Stalemate as Southmead and Colts cancel one another out
THE two Southmead Under-14 sides at the top of Division Two couldn't be separated as league leaders Southmead Colts let a one-goal lead slip against their fellow clubmen Southmead CS.
And this was despite having the better chances and also having the game's Star Man Joshua Butt, who put in a superb defensive display.
Southmead started the game brightly and inside the first minute Leevan Uhlyk went charging forward after picking up the ball halfway inside his own half, sprinting past four Colts defenders, but as he strode into the virtually deserted Colts half across came Joshua Butt with a superb covering challenge to halt Uhlyk in his tracks and prevent him from bursting clean through on goal.
The Colts then started to get into the game, Jonathan Paisley twice testing Ricky Haddow from outside the box inside the first ten minutes, but the keeper was equal to both of the low, driven efforts.
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The game then settled down into very much a midfield battle and, although the Colts had the majority of possession and the ball spent most of its time in the Southmead half, neither team was able to really penetrate and create any chances.
However, in the 20th minute the Colts took the lead when Sam Haggett's seemingly tame shot from a central position 35-yards out was completely misread by Haddow, who fumbled the bouncing ball into his own net to make it 1-0 to the league leaders. This remained the only goal in a first half devoid of chances and which instead was predominantly contested in the centre of midfield, with Paisley, Haggett and Jacob Walsh for the Colts engaged in a fierce battle with Southmead's Uhlyk, Nelly Gwija and Marcos Dacosta. The Colts got the second half underway, but it was Southmead who came closest in the opening stages when Dacosta's in-swinging corner fell kindly for Gwija just behind the penalty spot, but the big midfielder was leaning back as he got under the bouncing ball, sending it high and wide of the thus far untested Joshua Price's goal.
A minute later, the Colts came sweeping forward when Ben Trueman found James Kautz on the left, who held the ball up before slipping it in behind the defence right into Trueman's path after he continued his run into the box but, despite taking the ball around Haddow to the left of the goal, a slightly off-balance Trueman failed to keep his composure as he fired into the side-netting of an empty goal from ten yards out.
The same pair linked up twice more in the next few minutes, but each time Kautz failed to beat the keeper from the top left corner of the box, first shooting straight at Haddow before then firing wide of the far post in an attempt to lob the onrushing keeper.
The Colts were now starting to get on top with their midfield working hard and supporting Trueman well up front, while Butt continued to sniff out any threat of a Southmead attack and mop up the danger before anything could develop.
Nineteen minutes into the second half, the Colts thought they had doubled their lead when, after beating Haddow to Ellis Lymer's lofted through ball on the edge of the box, Kautz managed to get the ball under control and rolled it towards the empty net. However, before the ball crossed the line Colts' captain Trueman ran in and tapped it home to claim the goal for himself, but the linesman promptly raised his flag for offside against the Colts striker and the referee disallowed what would have been a certain goal had Trueman not touched the ball.
The Colts were made to pay for their wasted chances a few minutes later when Southmead equalised in rather scrappy fashion. After failing to deal properly with a corner, the Colts were too slow to react as Southmead captain Connor Davies hooked the ball back into a crowd of players from the back post.
Price wasn't able to claim the high ball among the swarm of bodies and, as it dropped, the ball was bundled over the line from close range by Joe Steedman to make it 1-1 with 12 minutes left to play.
Davies then turned from goal provider to goal preventer after Trueman's cross from the left flew beyond the poorly-positioned Haddow and Kautz turned the ball goalwards, but somehow Davies managed to get his body in the way of the shot before then winning the ball off Kautz with a strong and important challenge after Kautz had collected the rebound.
In the closing stages, Southmead burst forward with a quick counter-attack move after clearing a Colts corner, but after Uhlyk picked out Dacosta run in behind the defence the Southmead attacker couldn't convert the chance as he was forced wide by Ryan Cainey and fired his shot from a tight angle wide of the near post.
The Colts had had enough chances to take all three points, but ultimately failed to capitalise, while at the other end a strong defensive display ensured that they managed to largely subdue the Southmead strikeforce.
Southmead CS: Ricky Haddow, Scott Ford, Nick White, Josh Painter, Callum Berry, Adam Timothy, Connor Davies, Billy Reed, Leevan Uhlyk, Marcos Dacosta, Joe Steedman, Nelly Gwija, George Goddard, Mikey Grunshaw, Abdi Mohamed
Southmead CS Colts: Joshua Price, Pieter Beechgood, Joshua Butt, Ben Davies, Gabriel Sully, Ryan Cainey, Sam Haggett, Jonathan Paisley, James Kautz, Jake Dalton, Ben Trueman, Perran Blundell, Ellis Lymer, Sam Rendell, Jacob Walsh