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Come and Join Bradninch FC!

We get it…

Joining a new football club can be pretty nerve wracking, but at Bradninch FC we’ve been seeing new players each and every week at training, so we like to think we’ve got pretty good at making anyone feel welcome!

Whether you’re interested in playing, training or just socialising on a weekly basis, we’re always on the lookout for new people to come and join us at Kensham Park on a Wednesday night as we look to finalise our two senior squads for the 2019/20 campaign.

Whatever your age, ability or experience in the game, we’d love to see you! If you’ve got any questions or want to know more about training, just ping us a message!


Bradninch Rocks – Silent Auction

Bradninch Rocks has been given a fantastic piece of sporting memorabilia by Manchester United Football Club! This signed football will come with a certificate of authenticity including a matching hologram. The certificate of authenticity will be obtained following Bradninch Rocks when we are able to provide Manchester United some feedback on the success of our event.

YOU have a chance of winning this amazing prize by entering our silent auction!

To enter the silent auction simply follow the steps below:
1. Go to the Bradninch FC Facebook page and LIKE our page.
2. Select ‘Send Message’ and send us a private message starting “2019 Silent Auction”
3. Enter a bid that you hope will be enough to secure you this fantastic prize.

This silent auction will run from 21:00 on Saturday 6th July 2019 to 21:00 on Saturday 20th July 2019.

The highest bidder will win this signed football. We will contact you for payment within the following 24 hours.

This Adidas football has 13 Manchester United signatures. It is a valuable item and we are hopeful that the winning bid along with the various other fundraising activities will help sustain Bradninch Football Club for another year!

All profits from Bradninch Rocks go towards developing and maintaining the club for the benefit of everyone from our youngest youth sides to the local Bradninch Scouts and other community groups.

If you receive confirmation that you are the winner and you are attending Bradninch Rocks on 20th July 2019 then please do let one of our event organisers know!

Many thanks and the best of luck!

Golesworthy Cup Quarter Final Preview

Bradninch face tough test as they target back-to-back Golesworthy Cup semi-finals

Thursday 28th March
Kick Off: 7.30pm
Edenvale Park, Cullompton

It seems as if Spring is well and truly ready to welcome the business end of the football season; with evenings getting longer and pitches staying drier, midweek football has finally returned.

Often considered to be a critical point in any club’s campaign, the fixtures are coming thick and fast for Bradninch as they entertain Dunkeswell Rovers in the quarter final of the Golesworthy Cup.

The game comes just 48 hours after Bradninch fell short at Sidmouth, having put in a passionate performance that left them dropping out of the Grandisson Cup following a 2-0 loss to the Division 1 outfit.

Manager Stuart Murray was immensely proud of how his side played on Tuesday night and has urged each of his players to repeat the same level of work rate under the lights at Cullompton’s Edenvale Park.

Bradninch are no strangers to the Golesworthy Cup, having narrowly lost in the final last season to Upottery II, they know what it takes to raise their game in midweek competitions.

They’ll need that same level of intensity to overcome Dunkeswell Rovers, who enter Thursday’s game full of confidence after picking up four wins in their last six games.

The Division 5 side are currently sitting in 8th position but have a huge schedule to get through having only played 12 league games this season; winning seven, drawing two and losing three.

Once again, Bradninch will find themselves as underdogs come the first whistle, but that’s something Murray believes his side can thrive on as they look to cause an upset.

It’s no secret that form goes out the window when it comes to big games like this, and Bradninch will be more than eager to showcase the progressive football that’s been on offer all season.

Team News

With a staggering 36 Bradninch players making themselves available for this fixture, it comes as no surprise that everyone wants to feature under the lights on a Thursday night on Cullompton’s first-team pitch.

Both Murray and Bradninch Villa manager Leigh Brooks have worked together to select a match-day squad capable of overcoming Dunkeswell’s confident, attacking setup.

Bradninch will make a total of five changes from the squad that faced Sidmouth II in the Cup on Tuesday night, with the first of those being between the sticks.

