a fantastic place to be when there are clubs around here who struggle to scrape 11 on a weekend! We were buoyed by the return of Ben Sheahan to Combe colours, and Dale Hutter and Brad Putt came up from the thirds to fill some gaps.

We were slow in the warm up and failed to get going in the first half but luckily for us Donyatt were off the boil and our defence were able to limit anything getting through to keeper Joe Draper.

Neil Govier won an early free kick right on the edge of the box and with Tom Lee and Ayrton White away, Alex Atkins took the ball. Alex eyed up the free kick for the top left, but “changed his mind” and instead in spirit of the 6 nations put in an effort that would have made a wonderful conversion!

Jack Dallimore then came close, beating the last defender but his shot rolled against the post so Donyatt could clear. It didn’t take long for Combe to break the deadlock though as Dale Hutter held the ball well coming forward, and put Alex Atkins through. The linesman put up his flag but the ref thought otherwise allowing Alex to place the ball into the bottom left.

After this though, we rarely created chances and many of us were left frustrated with each other’s lack of communication and movement. We stopped playing our main game and resorted to launching the ball forward but Donyatt’s big defenders had no problem stopping any further danger.

We came out in the second half with a bit more drive, but not before losing Alex Atkins to injury. We missed the quick feet of Alex however it did mean Brad Putt could take his chance in the reserve team, which he did well.

It didn’t take long for Combe to get that second goal and again it was great work from Dale Hutter who took control of a through ball and poked it away from the Donyatt keeper, who went straight through Dale. The ref allowed the advantage though as Neil Govier poked the ball into an empty net.

Neil had struggled with his corners in this game but his last one was his best, whipped in perfectly to a grateful Jack Dallimore to head in from about 2 yards out to complete the scoring.

The last piece of action in the game was Brad Putt getting involved in an altercation with a Donyatt defender which ultimately turned sour, but before the situation had time to get worse the ref quite rightly blew the final whistle.

Not our best perfomance at all, but another three points and the pressure is all on Lyme!

We go again away to Crewkerne Ranges Res next weekend.

MOTM: Jason Newbery


Combe A Vs Merriott Saints - 07/03/2020

Lost 2 – 3

We knew that this was a chance for us to reach our first cup final as a team and potentially the treble.

The game started slowly for Combe with Merriott knocking the ball around nicely and creating chances.

The first chance of the game dropped to Joel Smith who was put one on one by Dan Wilcox but unfortunately his chipped effort just went wide of the post.

Merriott kept pressing and they eventually won a corner but bad news for combe as this led to their first goal of the game. The corner was taken and Mark Cormack was deemed to have fouled the Merriott attacker in the box. This led to the Merriott player burying the penalty into the bottom left corner to make it 1-0.

This woke Combe up and the lads started to pass the ball a lot quicker and with more intent going forward.

This attacking style of play paid off for combe on the 41st minute when a cross field ball was played. This was won by Jamie Lillington and the header managed to find Tyler MacDonald in the box. His original effort was a miss kick but second times a charm which he took very nicely into the bottom left corner to make it 1-1.

Merriott were still looking to score another before HT. on the 44th minute they managed to get that goal when the Merriott player crossed it back post for the easiest of headers and with that it was 2-1 to Merriott going into HT.

Combe HT team talk put a lot of emphasis on trying to encourage eachother and trying to knock this ball around.

It seemed to have worked with combe creating chance after chance but they just couldn’t find the back of the net.

Disaster struck on the 61st minute when a Merriott player wasn’t closed down quickly. He was allowed time and space to deliver a threatening ball into the box.

Jamie Lillington got onto the end of it to score his first goal for Combe but unfortunately in the wrong end to make it 3-1 to Merriott.

After that goal Merriott started to sit back and hopefully defend the lead which they did extremely well till the 72nd minute. Joel Smith was gifted the ball by the Merriott keeper and he took the chance nicely hitting a rocket into the top left corner to give Combe hope at 3-2.

Combe changed into a 3-5-2 to try and grab a goal but they just couldn’t find the back of the net. Both subs in Rory Gillard and Joshua Betts coming closes to equalising.

The final whistle went and it ended 3-2 to Merriott Saints. Couldn’t fault the lads today we were just beaten but better players on the day.

Combe A Vs Farway Res - 08/02/2020

Won 3 – 0

Combe were looking to apply the pressure to Kingsbury and with Combe missing 9 players due to injuries and/or other commitments. This meant that Thomas Woodhouse laced up his boots for the first time this season and gave the gaffer role to Connor Finn.

The game started and no longer than 4 minutes in a ball was hit over the top by Mark Cormack the Farway defender failed to deal with it.

This left Thomas Woodhouse through one on one and he looked up to see the GK off his line. He attempted an audacious chip from 25 yards which found the bottom right corner to put Combe 1-0 up.

The game was quite dull after the goal with no really opportunity to score.

The next chance fell on the 32nd minute with Steve baker latching onto a through ball. He beat both defenders and the GK to the ball but with an open goal he only managed the hit the side netting.

On the 36th minute combe were awarded a free kick right on the edge of the box when Nick O’Connor was brought down. Dan Wilcox stepped up and hit it beautifully into the top right corner to make it 2-0 to combe.

That was the last action of the first half and combe go in 2-0 up. Only one change was made at half time with Thomas Woodhouse making way for his brother James Woodhouse.

The second half started and it was a bit better form the lads with Harry Clifford being the main danger down the right hand side.

Combe kept pressing and on the 57th minute they got their third with a corner being delivered by Dan Wilcox. It wasn’t dealt with by the Farway defence and Nick flicked it onto Stuart Guest who fired home from with a volley to make it 3-0 to Combe.

Nothing really happened in the second half except Nick’s horror tackle on one of the Farway players which could of resulted in a red card. He was only given a yellow card by the ref and the gaffer made the decision to bring him off to avoid any chance of him getting sent off.

The game ended 3-0 to Combe A in what can only be describe as one of our most flat games we’ve played.

Man of the match for a second week in a row went to Mark Cormack who didn’t allow their strikers any room up top.

Forton Rangers Res Vs Combe Res - 08/02/2020

Won 0 – 5

The game started perfectly with Govier’s corner meeting the head of Alfie Robins who bulleted the ball into the net leaving the keeper with no chance. A lovely thing to see especially as we had just been practising the corners before the match!

The early goal helped us settle and we were playing some lovely football but we knew we couldn’t rest with just the one goal margin, particularly after our previous visit where we barely won thanks to another Alfie goal. Luckily after half an hour, Neil took a throw in to midfield maestro Stephen Every who played an architectural pass to Jordan Capper. Capper saw Alfie lurking at the back post and gave the keeper the eyes so he stepped off his line. Capper was of course tricking the keeper though who was suspecting a cross, however Capper catches it sweet as a nut, straight over the keeper with enough dip to get under the bar, nestling right in the corner. Capper peels away with his arm in the air knowing that his worldie was complete.

This gave Combe the confidence to push on further and lovely interplay between Joel Smith and Tom Lee paid off wonderfully as Tom Lee beat the left back, pulled the ball back into the 6 yard box where Joel happily brushed the ball home.

Jason Newbery was barely troubled in the first half but him and the defence had more to do in the second with the wind against them. Peasland and Ayrton swept up everything that came through the middle. There was a scare at one point where the Forton striker was one on one with Newbery but the attempted lob was nothing on Cappers earlier deliberate attempt, and hit the bar. Forton kept pushing and in the same attack hit the bar again! This time just pushed onto the bar thanks to a fingertip save from the keeper.

Combe didn’t seem dettered by the wind and Jack Dallimore scored his first brace of the season. Both goals were nutmegs on the keeper, the first squeezing in despite the keeper nearly stopping it from going over the line, and the second a lovely poke from an Alfie Robins through ball.

Dallimore nearly got his hat trick and should have scored had the keeper not literally hugged him to the ground. Tyler MacDonald, impressing in the third team this season and joined the reserves this week, collected the loose ball and was unfortunate not to score but the Forton defender managed to get back just in time to block the shot.

Sadly Gilbert was not involved in any goals.

Then Ayrton had a party at the club and Alfie tried singing Korean.

We go again next week!

