Avon Youth League Under 16s, Cup, 13/11/16

Keynsham Town 1 Ashton Boys 4 (HT 0-2)


Keynsham scorer: Charlie.




A mild & calm Autumn remembrance Sunday afternoon at Crown Fields saw Keynsham play host to 1st division Ashton Boys. A minutes silence was respectfully observed by both teams and supporters. The Donald Trump contingent were also well behaved.

From the kick off  Ashton Boys dominated possession with good individual ball control and accurate close passing. Keynsham were made to work very hard with most of the play taking place in their own half – this week everyone in the side had a lot less time on the ball than usual.

On 13 minutes, a rare Keynsham break away saw Toby cross into the box and the ball fell to Max who had a powerful shot saved by the goal keeper.

Unfortunately a struggling Max was substituted shortly afterwards with a bad back and was replaced by big Alfie.

Following sustained pressure, the Keynsham defensive door was unlocked on 15 minutes when the ball was lost on the edge of the box and a well taken shot beat Reegan at the far post for a 1-0 lead to Ashton Boys.

Charlie had a shot go narrowly wide from a Toby right hand side cross on 30 minutes and Adam made a skilful run from deep passing three players to create a chance.

However, Ashton continued to dominate possession and as the half continued an ominous sign: a flock of seagulls congregated in the Ashton Boys half!

Late on, Reegan was forced  to make a selection of fine fingertip saves.

At the end of the half Ashton Boys were awarded a dubious free kick just outside the Keynsham box. A cunning powerful low driven shot around the wall beat Reegan at the near post to make the score 2-0 (Keynsham needed a bigger wall – but who is going to pay for it?).


At the start of the 2nd half Keynsham pushed more players forward and sub Owen was providing some pace and energy upfront.

Unfortunately on 50 minutes, Keynsham were punished in quick succession by two good individually taken goals when the Ashton forwards were allowed to run through on goal and shoot past Reegan.

The Keynsham defence and midfield had a tough day at the office but battled well. There were good performances from Brendon, Tommy & Adam at the back and Luke, Ben, Alf, Owen & Sam in midfield. The service to the front players today was very difficult playing so deep with Toby & Luke often isolated and far apart.

In the final 10 minutes of the game Max was reintroduced and a resurgent Keynsham scored a consolation goal when Charlie drove home from close range following a good passing move from Luke and Toby. A Keynsham corner also provided a heading opportunity for Tommy but it was saved.

Good individual performances from the team against a well organised, skillful & energetic 1st division side. They played well and we were not at our very best.


Mike Cooke.

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