Goalkeeper Alan Rodgers comes in for Carl James, whilst Todd Scrace is now available for selection and will add another option to the heart of defence.

Midfielders Harry Buxton and Harry Coombe return to the squad after missing Tuesday’s trip to Sidmouth, whilst experienced striker John King comes in to provide another option in attack.

Bradninch Town squad: A. Rodgers, J. Vincent, T. Scrace, W. Birley, T. Brown, R. Shrewsberry, L. Scrace, H. Coombe, O. Buxton, H. Buxton, C. Goff, C. Wright, J. King, M. Rawlings, A. Cottrell.

Please feel free to come down and support the boys as they look to book their spot in the Golesworthy Cup semi-final. Kick off is from 7.30pm at Edenvale Park, Cullompton.

PREVIEW: Bradninch Villa vs. Amory Green Rovers II

  • Saturday 2nd March
  • Kick Off: 3pm
  • Kensham Park, Bradninch

Form Focus
Bradninch Villa: D W W L L
Amory Green Rovers II: D L L L L

When Bradninch Villa first kicked off their season, the target was clear; aim for a top half finish and look to improve an ever-expanding squad.

Manager Leigh Brooks will be fairly content with how those plans are working out so far, but a major spike in form over the Christmas period has left him and his players wanting promotion to Division 7.

With it still undecided on how many teams will go up at the end of the season, Bradninch Villa are continuing to fight for every point on offer.

Having fallen to defeat in each of their last two fixtures, it’s clearer than ever that there can’t be room for any further slip ups.

With just eight games left of the campaign, the next challenge for Villa sits with an Amory Green Rovers side that are having struggles of their own.

The Tiverton outfit have failed to register a single win during the 2018/19 campaign and only managed to pick up their first point a few weeks ago in a 2-2 draw with Priory II.

Nevertheless, the recent game against Exmouth Town III showed the Villa squad that there is no such thing as an easy game, and they will once again have to be at their very best to take away all three points.

The two sides are yet to meet this season but will be eager to get going in the Devonshire sunshine following a week of record February temperartures.

And whilst things may not be so bright when looking at Villa’s recent form, Brooks will be more than happy so long as his side come out of the traps fighting from the very first minute.

Team News

Villa will be forced to make changes to the side that ran out as 7-2 losers in the last outing against Exmouth Town III just under two weeks ago.

Harry Coombe will drop out from the midfield as he takes on personal commitments over the weekend, meaning there will be boots to fill in the middle of the park.

Having enjoyed a string of consistent performances over the course of the season, central defender Tim Brown will be gutted to miss out this weekend meaning a spot opens up in the back four.

Centre forward Tyler Long and Liam Upham complete the absentee list, whilst Jake Lewis continues his recovery to full fitness as he works towards a return next season.

Absentees: H. Coombe, T. Brown, T. Long, L. Upham, J. Lewis

All are welcome to come and support the boys this this weekend as they look to return to form. Kick-off is from 3pm at Kensham Park.

PREVIEW: Bradninch Villa vs. Exmouth Town III

Villa must take positives from Dawlish defeat as they look to return to winning ways this weekend.

Saturday 16th February
Kick Off: 3pm
Kensham Park, Bradninch

Form Focus

Bradninch Villa: W D W W L

Exmouth Town III: D L L D L

Nearly two months into the year, Bradninch Villa will look to play only their fifth game of 2019 following two weeks’ worth of weather that has forced their Saturday afternoons to be cancelled.

Leigh Brooks’ side have been itching to get back out onto the pitch in order to make amends for their 2-0 defeat to league leaders, Dawlish United, during their last run out.

That was marked as Villa’s first loss in nine games and Brooks urged his squad to take positives from a performance that showed confidence and composure, right from the first whistle.

Following some adverse weather conditions, Villa’s fixture list sees them go from playing the table toppers to second bottom of the league as they welcome Exmouth Town III to Kensham Park.

Things have been difficult for the South Devon side, who are yet to pick up a point on the road so far this season. Despite that, they have maintained their determination to see out games with everything they’ve got until the last kick of the ball.