Yatton & Cleave Vs Combe 1st - 01/02/2020

Won 1 – 4

The saints travelled to yatton and cleeve needing to put in a good performance after last week’s disappointing result.
Combe flew out of the blocks and scored on their 1st attack in the 1st minute from a fantastic individual goal from Jack Steer.
Yatton were stunned and Combe never let off after 10 minutes a Sam Sheldrake free kick was headed in by Sam Rowswell.
Combes youngsters were now flying and after good play by Rowswell the ball fell to Kieran Manley who lobbed the keeper but just drifted wide in the windy conditions.
Yatton looked dangerous occasionally on the counter attack but Combe controlled the half well.
2nd half and against the wind the visitors again got off to a flyer with a cracking cross by Rowswell touched on by Manley for the unmarked Steer to tap home from close range.
Yatton looked menacing from set pieces and from one of these Combe counter attacked with lightning pace through Kieran Manley, Jack Steer and Dan anjos ending with the young Manley scoring from the edge of the box.
The saints continued to look for a fifth goal but not to be.
With the game coming to an end Combe had a defensive lapse to let yatton get a goal back but the young lads saw the game out well.
The saints showed great bouncebackability to put last week’s defeat behind them

Combe A Vs Merriott Dynamos - 01/02/2020

Won 3 – 1

Combe welcomes Dynamos on the main pitch at Combe. New signing Dale Hutter made his debut up front and John Duffy returned into the starting XI at CM.

Combe has the first chance of the game on the 11th minute from a corner delivered by Dan Wilcox. It was won in the air by Jamie Pedlar but cleared by the Dynamos defence.

Combe kept pressing with the front 3 of Dan Wilcox, Harry Clifford and Dale Hutter causing a lot of problem with the quick counter attacking style.

This style lead to a corner on the 29th minute which was swung in and met by Mark Cormack who returned at CB. It was blocked by the defender but on queue to score his 5th goal in 4 games was Nick O’Connor to make it 1-0 to Combe.

Then confusion struck on the 34th minute when Merriott were awarded a penalty but the Combe linesman flagged for offside. The referee changed his mind to award Combe the free kick but quickly changed it again for a penalty which was dispatched by Merriott. I wouldn’t of wanted to be in the ref shoes for that decision the most difficult decision I’ve seen this year to give.

Dan Wilcox won a free kick around 40 yards out and Cameron Putt stepped up to deliver it. This time though he went for goal with the ball looping over the GK giving Cam his first goal of the season and Combe the 2-1 lead going into half time.

The second half started and the only change was Harry Clifford making way for Tyler MacDonald.

When the second half started it was all Combe A even with the lads going uphill. The best chance of the first 15 minutes come from a nicely worked bit of football. With Dale Hutter holding the ball up nicely to give it to Ashley Rawles who for some reason ventured into their box. He was unable to control the ball but Tyler still carried on his run and nearly got there before the GK.

The game started to fizzle out and with John Duffy coming off with an injury Stuart Guest come on as an added defensive midfielder.

Dynamos were determined to get another goal but the defence partnership of Mark and Jamie weren’t allowing them any shots off.

On the 74th minute one of the key moments of the game fell to Dynamos but on hand was Mikey Symes with a phenomenal save to deny them the chance to make it 2-2.

A silly foul was given by Cameron on the 82nd minute who seemed to have lost his head down in the right corner of the pitch. The resulting corner was dealt with and Nick looked up to see Dan Wilcox free in tbe middle.

Dan went on the pick the ball up 70 yards away from their goal driving with it and taking on 2 players to find himself through on goal. Instead of squaring the ball to Tyler who come to support he turned back in on himself to chip the advancing keeper to make it 3-1 to Combe and kill the game off.

The last remaining subs in Jack Woodhouse and Jack Buckley-White were used to add some more legs and see off the game.

Man of the match could of gone to any of the lads today but it had to go to someone and that person was Mark Cormack. Who played his best game in a Combe shirt by a country mile at CB today.

Combe 1st Vs Cutter Friday - 18/01/2020

Won 3 – 1

Cutters Friday were the visitors to Combe on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.Combe settled quickly but couldn’t apply the quality needed in the final 3rd.
The saints had a couple half chances through Jack Male but couldn’t quite make it pay.
Cutters broke out on 30 minutes and Combe conceded a harsh penalty for handball with which cutters scored.
Combe kept plugging away but couldn’t find a way through.
2nd half and cutters nearly got a 2nd from a goalmouth scramble but Nath Fisher was brave and thwarted the chance.
With 20 minutes to go a great run by Jack Steer on the left crossed for Joe Allen to score from close range.
Combe had their tails up now and soon got a 2nd through a great finish by Jack Steer.
With 10 minutes remaining Jack Steer got his 2nd after a good free kick from Callum Lacey the ball fell to Jack who finished well when under pressure.
Combe then kept the ball really well to see the game out for a great 3-1 victory

Dowlish and Donyatt 3-6 Combe Res - 18/01/2020

Won 3 – 6

We went into this one knowing that a win of any margin would take us top of the league by 1 point and that given our slip up at the start of the season against Netherbury, a point wouldn’t be enough here. With Lyme Regis Rovers having two games in hand, we knew we had to keep the pressure on and set the pace for them to follow.

With that in mind, Combe started incredibly, what an electric 45 minutes of football. MOTM Stephen Every alongside Charlie Hine continued to dominate the midfield and kept the side around them organised. Learning from lessons in the first half against Winsham, the Combe players continued to make runs off the ball and Stephen Every opened the deadlock after 10 minutes before chasing down a ball one on one with the keeper and poking it past him to roll into an empty net.

The defence were well organised with arguably our most experienced back 4 we have had this season, who allowed very little through to trouble Joe Draper who was alert to catch any forward through balls that did escape past the defenders.

Draper did come to the rescue however with a superb save to his right, a header from a ball in from the right hand side of the pitch was going goal bound until Draper pushed it away with a fantastic reactive save.

Combe continued to fly and superb play in the midfield allowed more goals to come from Tom Lee also rounding the keeper, an Alfie Robins header and Neil Govier finding the bottom left hand corner.

Dowlish were rattled, but came into the second half more organised and hungry for goals. The vocal Charlie Hine and Jason Newbery were subbed off and a quieter Combe side started to crack, with Dowlish scoring 3 goals in the space of 20 minutes. With just 15 minutes left, Dowlish continued and had chances cleared off the line by Stephen Every and Tom Lee. It was Combe who managed to score next however, with Charlie Hine releasing Jack Dallimore who countered quickly to poke the ball behind the keeper sealing the 3 points.

The best 45 minutes I have seen anyone play since I have starting managing, a joy to watch! Lessons still to be learned however we can be happy in the knowledge that we are top and we have set the bar for Lyme to chase.

We go again next weekend vs Crewkerne at home.

Combe A Vs Kingsbury - 18/01/2020

Lost 2 – 4

A game we knew if we won it would make the title race a two horse race between us and Merriott Dynamos.

A full debut was handed to 16 year old Bradley Putt in the CAM role and Maxim Patch played his first game up front for Combe A.

The game kicked off and no longer than 2 minutes later Kingsbury hit the bar and the ball bounced on the line. The ref decided to not give e goal even with the Kingsbury team convinced it crosses the line.

Kingsbury kept the pressure on us and it paid off with a corner swung in on the 12th minute mark it was cleared but no one followed it out and the number 8 for Kingsbury hitting a volley into our net to make it 1-0.

The seemed to have woken the lads up with us playing a very high tempo and adding pressure onto their back 4.

We did eventually get a equaliser on the 20th minute mark through a corner by Dan Wilcox which went to the back stick for Jamie Pedlar to nod home.

We kept up there high tempo and Kingsbury were rattled and didn’t know how to handle it.

Jamie Pedlar player a ball down the line which seemed to be a lost cause but with Max Patch chasing the ball and defender down, It seemed to have caused them to panic and the defender tried to pass it back but it ended up looping over the advance keeper to make it 2-1 to Combe A.

The game seemed to have settled down but out of nowhere on the 41st minute mark Kingsbury were awarded quite a soft penalty when the ball rolled up Mark’s body and hit his arm.

The resulting penalty was saved by Mikey but same again nobody followed in the rebound and Kingsbury made it 2-2 going into half time.

The second half began and it was clear that Kingsbury weee pumped for it I. The second half bombarding the Combe goal.

Kingsbury eventually broke the combe defence with a goal on the 62nd minute. Last week we scored a goal direct from a corner but this week we were on the other end of it as it looked over Mikey in goal.

The final nail in the coffin was handed to us on the 67th minute when a goal kick went right over our defence. Number 5 latched onto it and squaring it across the 6 years box for number 10 to put it into an empty net.

Combe A only produced one good chance which fell to substitute Tyler MacDonald as he was thread through by the other sub Cameron Putt on the 82nd minute. Tyler beat the offside trap and took the shot on early and put it agonisingly wide.

Overall a poor display in the second half from Combe with no chances created in the final third.

