Wells pulls the strings as Shire prove too strong for Keynsham
SHIRE Colts Ospreys maintained their unbeaten league record with a comfortable win over a Keynsham Town side who struggled to create much against their more physical opponents, largely thanks to a solid performance at the back by Star Man Joe Wells.
After a frantic first five minutes, Keynsham created a great chance to open the scoring when Shire skipper Charlie Wheeler misjudged the flight of Nathaniel Dewfall's superb diagonal pass, allowing Owen Smale to run in behind. But as Cameron Findlay came across to cover, the striker fired over the bar from just inside the box.
On 16 minutes, the ball was put into the Town net after Reed's cross from the right was nodded in at close range by Conor Martin. However, the visitors' celebrations were cut short as the referee noticed the linesman's raised flag and ruled out the effort.
After a predominantly scrappy start to the game, it was Shire who were now beginning to get on top with more of the possession as Keynsham's isolated lone striker, Smale, struggled to hold the ball up against four strong Shire defenders.
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The away side continued to pin Keynsham back and stuck the ball in the net for the second time 22 minutes in when Nicholls couldn't quite turn right-back Joe Wells' 35-yard effort out of the danger zone, and Euan Scott was on hand to tap home the loose ball. This time the goal stood and Shire were ahead.
Reed then brought Shire forward again when he cleverly beat his man on the right wing before driving infield towards the near post. Just before Reed could poke the ball goalwards, across came Callum Lee with a superbly timed sliding challenge to send it behind. The resulting corner, whipped in by Lockyer, was met superbly on the volley by Aaron Amos, but the midfielder's effort deflected off Lewis Long and whizzed just wide of target.
Keynsham created a rare chance of their own late in the half when Jay-Dee Snook managed to pick out Smale, who had just peeled off his man at the back post, with a lovely cross. But as the ball dropped over the heads of the two centre-backs the striker failed to connect properly with his header, sending it harmlessly wide of Jack Harvey's goal.
The first half had been a fairly even affair, despite the visitors creating noticeably more in terms of real goal threat, while the Shire defensive line of Wells, Findlay, Wheeler and Charlie Smith were first to every ball.
Shire started the second half brightly with Lockyer firing a loose ball narrowly over from 25 yards out. The ball was thrown in from the left to Amos, who headed it across the top of the box before bursting beyond his marker and into the penalty area, where he volleyed Beer's first-time return header into the top corner to round off an outstanding move.
Soon after, Nicholls was forced into a superb save to prevent it becoming 3-0 when Martin cleverly jinked his way beyond three challenges before sending the ball arrowing towards the top corner, where Nicholls was at full stretch leaping to his right to brilliantly push it wide of the target.
Keynsham failed to clear the resulting corner, the ball eventually dropping at Beer's feet just three yards out, but somehow Nicholls managed to block the striker's first prodded attempt and then miraculously hold Beer's instinctive second effort, despite being on the floor.
The visitors had another good opportunity to increase their lead when Xavier Barthelet found Scott on the left and his crossfield ball was misjudged by the sliding Millen, allowing Reed to open his body up for the shot. But as William Nichols came across to pressure him, Reed fired wastefully over the bar from 14 yards out.
Reed and Beer then had chances to seal the game for Shire after two poor pieces of defending from the home side, but neither attacker took full advantage of their respective opportunities as they both fired over the bar.
Seven minutes from time Keynsham created undoubtedly their best chance of the game when Lee sprang the offside trap to latch on to Dewfall's ball over the top, but with only the keeper to beat Lee went for power over placement and blasted it wide of target from six yards out.
Three minutes later the game was put to bed when Reed's driven cross from the right took a slight deflection, forcing Nicholls into another fantastic reaction save. However, Ajay Mistry was following up and bundled the ball in from close range to give Shire a very comfortable 3-0 cushion.
Keynsham Town Juniors: Ben Nicholls, Elliot Saunders, Ross Millen, William Nichols, Josh Pollard, Lewis Long, Oly Dodge, Nathaniel Dewfall, Owen Smale, Callum Lee, Sol Butler, Jay-Dee Snook, Dylan Stroud, Jesse Stroud, Kieran Lambert
Shire Colts Ospreys: Jack Harvey, Joe Wells, Cameron Findlay, Charlie Wheeler, Charlie Smith, Mitchell Lockyer, Xavier Barthelet, Euan Scott, Jack Reed, Aaron Amos, Conor Martin, Ajay Mistry, Dan Beer