In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Villa saw off this Exmouth side 10-2 but things weren’t as easy as the score line suggests. Brooks will need his side to be as equally fired up in order to take control of the game against a side that never know when they’re beaten.

Promotion is becoming a real consideration for Villa now and one bump in the road to Division 7 football can’t let heads drop in the dressing room, especially with so many fixtures still to play.

Saturday afternoon poses a real opportunity for Villa to get back to winning ways, but all the players are realistic enough to know they will need to be at their best for 90 minutes.

Team News

Following two weeks of no football it’s not a surprise that Brooks has a full squad of players ready and raring to go, with all areas of the pitch more than covered.

Goalkeeper Carl James returns to the team following a successful recovery period on a sprained wrist. James is looking to pick up his third clean sheet of the season this weekend.

After his absence from the Dawlish game, Steve Boyce will return to the side and look to improve on his impressive goal tally for the season as he slowly catches up top goal-scorer James Howe.

Carrying on with good news, club captain Jake Lewis is entering the latter stages of recovery after he recently re-joined the squad working on his fitness during full training on Thursday night.

Absentees: L. Upham, J. Lewis

Captains Comments – Todd Scrace

“All the boys are raring to get back to winning ways after the loss at Dawlish and having had two weeks without football. The game against Dawlish wasn’t easy going, a well-shaped opposition and horrible conditions didn’t allow us to play our normal way. There wasn’t a lot in it but at the end of the day they put the ball in the net two more times than we did.

Everyone is aware of what happened last time at Exmouth, but we must erase that from memory and focus on the task in hand.”

All are welcome to come and support the boys this this weekend as they look to return to form. Kick-off is from 3pm at Kensham Park.

Bradninch Rocks 2019

Bradninch Rocks will be back for its 12th year on Saturday 20th July; at the home of Bradninch FC Kensham Park; gates open from 3pm till late. As always this is one of the biggest events in the Bradninch calendar and we look forward to welcoming a bumper crowd.

The lineup will be announced soon. We’re also on the lookout for local sponsorship so we can maintain local football for all age groups. If you’re a local company that could help please get in touch.

Organised by members of Bradninch Football Club, ‘Rocks’ aims to raise funds to sustain and develop grass-roots football in our community through investment in new equipment and improving our facilities.

All profits from Bradninch Rocks go towards developing and maintaining the club for the benefit of everyone from our youngest youth sides to the local Bradninch Scouts and other community groups.

It isn’t all about the music and there are multiple exciting activities to cater for everyone’s needs. You won’t find yourself going hungry or thirsty with food, Scout’s tent as well as a fully licensed Beer Tent courtesy of The Castle Pub.

The festival was first organised in 2007 and has been repeatedly a huge success, every year since.

See you all on the 20th!

Preview: Town v Chagford

Town are back at home tomorrow afternoon against Chagford as they look to make it two wins in a row for only the third time this season.

Form Focus

Town – WDDLD

Chagfod – LLLLL

Chagford, who currenty sit bottom of the table – having conceded thirty three goals in their last six games, will be looking to resurrect their season with a win at Kensham Park.

The last time the two sides went head to head Town were victorious by five goals to one. The game marked the debut of Eliot Acton who off of the bench, scored a brace – inlcluding a thunderbolt from just past the half-way line.

A look at the visitors

Chagford have won just one game this season, drawing three and being on the losing side thirteen times. They have scored twenty four goals whilst shipping sixty seven at the other end.

Eliot White is the clubs leading goalscorer with five goals in fourteen appearances, Wesley Frewin and Daniel Stone both have three to their name.

Team News

Returning to this weeks squad is Owen Buxton, he sat out last weekend through injury. Also coming back is youngster Max Foster and Josh Wright.

There is no Ryan Shrewsberry or Josh England who are both unavailable this weekend.

The squad is as follows:

Rodgers, Reed, Reed, Birley, Buxton, Vincent, Foster, Buxton, Leaney, King, Acton, Piper, Wright, Cottrell, Wright.