We go again next week but this time In the Bill Bailey Cup vs Farway Res at home

Cleavland Res Vs Combe 1st - 11/01/2020

Won 1 – 4

The saints travelled up the M5 to play clevedon utd Res who had a fantastic win the previous week.
Combe didn’t settle for the first 20 mins and clevedon got a deserved goal, however this seemed to fire the saints up and soon equalised from a kieran Manley header after a great cross by Oli Hine.
Sam rowswell was unlucky in a one on one situation when the ball got stuck under his feet on the sticky pitch.
5 minutes before halftime Oli Hine put in another cracking cross for Adam Male to head home from close range.
2nd half and the Saints kept control of the ball well and got two more goals through Sam rowswell,the home side rallied towards the end but the Combe rearguard kept out any threat’s.
We were particularly happy with our 2nd half display,a very professional performance.

Crewkerne A Vs Combe A - 11/01/2020

Won 0 – 5

With Jamie Pedlar being called into the reserves and Rory Gillard out injured we welcomed first time CB partnership in Stuart Guest and Mark Cormack. Jack Woodhouse started his first game of the season as the lone striker after having 9 appearances on the bench. Combe welcomes debuts of Conner Finn and James Woodhouse and a Jack Buckley-White back from injury.

A game which in paper Combe are heavy favourites to win but they didn’t have that in mind and were after a win.

The game started lively for Combe A with the midfield linking up nicely and it paid off. Nick O’Connor with the assist of the season so far with a delightfully weight ball to cut the defence open to set up Harry Clifford who did the rest to make it 1-0 after 8 minutes.

The second goal came 7 minutes later in the 15th minute mark. Dan Wilcox has a shot from the free kick roughly around 30 yards out it was saved nicely by the keeper. Sam Bond was on hand with the rebound but instead of shooting he pulled it across for Nick O’Connor with an open goal made it 2-0.

The first half really dried up and there was nothing really going on except a couple of good chances outside the area for Jack Woodhouse who shot agonising wide twice. Sam Bond was replaced by Jack Buckley-White roughly around 30 mins in with Bondy’s boot breaking and not able to play till he had another pair.

Half Time 2-0 Combe A

During the half time team talk the gaffer wanted to put the emphasis on playing forward and trying to get more than 2 goals. The only change at half time welcomed Tyler MacDonald up top for Jack Woodhouse who put in a lovely shift up top.

The second half began how the first one began and that it was all combe with three or four attacks leading to corners.

With the amount of corners combe were having it was about time they scored from one. On the 53rd minute combe for a goal from a corner and it come from Harry Clifford who actually did score directly from the corner.

Combe kept pressing not letting them out of their half and it all started with Tyler whos constant pressing and pressure was causing the Crewkerne back 4 trouble.

The third change of the game saw James Woodhouse play his first game of the season at RB with Jamie Lillington making way for him.

Tyler and Dan’s pressing eventually led to a goal on the 60th minute with the Crewkerne defence trying to pass it out from the back. The keeper was fed a bad pass and it was matched onto by Dan Wilcox but instead of shooting into an empty net he decided to lay it off for Tyler who buried his 3rd of the season.

After that goal the gaffer decided to rest Nick and Max for the big game next week vs Kingsbury. Sam Bond was brought back on with Steve Baker into CDMs which to have on a Div 3 bench is scary.

Combe kept attacking the Crewkerne goal with Tyler putting in a 10/10 man of the match shift despite only playing 45 minutes and deserving more than just the one goal.

The fifth and final goal of the game was scored by Dan Wilcox to cap off his excellent game in a CAM role he’s not used to. Harry Clifford worked it down the right he crossed it into the box, Tyler let the ball run past him and Dan was there to bury it hard into the top of the net.

The last sub of the game was Conner Finn replacing Jack Buckley-White who deemed himself too unfit to carry on.

Unfortunately Conner only managed to last 2 minutes on the pitch before being subbed back off for Nick O’Connor with quite a nasty injury.

Full time 5-0 to Combe A

Onto next week for possibly the biggest game of the season which some people are calling “The Title Decider” vs Kingsbury

Combe Res Vs Winsham Res - 11/01/2020

Won 2 – 1

Combe came into this game knowing that Winsham would be a tough challenge with them sitting just 2 places and 6 points behind them with a game in hand. A win here for Winsham could see them right on Combe’s tails so we knew we had to come away here with a win to keep the pressure on title contenders Dowlish and Lyme.

Manager Gilbert already had a blow with selection with the main centre back partnership Jack Isaacs and Ryan Peasland unavailable as well as recovering forward Alex Atkins, however the fantastic strength in depth that we currently have at Combe meant that this wouldn’t be a major issue. With Joe Draper back from the first team, Jason Newbery moved out into centre back, and Jamie Pedlar was called up to the reserves after impressing in the third team squad. Jordan Fowler was also brought into the reserve team squad adding quality up top. Despite having three players out, it was still looking a tasty lineup.

Combe started slowly and despite having the first few chances, didn’t clear our lines allowing Ian Hilton Barratt to meander into the box and smash the ball home. The wind made life very difficult for Combe in the first half with any long balls forward being sent straight back by the weather rather than the quality of the opposition.

We survived a scare when their keeper Joby Gerrard sent a long ball forward and aided by the wind, nearly looped over Joe Draper. Fortunately, Joe was able to just tip the ball past the post keeping the game to 1-0.

We have however gone 1-0 in our last three games so we knew we had the quality to continue. Whilst we didn’t get the equaliser in the first half, we knew moving with the wind in the second half was going to be crucial, and we were proved right.

Man of the match Stephen Every took hold of the game, constantly encouraging players around him to keep chasing the equaliser and when fed by midfield partner Charlie Hine, Every turned and looped the ball over the Winsham Keeper.

Winsham struggled with the wind and repeatedly gifted goal kicks to Combe players where the ball was pushed back towards the Winsham goal. Alfie Robins battled well poking the ball home for Jordan Fowler to quickly give Combe the lead.

Just after half time the substitutions of Ayrton White and Tom Lee helped swing the game in Combe’s favour, Tom Lee putting on a masterclass in the midfield, winning loose balls and finding the forward players well.

From here on, Combe were comfortable and battled hard to keep the ball. We chased a third goal and thought we had done it through Alfie Robins, but the ball had bounced into Robins’ hand before finding the net.

Robins had one more golden opportunity as a lovely through ball fell to him but a bobble on the pitch cost him as the ball just ran away from where Alfie expected, allowing the Winsham defence to clear.

Overall a tough result but again it shows that with the right attitude the players have the quality to compete with the strongest teams in the league. We go to Dowlish and Donyatt, the league leaders next week, with a chance to go top of Division 2.

Banwell Vs Combe 1st - 04/01/2020

Lost 2 – 0

Combe faced an away day at top of the table chew magna in high spirits on the back of some good form.
The young saints started brightly and looked dangerous attacking with pace.
Jack Steer twice and Joe Allen once had shots when in good position but the home keeper saved well.
Chew were playing their direct style and were dangerous on set pieces putting Joe Draper Combes keeper under pressure but he held firm.
With both sides cancelling each other out chew broke away and Combe conceded a needless free kick 22 yard’s out which the home skipper struck firmly into the bottom corner.
Combe didn’t let this get them down and kept plugging away in the 2nd half but just lacked that cutting edge when well placed,it was chew who got the all important next goal catching the saints on the counter attack.
The young saints never let their heads drop and kept up the pressure on chew only for the keeper to thwart their efforts,one from Adam Males point blank header and another from Sam rowswells long range shot, Combe persevered with trying to play good football on a difficult pitch and were nearly rewarded with the move of the game involving numerous players ending in Jack Males shot just inches wide with the keeper beaten.
Just not to be on the day, Combe manager Manley was very happy with his young teams performance and on another day could have got a win but for a man of the match performance from the home keeper.

Combe Res Vs Ilminster Town A - 04/01/2020

Won 5 – 2

We went into this game knowing Ilminster would be playing a physical game but we just had to show we wanted it more and right from the start that’s just what we did. We created several chances but finishing was not our forte in the opening minutes with a good few shots going very wayward!

Ilminster put one ball over the top which Peasland tried to recover and very nearly did but their striker managed to keep the ball and slot behind Jason Newbery.

It was very nearly two with a similar situation a few minutes later but this time Newbery made a good save to keep it at 1-0.

Despite going 1-0 up, Ilminster suddenly looked very nervous so Combe turned up the tempo and a goal came out of nowhere with a Newberg goalkick was flicked on by Every into the path of Govier who put Alfie Robins in. Combe were after more though and within 60 seconds good work again from Govier on the right allowed Robins to make it two.

