Avon Youth League Under 16s, Division 2, 27/11/16
Keynsham Town 3 Severnside Nuke 3 (HT 2-2)
Keynsham scorers: Will, Charlie & Luke.
KEYNSHAM LATE EQUALISER SHARES POINTS IN TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH.
A cold and gloomy Crown Fields saw an understrength Keynsham Town host top of the table Severnside Nuke. With a significant number of players not available, and four players playing with illness or injuries that would normally see them sit out a game, Keynsham were boosted by the debut of Will Cockram.
From the kick off an energetic Severnside dominated play and for the first ten minutes most of the action took place in the Keynsham half.
However, to their credit, Keynsham settled and began to play their usual quality passing game with Miles & Toby up front and Ben, Luke, Sam, Charlie & Will in midfield.
With the storm weathered and the tables turned chances for Keynsham saw Charlie head over the bar from a Luke corner & on 17 minutes Ben had a powerful shot bravely blocked inside the Severnside box. Again the defensive back line of Tommy, Adam & Harrison were brave and very comfortable on the ball with Tommy in particular making a number of excellent defensive headers.
On 21 minutes, a well delivered corner to the back post was headed powerfully at Reegan from close range and the ball was deemed to have crossed the line for a 0-1 lead to Severnside, very much against the run of play.
Ten minutes later, following a spell of constant pressure, a good run from Will & a flick on from Miles led to a foul on Ben in the box and a penalty for Keynsham. Will coolly slotted home to score his first Keynsham Town goal to level the score at 1-1.
Shortly after the restart an unchallenged cross-field run from the Severnside No19 created space on the edge of the box for a powerful right footed shot. The shot left a diving Reegan with no chance and Severnside restored their lead to 1-2.
Keynsham responded almost immediately when a Luke corner and a Charlie close range strike levelled the score again.
At the end of the half a beautifully delivered long range free kick into the box from Adam saw Ben head the ball narrowly over the bar.
With a late resurgence from Severnside at the end of the half kept at bay by the Keynsham defence, the half ended 2-2.
Early in the second half a magnificent Harrison, returning from illness, was replaced by Max who was due to miss this game with an ongoing back problem.
The Keynsham passing game was now beginning to dominate but Severnside were always dangerous on the break with their pace and were also a threat from corners.
Tommy Hester showed great pace of his own made a crucial well timed tackle/clearance in the box much to the appreciation of Reegan.
On 52 minutes, a break away from Severnside down the right hand side saw Reegan beaten with a powerful shot, again perfectly placed in off the post, to restore once again Severnside’s lead to 2-3.
Three minutes later PENALTY!
Ben was again fouled in the box by the Severnside goalkeeper and Keynsham were awarded the spot kick. Max (wearing Toby’s shirt) elected to take but missed when the powerful shot hit the post and rebounded back out.
A stunned Keynsham managed to weather the storm following this disappointment and Reegan made a fantastic diving save from a volley from inside the box. The Keynsham defence had to deal with a number of breakaway attacks and corners as Keynsham pushed numbers forward looking to level the score. A tired Miles who had worked very hard up front was replaced by Toby with ten minutes to go.
To their credit Ben and Will showed great determination chasing lost causes and this provided Luke with a chance sliding in on a low cross late on.
In the dying minutes of the game, with the light fading, a midfield pass found Toby on the right hand side who after a terrific run crossed low into the box for Luke to side foot the ball home to level the score at 3-3.
Both teams still played for a win and Keynsham had the ball in the back of the net with the last play of the game but the Severnside goalie was fouled. The exciting match ended even.