Words from the Captain

Speaking on last weekends result, Birley said:

“It was a massive three points for us. We defended really well and took our chances when they came about. We’ve been working really hard on different things in training and it’s quite clear that it’s benefiting us on a Saturday.”

When asked about this weekends game, he added:

“We want to make it two on the bounce. And of course continue what is a fine home record over the last year or so. The boys are hungry for another three points so that’s what we have every intention of winning.”


Preview: Dawlish United II v Villa

Bradninch Villa will face one of their toughest tests of the season so far as they travel to top of the table Dawlish United II, with both sides in electric form.

  • Saturday 26th January
  • Kick Off: 3pm
  • Sandy Lane, Dawlish

Form Focus

Bradninch Villa: W W D W W

Dawlish United II: W W W L W

All signs point to this being a Division 8 classic with Villa beginning to make up for their slow start to the campaign having lost just once in their last nine games in all competitions.

An important three points came last weekend against fellow promotion hopefuls, Sandford II, allowing Leigh Brooks’ side to continue their momentum and climb the table in search of Division 7 football next season.

However, one game at a time couldn’t be truer for this weekend as they take on Dawlish’s second string, a team that have picked up a staggering 42 points from just 15 games.

Whilst it may be too late to catch the league leaders, Villa have their sights set on some of the teams just above them, with it still unclear on just how many clubs will be promoted this season.

Extra sessions in the week and increased focus at training have helped the boys recently and Brooks having a regular group of faces to utilise to the best of their ability on a Saturday afternoon.

The old saying goes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ and despite how the difference in the two sides may look on paper, there’s no plan for Villa to do anything differently this weekend.

Brooks will be keen to see more of the same this weekend; confident, organised, attacking football that will cause issues for the Dawlish players in all areas of the pitch.

Team News

In what will be their second away game of 2019, Villa will be without some key attacking names as they attempt to be only the second side this season who pick up all three points against Dawlish.

Second in the top goal-scorer ranks, Steve Boyce, is forced to miss out due to personal commitments, meaning there’s a gap to be filled in the number 10 role this weekend.

Also missing out is Tom Rhodes and Liam Upham, with the latter attending University this weekend and unable to make it back to Devon.

Brooks will welcome Nathan Hodge back into the fray following two weekends away from the setup, boosting his options in the middle of midfield.


  • Rhodes
  • Boyce
  • Upham
  • Lewis

Captain’s Comments – Todd Scrace

“Saturday’s performance against Sandford II was superb. We knew that they were up there with the points but as always, we played our football and, in the end, won quite comfortably.

Dawlish is obviously our biggest test, but I have full faith that the football we have been playing is good enough to beat and keep out any team in the division.

Every player is beginning to show confidence and competence in every aspect of our tactics and it’s hugely rewarding to see.”

Find out how the boys get on this weekend by following Bradninch Football Club on social media.



Preview: Offwell Rangers v Town

Town, this week without gaffer Stuart Murray, head to Offwell Rangers in search of their first victory of the year.


Offwell Rangers: LLDLW

Bradninch Town: DDLDW


When the two sides met at Kensham Park on the 1st of December, the spoils were shared as the sides drew 2-2. A brace from Eliot Acton put Bradninch two goals ahead but for two goals in the last five minutes for Offwell which denied Town all three points.


Town, now led by newly re-appointed skipper Will Birley, have somewhat turned a corner since the turn of the year with two convincing points accumulated thus far.

The return of Charlie Leisk to the Town squad has been well received from the Ninch faithful as he solidifies his position in the midfield three. It must also be mentioned that the goalkeeping addition of Alan Rodgers has been what would appear to be a great signing, with the shot-stopper pulling off some remarkable saves last week in the clash against Exeter United.

Despite going two goals ahead (through King and Shrewsberry) against United, Town were unable to hold on after a second half full of non-stop pressure from the Hamlin Lane outfit.

Here’s what gaffer Stuart Murray had to say on last weeks result:

“I think it was a fair result in the end. Yes, we went two goals up but we couldn’t get out of our half in the second period of the game and that in the end, cost us. Despite it feeling like more points dropped, I’m delighted with the new positive attitude in the changing room. We’re bouncing back that’s for sure.”