Combe were the stronger team and some superb play from Stephen Every saw a looped ball of the heads of the two Ilminster centre backs meet the feet of Joel Smith who scored the third Combe goal before half time.

Ilminster came out hungry in the second half but the energy soon dwindled and Combe stood firm. The defence never switched off; Jordan Capper made his first appearance in left back but you wouldn’t have thought that given his performance. Jacob Boobyer also put in a good performance, not allowing their left winger anything. The centre back pairing of Isaacs and Peasland ensured that Ilminster were rarely a threat in the second half, easily thwarting any balls into the Combe half. Charlie Hine won MOTM however, not allowing the Ilminster midfielders time on the ball. Along with Tom Lee and Stephen Every, Combe won nearly everything in the middle of the park.

The fourth goal eventually came from Neil Govier after a second Stephen Every assist, and Tom Lee finished the scoring spree with a lovely finish past the keeper after a through ball from Jack Dallimore.

The game was all but won but Ilminster did get a consolation at the end with a corner not being dealt with at the back post, with Newbery not being able to grasp it.

Overall though another strong performance from Combe and we keep the pressure on the top of the table. Quality from every player involved today. On to Winsham next week!

Combe A Vs Merriot Saints - 04/01/2020

Won 1 – 0

Today saw Combe A host Merriott Saints in our toughest test yet this season.

From the start of the game you can tell it was gunna be battle of the defences today.

Both teams tried to get their feet on the ball and tried to dictate the game. The first chance of the game fell to Combe though with Max Patch looking up to find Dan Wilcox who gave a 1-2 and it found Dan down the left side cutting it across goal but it just missed Josh Betts and Tyler MacDonald. It was eventually scrambled away by the Merriott defence.

It was a very dull 25 minutes with both teams trying to get behind the defence but both teams defence were up to the task and dealt with everything.

The work rate of Josh nearly paid off with the Merriott CB trying to let a pass roll behind him but Josh was able to read it. The defender was caught out and had to put in a last ditch tackle which paid off but the signs were there that Combe were willing to work from the front.

The score line was eventually broken on 34th minute when Steve Baker was brought down by the Merriott in a stupid foul which turned out to haunt them. Dan stepped up to take the free kick and delivered a ball high into the box the keeper went to grab it and dropped in into the path of Jamie Pedlar who headed the ball into the top right corner putting Combe 1-0 up.

Merriott then started to to put their foot on the ball a bit more for the remainder of the first half but the back 4 of Jamie Lillington, Rory Gillard, Jamie Pedlar and Ashley Rawles weren’t letting anything past them.

Combe went into the second half 1-0 up and with Merriott now attacking down the slope the gaffer decided to going into the half very defensive and sit back.

The second half started with Harry Clifford coming on for Josh Betts up front and with the instruction of “Just chase everything up there”.

The second half didn’t offer much as in the same as the first half it was a battle of defences and both teams back 4 were playing very very well.

The first bit of action for Combe in the second half fell to Dan Wilcox who had a free kick on the left side from roughly 35 yards out. Most players would look to deliver the ball into the box but Dan fancies his chance at goal and he made the keeper pull off a great save to tip it for a corner.

The first bit of action in the second half for Merriott was a free kick on the left hand side. It was delivered in quite high and quick making a difficult ball to deal with. Tyler dealt with it but at a cost as he tweek something in his leg and had to come off being replaced by Jordy Gold who come on at LM.

Like in the first half with Josh, Harry’s hard work nearly paid off up front when he picked up the ball on the wing. He then proceeded to run at the two Merriott defenders turning them inside and out creating a little bit of room to get off a shot which was saved by the keeper.

With 15 minutes left in the second half Merriott were on quite a dangerous attack. Nick O’Connor took one for the team chopping their player down but unfortunately it led to him getting a booking.

This then led to the scariest moment of the match for Combe A with a free kick no further than 25 yards out. Merriott decided to try and lay it off but unlucky for them Ash read it and got out quickly to block the strike which was heading goal bound.

The third sub was made no longer than 2 minutes later with Nick requesting to come off with a tight calf and being replaced by Stuart Guest in CDM.

It got from bad to worse for Combe with not one, not two but three separate players going down with cramp. Max Patch. Steve Baker and Rory Gillard all falling victim at the same time. Max come off worse though with him having to come off and being replaced by Josh Betts. Unfortunately no longer than 2 minutes later he suffered a nose bleed and had to come off with Nick coming back on.

The final change of the game with 4 minutes left of the game saw Steve make way for Jack Woodhouse to offer more legs in the game.

That would be the final bit of action of the game with Combe A winning 1-0 vs a very organised Merriott Saints side. The Merriott lads felt hard done by but too bad for them Combe A got the 3 points.

Combe 1st Vs Winscombe Reserves

Won 5 – 1

After a 2 week lay off winscombe Res made the trip to Slade’s cross in a 2nd v 4th place game.
Combe settled down the quickest and in the opening 10 minutes Sam rowswell hit the post from long range,the visitors were counter attacking well though and kept the home side on their toes.
Combe were really pressing now and on 20 minutes Jack Steer scored after a bit of a goalmouth scramble.
The saints kept pressing but after a bad pass winscombe made the home side pay equalising from long range.
Combe didn’t let this effect them and after a great run by Jack Steer he fed the ball through to Kieran Manley who toe poked the ball past the keeper.
With 5 minutes of the half remaining Jack Steer again got past his manand crossed to kieran but his heavy touch was saved by the keeper but poked home by Joe Allen to make it 3.0 at half time.
2nd half got underway and Combe were relentless now and went for their 4th goal, after Joe Allen hit the post and a long range effort by Sam rowswell clipped the crossbar Combe got a free kick which was volleyed in by Adam Male.
Winscombe were on the ropes now and with 15 minutes left kieran Manley got his 2nd from just inside the box.
Great effort by all the lads to record a big win after a couple weeks off.

Combe 1st Vs Somerton Reserves 7/12/2019

Won 1 – 0

Somerton were the visitors to Slade’s cross this weekend to play a flying Combe.
The home side settled quickly and were on top in the early stages and were unlucky not to take the lead through half chances by Jack Steer and Dan anjos.
The all important goal came on 30 minutes with a good team move ending with Jordan Fowler smashing a cracking half volley past the visiting keeper.
2nd half Combe pressed for a 2nd but just lacked a little in the last 3rd giving somerton a chance of sneaking an equaliser but Combes young charges held firm and saw out the game superbly.
A fantastic 3 points for the lads with the squad pushed to it’s limits through injuries and illnesses.

Donyatt Utd Vs Combe Reserves 7/12/2019

Won 1 – 5

We were in control from the first minute and deservedly came away with 5 goals and 3 points. We didnt start our best, with us trying long balls over simple passing but we didnt get punished with us being faster and hungrier for the loose balls.

We did start getting into our own game and 20 minutes in some lovely link up play brought the ball from the halfway line from Stephen Every into Neil Govier who played in debutant Joel Smith who finally fed Tom Lee to calmly slot home into the bottom right hand corner.

Combe maintained the pressure and 10 minutes later were rewarded as a poor Donyatt clearance landed at the feet of Alfie Robins who finished nicely on the edge of the box. The third goal then came from more good play from our front players allowing Joel Smith to get his third goal in a Combe shirt in three games, but his first for the reserves after impressing in the third team.

The midfield need to be recognised as they commanded the ball at all times, regularly winning the ball in the centre of the park and leading the attacks.

In the second half we started brightly and Neil Govier ran through past the tired defence and finished nicely with the outside of his right foot to kill any Donyatt hopes for a strong comeback.

Striker Jordan Capper has taken some stick from the team recently after not scoring in 6 games since his debut in a pre season friendly, but he made it 2 goals in 2 after glancing a header off of a Neil Govier cross to make it 5-0.

The defence were superb throughout and didnt allow anything from Donyatt to be a real threat, but dream of a second clean sheet this season was ruined when Donyatt won a penalty from a foul by Stephen Every on the edge of the box. Keeper Joe Draper who otherwise commanded his box very well all game was unlucky to dive the wrong way and the score ended 5-1.

A great team performance and MOTM went to Jacob Boobyer who started his second game in at right back and grew in confidence as the game went on, supported well by the experience of captain Ryan Peasland next to him.

One more game before Christmas sees us away to Forton Rangers Reserves. We will look to get another 3 points to help keep the pressure on Lyme and Dowlish who are not far in front.