Jordan Biss remains sidelined due to the shoulder injury that he picked up early on in the season. However, returning to action this week is Eliot Acton, Tim Piper, Owen Buxton, Matt Leaney and Josh England.

Eliot Acton, the teams leading goalscorer with seven goals in nine appearances, will be relishing the opportunity after having a few weeks off Skiing with teammate Tim Piper.

Dropping out of the side from last weekends result is young Josh Wright as he is unavailable.


“We’re in a good place. I’ve spoken with all of the boys and basically told them that we’re starting a fresh this year. We’ve regrouped and are slowly but surely rebuilding to perform to a better standard than what we were earlier in the season.

We’ve recently started a new training regime where we’re actually working on things rather than just having a kick-around. It’s always difficult to implement that kind of thing at such a low level of football, but the boys have really taken it on and they seem to be not just enjoying it, but also developing from it.

There’s a few lads that are slowly coming into match fitness, Jovi Jenkins and Danny Cork both have started to look really sharp in training lately and I’m certain they will soon be ready to step up on a Saturday and show the league what they can do.

We know that it’s about rebuilding now. We’re not being unrealistic with our targets. I’m confident in who we have in our squad, and the atmosphere is really starting to improve. We’ll be back to our best soon, I’m sure.”

All are welcome to make the trip to support the lads in Offwell tomorrow afternoon as Town, this week led by John King and Jonny Reed, will be looking to strike victory for the first time in 2019.


Preview: Villa vs Sandford II

Villa have the chance to ‘cement the foundations’ this weekend as they welcome Sandford II for Division 8 six-pointer

Saturday 19th January
Kick Off: 2.15pm
Kensham Park, Bradninch

Form Focus

Bradninch Villa: L W W D W

Sandford II: L L W D L

With all the talk of taking the season ‘one game at a time’, Bradninch Villa will have one eye on an automatic promotion place as they gear up for one of their most important fixtures.

Leigh Brooks’ side have turned a corner and are starting to see their positive attitude and grounded football rewarded with points, helping them climb the table on consecutive weeks since the beginning of November.

This weekend things step up a notch as they welcome fifth placed Sandford II to Kensham Park, a venue that’s proved tricky for plenty of visitors so far in the campaign.

Villa have the chance to close the gap between them and the East Devon side to just three points, should they pick up a vital win.

If they pull it off, the chances of automatic promotion to Division 7 will be handed a massive boost and set the boys up with confidence as they head into a testing fixture pile-up in February.

Last weekend’s 3-0 win over Tedburn St Mary II may look good on paper, but everyone in the side would admit they were not up to the standards that Brooks expects on a Saturday afternoon. Goals from Max Rawlings, Tim Brown and Liam Holmes gave Villa the three points but everyone involved will need to up their game if they hope to see off Sandford II this weekend.

Team News

It’ll have been a long week for manager Brooks as he contemplates his starting XI with a near enough full squad at his disposal.

One person missing from his arsenal is Tom Rhodes, with the striker missing out despite an impressive performance last weekend that resulted in him assisting the goal that killed off the game.

For a second successive week, Brooks will be without fan-favourite, Nathan Hodge, who will have to miss out again due to family commitments.

Competition for places is becoming stronger week on week with Brooks noticing a considerable improvement in training over recent weeks. The focus now is to take that mentality into the game in order to get the very best out of the players that feature in green and black this weekend.

Absentees: N. Hodge, T. Rhodes, J. Lewis

Captain’s Comments – Todd Scrace

“Saturday’s game is hugely important to how the rest of the season pans out. It’s been a fantastic run since November and we’ve beaten some good teams above and below us but a win on Saturday cements the foundations we have been laying these past few months.

We’ve started 2019 in first gear really and haven’t played anywhere near our best. However, we’ve had the quality to grind out results. This week is the week we need a performance from everyone involved to get the three points.”

All are welcome to come and support the boys this weekend as they aim to continue their winning ways. Kick-off is at Kensham Park from 2.15pm.