A quality performance from Combe all round. #UTFC

Combe Ladies Vs Cheddar Ladies

Won 4 – 1

Here’s the match report…. So apparently revenge taste sweet, well our Combe ladies had a cheesecake banquet at Cheddars expense. After a defeat on the road , the tables were turned for the return home match. The first half kicked off under bitter Siberian conditions and it looked more like I was watching frozen 2 with 22 olafs desperately trying to keep warm rather than any constructive football being played. Whether manager Gary Biss gave the girls the hair dryer treatment or just 10minutes in the warm did the trick we will never know, but whatever it was it worked , the girls came out ready for action in the 2nd half. Girl on a mission midfielder Fiona Maguire decided single handed she would win this game. Although receiving alot of battering she gave as good as she got. Her efforts were soon rewarded by opening the days goals. With chances not being taken, Fiona again pushed forward and struck a beauty to claim her second and settle the teams nerves. When there are goals on the menu regular scorer Poppy Hill will gladly help herself, and so she added a 3rd for Combe. The entire team relaxed and played some great attractive to watch football, some genuine enjoyment was clear to see as wave after wave of Combe attacks nibbled away at Cheddars’ crumbling defense. Whether she likes it or not Sadie Cox was phenomenal once again in defence. Local New player Pheobe Chadwick has settled in well bringing some composure to Combes defence. A great balance to Charlie Orr spontaneously entertaining style of play. As the game came to a close stand out player of the day, and performance of the season so far Fiona Maguire put the cherry on the cake 🎂 and claimed her hatrick. Even as the game was clearly won the girls still had time to put one last attack together, a slick team effort finished off by goal poacher Poppy Hill.
Watching this match reminded me of a one night stand I once had…………if you’re doing it outside in the cold things don’t always look that impressive!!!! But if a girl is determined enough , she can still get multiple results.

Combe 1st Vs Nailsea Utd Res - 30/11/19

Won 3 – 2

The saints were home to nailsea utd Res knowing if they let their foot off the gas the visitors were the type of team who could knick a result.

Combe started brightly and forced a smart save from the nailsea keeper after good approach play ended in an Adam Male shot.

The home team continued to press and got their 1st goal from a good through ball to Joe Allen who scored his 1st goal for the saints
Combe continued to apply the pressure and had numerous half chances but couldn’t apply the final product.
With 10 minutes of the half remaining nailsea counter attacked and shot from distance which just evaded Nath Fisher in the Combe goal.
In the 1st opening exchanges of the 2nd half a defensive slip allowed in the visiting forward who scored from a tight angle.
Combe kept their heads and got an equaliser through a great finnish from Jack Steer after a defensive mix up.
By now the visiting keeper was keeping Combe at bay but with 20 minutes to go a free kick was put in and new signing Sam rowswell rose well at the far post to head home.

Nailsea pressed for an equaliser but Nath Fisher’s handling was equal to the job and kept the visitors at bay to secure the points stayed at Slade’s cross.

Farway Reserves Vs Combe Reserves - 30/11/19

Won 1 – 4

On a nice and chilly day Combe A travelled to Axminster 4G with hopes of progressing into the next round of the Bill Bailey Cup.

Combe A started with a nice quick tempo and within 2 minutes the ball was worked down the right hand side nicely by Harry Clifford who gave the ball to Joel Smith on the edge of the box. He took on two players and tried to bring it back onto his right instead of hitting it with his left and it went agonisingly wide.

Combe A kept pressing Farway in the first half with no luck but 25 mins in Mark Cormack swung in a brilliant ball which landed at the feet of Joel Smith who shot right at the keeper but the signs were there that Combe A were gunna score soon.

The deadlock was eventually broken on the 32 min mark when the Farway defence failed to clear the ball in the area. Sam Bond arrived in the box to lob the keeper from a half volley to give Combe the lead.

Combe wanted one more goal before halftime and it looked like they were gunna get it from a counter. All starting with a tackle from make shift CB Stuart Guest making the tackle and quickly releasing the ball to Maxim Patch. He then looked up to find Joel Smith who drove at the Farway defence turning into and out. He then looked up to find Harry Clifford down the right whos strike was saved by the Farway keeper.

Half time 1-0 Combe

The lads went back out to the second half with only one change and that was Cameron Putt coming on for Stuart Guest.

Combe started the second half slowly letting Farway dictate the pace of the game and allowing them to play some nice football. Luckily the back 4 of Cameron, Mark, Jamie and Ash were too good for the Farway attack and quickly stopped any attempt on goal.

After the combe players woke up in the second half it was back to normality with combe creating chance after chance.

Combe eventually got a second on the 53rd minute mark when Jamie Pedlar picked the ball hp from the back. He quickly gave it to Sam Bond in the middle who noticed the clever run of Steve Baker to split the Farway defence open. Steve let the ball bounce before chipping the Farway keeper unfortunately it hit the crossbar but Steve was on hand to bury the rebound with a header.

No more than 5 minutes after the second combe found themselves playing some really attractive football all starting from Mikey Symes in goal. Dan Wilcox picked the ball up on the right looked up to see Max Patch in space in the middle and played the ball with the intention of a 1-2. Max chose to ignore the run of Dan to look up and see Joel running through the middle he picked the pass perfectly with the outside of his boot to put Joel in on goal. There was only one outcome from Joel going through on goal and that was to make it 3-0 to combe

Combe made there second change of the game with Jamie Lillington coming on for Harry Clifford. This resulted in Cam moving further up the pitch to RM this turned out to be a smart move.

Jamie and Cam linking up down the right side of the pitch with a quick pass and move to allow Cam space down the right. He was picked out nicely and with time to put in a delicious ball into the ball. Arriving late was Max Patch who converted from Cam’s cross with a naughty little finish into the top corner to cap off his Man of the Match performance.

Combe then made two more changes with Jack Woodhouse coming on for Joel Smith and Stuart Guest reentering the pitch for Steve Baker.

With combe fully in control of the game we switched off and allowed Farway to ping the ball around a bit and it costs us. This led to there number 12 backing up into Jamie Pedlar and cleverly winning a penalty off him.

The penalty was buried into the bottom right corner from Farway this was a kick in the teeth as that was their only shot on target the whole game.

Combe weren’t content with 4 goals they wanted more and they came very close to adding another goal. Nice football between Max, Cam and Sam led to Max breaking into the box he pulled the ball back for Jack Woodhouse whos shot was blocked by the defender.

With 5 minutes left of the match the gaffer Thomas Woodhouse come on for Daniel Wilcox. The sub didn’t affect the game as it finished 4-1 to Combe A who progress into the next round where they will play Merriott Saints.

Overall a brilliant performance by Combe A who could of won the game by 7 maybe 8 goals but a win is a win and they carry on the unbeaten season.

Chard Rangers Vs Combe Reserves - 30/11/19

Won 1 – 4

Combe started off the blocks nice and quickly with a Jack Dallimore shot only just spilling out of the keepers hands ready for a grateful Neil Dallimore to poke home, much to the Rangers keepers dismay.

The reserves were rusty to start on a poor pitch, and some sloppy play led to Rangers striker Kev Cavanagh scoring to make it 1-1. This would prove to be the last joy Rangers got however.

Another contraversial moment saw Jordan Capper win the ball from the Rangers left midfielder, who appealed for a foul, but the ref waved play on and the ball was played from a returning Stephen Every through to Alfie Robins who found the top right hand corner from the left of the pitch.

Combe controlled the game from there and rarely looked like conceding with an overall solid back 4 with Jason Newbery in the sticks. The third goal was Combe’s first without controversy, with a Neil Govier corner being gratefully nodded in by former Chard Ranger player Jordan Capper with his first of the season.

The half time break saw Rob Dyer and Jordy Gold come on for the injured Charlie Hine, who had taken a big hit 10 minutes into the game but battled through and Jacob Boobyer who had made his first start for the reserves, and soon Tom Lee came on for Jack Dallimore.

Stephen Every won the ball and put in Tom Lee who easily found the bottom right hand corner to make it 4-1.

The game was all but won, with Combe pushing for a fifth, and it was manager James Gilbert who came on and was put in for a glorious chance by Neil Govier, but sadly the shot was too easy for the keeper to deal with and the result stayed at 4-1.

The team voted for Alfie Robins as man of the match, but honorable mentions surely need to go to Stephen Every and Neil Govier who both had fine games on a boggy pitch. Everyone played their part in a win that sees Combe get back to third in the league with a game in hand on the teams 5 points clear.

We go again next week away to Donyatt.

Crewkerne Rangers Ladies Vs Combe Ladies - 24/11/19

Lost 2 – 1

On paper this game should of been straight forward as Combes’ ladies had already taken victory over Crewkerne on the home fixture. But as always in football anything can happen, this game had goals,bad tackles,cards and even crowd trouble😉. From the get go things were apparent something was rotten in Denmark. Being and eleven aside game,fielding just 9 players is always challenging and definitely suited the squad of Crewkerne so they could regularly rest and rotate the team. The physical approach and game plan of Crewkerne proved to be the winning factor on the day. Lumping it in any direction was ultimately very frustrating to play against and the Combe girls had no plan b. Throughout the 90 mins combe had by far the better chances but shooting boots were obviously left at home. A huge combined effort was given from the entire team none more so than makeshift centre half Sadie Cox who’s aggressive defending certainly kept Crewkerne’s forwards quiet. Although some would argue Crewkerne were better on the ball and were more organized, Combe deserved at least a point to take home. After taking the lead via season debutante Alice Ruckert Crewkerne fought back with an unstoppable goal from a player who may or may not of been legible to be on the pitch . With sloppy defending from a player out of position Combe fell 2-1 down. A very commendable attempt from all the players to get an equalizer but alas Crewkerne were on the day too strong. Hopefully all the girls were able to walk on Monday as the match officials quite clearly thought they were refereeing a rugby match and the welfare of our team was not as important as his own feelings being hurt!!!! A shambollock affair by officials on and off the pitch.
This match reminded me of a one night stand I once had…… It left a bad taste in my mouth.

Combe 1st VS Congresbury - 16/11/19

WON 1 – 0

Combe welcomed congresbury on the back of a 3 week layoff. Both sides cancelled each other out in the early stages of the game and was a competitive battle.
Combe had the 1st half chance through kieran Manley who shot wide from distance.
Nath Fisher the saints keeper was alert to save a long range effort midway through the half,as the game went on Combe began to take control of the midfield and so putting the visitors defence under pressure but it was goalless at halftime.
Combe started the 2nd half as they ended the 1st on top and were pressing for a goal but kept getting thwarted by a resilient defence.
The Saints made changes with 15 minutes remaining and Sam rowswell missed a good opportunity to score from close range but shot wide, Jordan Fowler hit the post with a shot with 5 minutes to go.
With the game looking to be a goalless draw Sam rowswell flicked the ball on for Adam Male to run onto with two defenders hounding him he kept his composure and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper in the 90th minute to give the saints the much deserved 3 points.

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Combe Ladies VS Isle of Wedmore - 10/11/19

WON 4 – 2

On the whole, not a memorable match on Memorial Sunday!!. After a 2 minute silence in respect of our servicemen and women, you’d be forgiven for thinking the match clock had stopped altogether, there was more life in a morgue than in the first 20 minutes of this game. Luckily the training match attitude quickly changed once combe found themselves 1-0 down. Their sloppy approach deserved no more, but regular goal scorer poppy hill kept shooting until finally getting one on target and drawing the girls back level. Stand in skipper Rosie Manning shone brightest in the first half and smashed in from 20 yards to the top corner . Combe now taking control soon added a third, a touch of fortune required as the keeper let poppy’s second goal through her legs. With a welcome return to the team, battler Jordan cole helped put in a shift in defence,midfield and claimed combes’ fourth goal via a deflected shot. As the second half got under way Combe went back to sleep and didn’t really get going again. Their young opponents kept politely knocking and persevered until they took a second goal. A very gentle game and a great example of fair play on both parts.Combe ladies have come a long way and and take away from this game, that they can still win even when they don’t play well. Stand out performances from Rosie Manning and Helen Ginger-ash.
Watching this match reminded me of a one night stand I once had… .even when conditions get a bit wet and sticky as long you get it in at the right end……everyone goes home happy😉

Draycott V Combe First - 19/10/19

Lost 4 – 2

The young saints travelled to mid table draycott in confident mood.
The visitors soon settled and played some nice football and had a good chance through Joe Allen but he saw his shot hit the bar.
5 minutes later Kieran Manley had a shot deflected just past the post.
Draycott broke out on the counter attack and got a goal against the run of play.
Combe kept the tempo up and got the equaliser through Adam Male.
Combe missed a few half chances before halftime and to be fair should have been leading.
With 50 minutes on the clock Adam Male turned neatly and finished from the edge of the box.
The home side made a substitution and went direct and got their rewards from poor defending with a tidy finish from 18 yards.
Draycott continued to be direct and got another goal from a defensive error.
Combe with 10 minutes remaining had a great chance through Charlie Male but when through one on one shot straight at the keeper.
With the game going into the last couple minutes poor defending again allowed the home forward to score from 20 yards.
Bad day at the office

Hawkchurch V Combe Reserves - 19/10/19

Lost 4 – 1

We knew we had a tough draw in the cup going away to Hawkchurch who are second and unbeaten in Division 1, but we were hopeful that we could pull off a shock with a good team even with some key players missing. Tom Lee and Charlie Hine returned from the firsts, and Jamie Lillington and Rich Barker were called up from the third team.

The game started evenly with Hawkchurch getting slightly more chances, but Joe Draper in goal pulled off a superb save to keep the game level 25 minutes in. The defenders were mainly solid and let very little through, but Joe was there to collect any scraps that did squeeze past them.

Jack Dallimore had the best chance down the other end, with a left foot volley from a tight angle hitting the post and bouncing along the line being gratefully collected by the keeper, leaving it goalless at half time.

We came out in the second half strong again, with Ayrton White and Alfie Robins coming on for Rob Dyer and Jordan Capper.

Hawkchurch got the first goal but Combe kept pushing and soon equalised through a good finish from Alfie Robins after some pinball in the Hawkchurch box. Combe were then the team with the momentum and looked like the team to score next, but some confusion in the box after a corner led to Hawkchurch scoring a nice goal into the top corner where Draper couldn’t reach.

The late goal took its toll on Combe who tried pushing forward but got caught being lazy on a corner where the smallest member of Hawkchurch’s team scored a header to make it 3-1. Combe had let their heads drop and another goal came as Jack Isaacs tried to slide in and clear the ball rolling over the line only to unfortunately bundle it into the goal.

4-1 doesn’t look great as a scoreline but it was representative of the game at all where for 75 minutes we gave Hawkchurch a really good go. We go back to the league next week against Donyatt so hopefully we can get back to winning ways!

Combe 1st V Middlezoy - 12/10/19


Middlezoy made the short trip to Slade’s cross top of division 2 and flying to play a Combe side short on numbers for various reasons.
Both teams soon settled and it was an even 1st 20 minutes before a needless foul by the saints resulted in a goal for the visitors from the set piece.
Combe were still pressing but zoy got their 2nd from their impressive centre forward.
The home side didn’t let this get them down and created good chances through Charlie Male, Adam Male and Dan anjos but went for the halftime oranges two goals down.
2nd half and the saints were looking after the ball alot better and got a goal back through Jack Steer.
Middlezoy were a little rattled at this point but got the next goal from a corner.
Combe went straight up the other end and got a cracking team goal after good work by Jack Steer and Kieran Manley resulted in Adam Male finishing well.
Unfortunately the reds didn’t learn from previous fouls and conceded another goal from a set piece.
The home side kept plugging away and with 10 minutes to go Adam Male got his 2nd to make it an exciting last few minutes of the game but middlezoy got a 5th in the dying moments to seal the victory and go through to the next round.

Combe 1st Vs Uphill Castle - 5/1019

Lost 1 – 2

Combe welcomed high flying division one team uphill castle to Slade’s cross in the 2nd round of the county cup knowing it would be a tough game.
Uphill soon took control of the game and took the lead on 8 minutes, the saints were at 6’s and 7’s with the visitors movement and so had to change formation to get a foot in the game.
Combe soon settled and were unlucky when Kieran Manley cut out a short back pass but saw his shot drift just wide of the goal.
2nd half and Combe came out a different side and upped their tempo and against the run of play conceded a 2nd goal after a defensive mix up.
The saints kept their heads up and got a goal back after great play by Joe Allen down the left crossed for a great header to make the last 15 minutes a tight affair.
Uphill showed their experience to see the game out and to progress into the next round.

Lyme Regis Rovers Vs Combe Reserves - 5/1019

Lost 2 – 1

Lyme were desperate to respond after our win at home two weeks ago and they started very brightly, having a shot go just wide 20 seconds in.

It was obvious that Combe had a battle on their hands and Lyme finally opened the scoring half an hour in when miscommunication at the back meant the ball wasn’t cleared from the edge of the Combe box and their striker hammered it home.

Combe got frustrated and started trying to play long balls over their defence and while Capper and Dallimore both had chances in the first half, the Lyme defence were able to easily win the headers to clear the ball each time it arrived.

Just before half time Combe conceded a silly free kick right on the edge of the box which the Lyme player lifted beautifully around the wall into the top right hand corner, making it 2-0 right on the stroke of half time.

Combe used the break to settle and remember what they do best, and started the half much better, passing the ball around with purpose. Tom Lee worked well with Neil Govier to score however it was judged to have been narrowly offside.

Combe continued and Neil Govier made the breakthrough, again after good play by Tom Lee. Combe continued to press in a very high tempo game and would have got the equaliser had it not been for two superb saves stopping the ball from going in the top corner from two Stephen Every strikes.

A disappointing score but a pulsating game and we can definitely take on the challenge to try and win the title this season if we stay focused and take it one game at a time. We go again next weekend against Shepton Beauchamp reserves.

Combe Ladies Vs Crewkerne Ladies - 6/10/19

Won 3 – 1

With 2 wins and a draw on the road, it was time Combe ladies entertained local rivals Crewkerne at the Combe fortess.
The first obstacle to over come was selecting a team and formation using only 9 players, a rule that forces you to match your opponents line-up.
An instant headache for manager Gary Biss even Mourinho would of struggled with.
With extra subs available, a lot of space on the pitch and a fitter looking squad a betting man would of thought an easy 3 pts were in the bag.
Straight from kick off it was easy to see the last minute tactical changes weren’t working.
Combe looked like the confused dancing Granny on “Britains got talent” being flung around trying to get a break and find their feet.
However, the ladies “Assembled” and adapted to the job at hand.

The wind blew against them……
they blew back!
The sun shone in their eyes……
They shone brighter!
The slope tired them out…….

The game went on.
Poppy provided the usual hurricane down the right hand side and Roxy provided a more calm strategy on the left wing with some great one two’s getting into some great crossing positions.
It was Roxy’s approach that lead to the break through Crewkerne’s barriers.
A great defence splitting pass from “Man of the match” Helen left Roxy to swing in a cross come shot that wrong footed the keeper….it was in.
The team looked instantly settled after taking the lead, Rosie took control of the game and started pulling all the strings.
She swung in yet another trade mark corner that Crewkerne failed to deal with.
Helen not only defending like a pro showed the frontline how to finish into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.
The smiles on the Ladies faces were soon wiped away when Helen uncharacteristically slipped leaving keeper Jamie out of position and the forward finished well.
The second half should of been straight forward, down hill, with the wind and fresh subs at the ready.
Crewkerne stood strong, but Combe always looked like they could go up a gear or two.
Defenders Terry, Steff ,Jenna, Charlie, Helen and Miki all composed themselves well and mopped up all the sparks Crewkerne tried to create.
Rosie expressed passing ability that would earn her a place in any team.
Ky initially looked lost without midfield partner Fiona but by the end of the match she had covered every blade of grass and reminded every Crewkerne ex-team mate what they were missing.
Sadie’s endless energy will be long remembered in the Crewkerne defences minds, never giving them a second to settle, she may not of got on the score sheet but her efforts were worth a goal for the team.
Beth too helped tire the defence but got caught offside before setting up Rosie’s disallowed goal.
It took a stroke of genius from alcohol side lined team captain Kelly. standing in as “Tactical co-ordinator” she placed Poppy into her favoured central forward position and she netted a Roxy cross in less than 1 minute.
The game was put to bed, yet another excellent job well done.

Their performance this week reminded me of a one nightstand I once had……
Sometimes the chemistry isn’t there,
But if you finish well………….who cares?

Combe Veterans Vs Huish Tigers - 6/10/19

Lost 1 – 6

It was always going to be a tough week for Combe as many of the legends were unavailable.
However it paved way for some new blood and Craig Tovey and 69 year old Ian Manley both made first appearances.
However when a couple of lads didn’t turn up for kick off the vets went out with 10 men.
Starting a man down against a strong Huish Tigers side was always going to be a challenge and at the end of the first half Combe had fallen to 3 goals down.
But at half time reinforcements arrived and the spirits of the lads lifted as original Combe legend Luc Logan arrives and who knows what is in his box of tricks!
Back up to full strength Combe came out strong but let another one in after 10 mins.
Step up Alex Paul from the kick off, a little nudge from Nez and Alex smashes it from the half way line and the whole field watched it glide over the keepers head into the back of the net!
Could this be the start of a Combe come back – unfortunately not as man if the match keeper Steve Chadwick took a head to the face (not the other way around as some may suggest) and had to take an on field role up front.
Northy put his hand up to go in goal and looked like the son of Peter Shilton as he pulled off some show boat saves to keep the vets hopes alive.
It was a spirited performance from the Saints against a well drilled physical side but with tired legs and no subs it drained every ounce of energy from the boys. Next match is home against Street and the old boys will be looking to get one over on them!

Combe 1st Vs Banwell - 28/0919

Drew 1 – 1

Banwell were the visitors to Slade’s cross to take on the saint’s with some fantastic form in tow.
Combe started the game well and were working hard to keep the opposition at arms length.
Banwell threatened on the counter attack but both teams were battling hard.
Jack Steer was unlucky with a half chance as the game was bubbling along nicely.
With 10 mins remaining Banwell scored a great team move ending with a fantastic long range effort into the top corner.
Combe came out flying 2nd half and Jack Male had a shot saved by the keeper,the saint’s had their tails up and a cracking run down the line by Joe Allen resulted in a cross that the keeper parried on to the post only for Jack Steer to tap in,game on.
The reds were flying now and the away keeper was sent off for pulling down Kieran Manley when he was in on goal but with half chances falling to Charlie Male, Dan Anjos and Sam Sheldrake it just wasn’t meant to be and so both teams shared the points.

Ilminster Town A Vs Combe Reserves - 28/09/19

Won 1 – 3

A dominant display from the off. Within 5 minutes we had set up camp in their half and had three shots. We continued to feed Govier and Robins who had efforts go wide or be saved, but it was clear that the game was ours for the taking of we could capitalise on our dominance.

The first half was a frustrating one however, with our dominance not leading to a goal. Stephen Every tirelessly bossed around the midfield with Charlie Hine and Tom Lee but 25 minutes we momentarily went down to 10 men with Stephen Every in the sin bin for 10 minutes for dissent.

Ilminster failed to take advantage however and right at the start of the second half, Every made his return to the pitch count with a cross to Charlie Gibson who headed the ball to the near post to see the keeper spill it in.

Celebrations didn’t last long however as Ilminster quickly got a goal back after their striker managed to go one on one with Joe Draper who otherwise had little to do.

Combe kept pushing and it was Ayrton White who put the ball forward for Tom Lee to beat their left-back with ease before blasting the shot to the far bottom corner of the net.

Combe had a scare when the Ilminster striker somehow had an empty net to volley in to but under pressure from Joe Draper running to block the shot from behind him, the striker scuffed it wide.

Every went on a fabulous run with 5 minutes to go, getting sandwiched by two Ilminster defenders leading to a free-kick which Tom Lee beautifully whipped into the top right-hand corner.

The defenders once again showed their strength in not allowing much past them, putting the ball back into the Ilminster half early on. The front players looked bright, and once the team has finessed the deadly finishing, we will definitely be a force to be reckoned with in this league.

The result sees Combe top of the league but there is still a long season ahead.

Porlock Ladies V Combe Ladies - 22/09/19


Match report was written by Ian Banfield

“with a great opening day, 10-0 victory under their belts Combe ladies second match took a trip to the coast to face a more formidable opponent. Combes’ new squad was down to only 12 available players, so the team had to gel well and showed great versatility playing in various positions for the greater good of the team.
The game got off to a scrappy start. Porlock took advantage of their only two chances in the first half and netted both times. In reply, Combe had four good chances before Poppy Hill smashed the ball in from the edge of the box. The second half epitomised what Combe is all about, straight off the ladies piled on the pressure and Rosie Manning finished well to get back to 2-2. Porlock went up a gear and quickly took back a two-goal lead.
At 4-2 Combe could have dropped their heads but instead refused to lay down without a fight. On 75mins after some great persistence on her debut, Steph Paynter slid the ball into the corner to spark some hope.
Porlock raised yet another gear and claimed a 5th goal making it 5-3. Combe rolled up their sleeves and battled on, the game started to get a little heated and it wasn’t long before the ref gave a penalty to Combe for a deliberate handball. Midfield general Fiona Maguire hammered home a penalty Ronaldo would have been proud of. With just a few minutes to go Combe turned up the heat and won a corner. Set-piece specialist Rosie Manning swung in the perfect corner, the keeper fumbled it and it was over the line 5-5. Jamie, Charlie, Sadie, Jenna, Kelly , Terry, Poppy, Rosie, Ky, Steph, Fiona and Sadie(2) should be very proud of the away point they earned the team today.
As a spectator today I summarise Combes performance to a one night stand I once had……” it may not have been pretty, but it got the job done”.

Tunley Athletic V Combe 1st - 21/09/19


Combe made the long trip to Tunley buoyed by their 2nd half performance the previous week.
The game started scrappily and it was the home team who got the 1st goal from poor defending by the Saints within the 1st 5 minutes.
Combe never really got going in the 1st half and were playing at a slow tempo although did create half-chances for Jack Steer and Kieran Manley but Tunley controlled much of the half.
2nd half and the saints upped their work-rate and tempo and equalised through Jack Steer after a great cross from the young Manley.
With 15 minutes remaining, Adam Male bundled the ball over the line to give Combe the lead.
Combe again lost possession cheaply and the home side took advantage to equalise with 5 to go.
The visitors pressed and pressed for the winner and with two minutes to go a Sam Sheldrake long-range effort was spilt by the keeper and Jack Male finished well from a tight angle to give Combe the win.

Combe Reserves V Lyme Regis Rovers - 21/09/19


A deserved win for Combe in a tough battle against a physical Lyme Regis Rovers side. Under me, Combe has lost twice and drawn once against Lyme, one being that brilliant cup final game last season. This made the win even sweeter from my perspective!

Combe started fantastically. The front three of Capper, Dallimore, and Govier worked well to create chances and holding onto the ball well meant the midfielders Lee and Every could advance and create chances.

The deadlock was finally broken when the ball was fed into Dallimore who poked the ball forward into Govier’s path, who finished calmly passed their keeper into the bottom right-hand corner. Combe continued to push and deservedly went in at half time 1-0 up.

Lyme however pushed much harder in the second half and battled to try and find the equaliser. They attempted to find joy with long balls forward, but the center-back partnership of Isaacs and Peasland were both in top form. Gold came on in place of the injured White and put in arguably his best performance so far for Combe Res this season, whilst Dyer came on for Gibson halfway through the half and used his power to ensure their left winger had no joy.

Combe came close to a second goal to kill the game. First, Charlie Hine had a good chance just outside the box but it whistled past the post, while a Tom Lee free-kick hit the post in the last five minutes.

Combe held on for the win, and sit second in the league.

Combe 1st V Chew Magna 14/09/19


Combe hosted early Pacesetters chew magna in a much anticipated match.
The saints got off to a horror start conceding in the 1st 30 seconds after some poor play.
Chew had their tails up and were at the home side and had a couple of half chances.
Combe gradually got going and had a couple of shots through Kieran Manley and Sam Sheldrake, just as the half was finishing Combe gave away a poor free kick from which the chew player smashed into the top corner.
A change of formation in the 2nd half and it was all the saint’s putting on the pressure and it soon paid dividends when a chew defender handled in the box from which Adam Male took the penalty and scored.
Combe were relentless now and kept the pressure up and with 10 minutes to go Joe Allen was brought down in the box for another penalty, Adam Male stepped up to get the equaliser and a share of the points.

Galmington Dragons Firsts V Combe Res -14/09/19


We knew we had a tough draw in the cup but with our near strongest side available we started the game fantastically, showing Galmington that we were not here to be rolled over as many would have expected.

Our bright start and positivity paid off when Rich Barker’s attempted shot was prodded home by Neil Govier to put us 1-0 up.

We continued to play good football but conceded two quick goals; it could have easily been more had Joe Draper not made some superb saves.

We started the second half very brightly and dominated the ball for the majority of the half, creating several chances but not getting luck in front of goal. Jack Dallimore, Neil Govier and substitute Alfie Robins tested the defense regularly but in the 85th minute, we conceded the final goal putting the game to bed.

A 3-1 loss however we were minnows in this cup and if we play like that in the league, it’s a very exciting season ahead!

Combe 1st V Bristol Spartak - 7/09/19


The saints hosted higher league opposition Bristol spartak in the county cup.
Combe settled the quickest and got into playing at a high tempo but were playing quite direct.
This didn’t seem to be working so the management asked for more football to be played on the deck.
Jack Steer had a good chance saved midway through the half and then with 5 minutes to go before the halftime oranges a fantastic team move involving Kieran Manley, Jack Male and Dan Anjos ended with the latter finishing well when put through.
2nd half and the home side continued to press and had various chances through Jack Steer, Adam Male and a fantastic long range effort by Max Patch were all thwarted by the away teams keeper.
With 10 minutes of the game remaining Combes keeper Jason Newbury making his 1st team debut pulled off a cracking save which resulted in a corner,from the corner Combe went straight up the other end and scored through Adam Male to seal the match and put Combe in the hat for Tuesday’s draw.

Congresbury V Combe 1st 31/08/19


Combes young squad went to Congresbury with both teams near the top of the league.
Combe started well and got on the front foot with Joe Allen and Jack Steer both going close.
The home side looked dangerous on the counter attack and eventually took the lead with a fine finish.
With the half going into the final few minutes Kieran Manley and Jack Steer both went close but the home keeper kept them out.
2nd half and the saints continued to press and Kieran Manley scored when put through one on one with the keeper.
Combe had their tails up and could have had a penalty after good work by Dan Anjos who crossed for Kieran Manley to score but was being held back but the referee waved play on.
The home side got the next goal with a long range strike and secured the points with a header in the last couple minutes.
We played well and 3-1 wasn’t a fair result, we’ll dust ourselves down and go again this week.

Combe 1st V Yatton and Cleeve - 24/08/19


On a beautiful afternoon, Combe welcomed Yatton and Cleeve to their 1st home game of the season.
With the home side having 7 players out the squad was pushed to the limit with youngsters Tom Lee and Alfie Robin’s coming in to make their debuts.
Combe soon got into their stride and pressed Yatton back creating numerous chances but the away defense held firm.
A goalmouth scramble ended in a Yatton handball and Adam Male tucked away from the penalty.
Yatton looked dangerous on the counter-attack and got the equaliser from a free-kick.
2nd half and the saints kept the visitors pegged back and got another penalty for a handball and again Adam Male scored from the spot.
Yatton at this point was holding on and were defending well in last-ditch efforts, Combe switched off for a moment and Yatton got another goal to square things up.
The saints kept pressing but it just wasn’t meant to be on the day.
An excellent point in the end with having so many players missing.

Stockwood Green Res V Combe 1st - 17/08/19


Combe travelled to Stockwood with a couple players missing for holidays. In came Darren Dabinett and Gethyn Jenkins.

The saints soon got into a nice high tempo and took control with lots of pressure on the home sides defence.

1st chance fell to Kieran Manley who’s left foot lob hit the post and stayed out.

It wasn’t long before Combe got their 1st goal when Jack Male scored from a corner.

The goal seemed to kick start Stockwood and they equalised 5mins later.

Combe regathered and got a penalty after Gethyn Jenkins was bundled over in the box but the home custodian saved Jack Males effort.

10 minutes later the exact same scenario happened with Gethyn again bundled over but Jack Male put his penalty attempt wide of the target.

2nd half and it was one way traffic as Combe stepped up a gear and numerous chances but the Stockwood keeper was having the game of his life.

With a change of formation and 15 minutes to go Gethyn Jenkins got his first goal for Combe with a nice turn and finish.

The Combe youngsters relaxed and got another one with 10 mins remaining through a Jack Male screamer.

Stockwood green res 1 Combe 3

Banwell V Combe 1st - 10/08/19


The saints went to Banwell for their 1st game of the new season full of confidence after a decent preseason.

Combe settled quickly and flew into a 2 goal lead after good team moves for both goals Kieran Manley was on hand to take advantage and score a brace.

The home side then rejigged their formation and started getting into the game and got a goal back after a fantastic save from Nathan Fisher the Banwell striker was 1st to react.

Combe then settled again and Kieran Manley was unlucky not to get a 1st half hat-trick when his long range effort hit the crossbar.

2nd half Combe settled the quickest again and Sam Sheldrake scored from long range and Luke Perry scored from a neat finish.

Unfortunately Luke Perry got a nasty injury and this seemed to effect the young saints and Banwell got a goal back from the spot.

Combe continued to struggle and with 10 minutes left the home side got another.

Banwell by now were encamped in the saint’s half and with the game ebbing away from the home side they got a last minute penalty after some sloppy defending.

Fortunately Nath Fisher pulled of another great save to secure the saint’s all 3points on the road against a good Banwell side