Kewstoke hit back to earn a point

KEWSTOKE Athletic Under-14s took on second place Isle of Wedmore at home and ended up with a 2-2 draw after a thrilling game.

KEWSTOKE Athletic Under-14s took on second place Isle of Wedmore at home and ended up with a 2-2 draw after a thrilling game.

The visitors started on the attack with stout defending from keeper James Adams and the back four of Kaylem Rowlands, Kieran Smith, James Biggs and Harry Walsh, who were tested from the off.

The visitors gained a penalty and despite the excellent teamwork of Biggs and Adams, ended the first half 2-0 up.

The second half saw Kewstoke mount a comeback. The midfield of Charlie Gibbons, Kieron Malone, Olly Norville, Theo Payan and Marc Frost held tight. The breakthrough came from some one-touch football from defender Walsh to winger Thomas Lloyd Evans, who crossed for Cory Kellaway to score. Gibbons and Josh Donoghue put further pressue on the visitors to set up a second Kellaway goal, which he took in similar fashion.

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The coaches would like to thank injured linesman John Geer. UK Installations man of the match was Charlie Gibbons, improved performance: Thomas Lloyd Evans, star of the week: Cory Kellaway.

Kewstoke Juniors Under-14s kept their unbeaten away record and top of the table position intact with a spirited performance against Winscombe.

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Both sides fought hard for possession, with Kewstoke’s captain, Jack West controlling the centre and making chances for Rhys Spurling, James Pounsbury and Craig Cragg.

Kewstoke’s defence of Blake Littlewood, Jacob D’Arcy, Macaulay Smith and Josh Kay were kept on their toes and a foul on D’Arcy was rewarded with a free kick which found the boot of Rhys Spurling for Kewstoke’s opener. This was quickly followed two minutes later by another from Spurling, giving Kewstoke a 2-0 lead at half time.

The second half saw Winscombe come out on the attack, but didn’t cause keeper Matt Saunders too much trouble. Kewstoke’s Ethan Aylott and Matt Knight did well to counter Winscombe’s pressure in the centre and Kewstoke’s new signing, Lewis Gaylard came close to scoring on his debut.

The end-to-end football was finally brought to a conclusion with a fine run from Sprague, who scored Kewstoke’s third.

Ridgway Pines man of the match was Blake Littlewood.

Kewstoke Under-10s A Team were looking for revenge following their only defeat of the season against Burnbridge.

Ryan Pugh linked up well with Charlie Sweeting and George. Keeper Sam Carter had little to do in the first half with chances going wide and captain Jake Manville had a great game up front and later out on the left, feeding Geneshuis Teboh and mirroring the speed and skill of Pugh.

Mikey Nicholls had his best game of the season to date and Joel Crinson was faultless in midfield as the first half finished 5-0 to Kewstoke with goals from Manville, Pugh and a hat-trick from Teboh.

The second half saw some changes as Kewstoke sat back a little but despite this, Burnbridge managed to find ways past Teboh only to be quashed by a fearless Carter. Kewstoke were punished with a well-deserved Burnbridge goal. Mateo Turvey came into his own in the second half and scored a fine goal. Burnbridge continued to breech the Kewstoke defence, but it was all too late as referee Tom Deane blew the final whistle at 6-1 to Kewstoke.

Weston and Worle Advertiser man of the match was Mikey Nicholls.

The B team hosted third-placed Burnbridge, with Kewstoke looking to continue their winning run as they pushed for the division title.

Two goals from Szymon Swiercrwna and two from Sam Ford saw Kewstoke run out comfortable 4-0 winners in the end with the man of the match award going to Evan Brunsden, who was magnificent at the back and key to Kewstoke’s clean sheet. Adam Bungay linked up well with Swiercrwna, while Ashley Hastewell put in another strong performance.

A superb display by the Under-15s was not enough to progress to the semi-finals of the cup as they went out on penalties against Backwell Athletic.

They deservedly went 1-0 up when Ben Harris calmly slotted home a penalty. The midfield of Jake Groves, Harris, Jordan Sole and Michael Deane were dominant and matched Backwell tackle for tackle. Syd Camper was in fine form, supporting Ryan Hill up front and it was no surprise when Hill put Kewstoke 2-0 up just before the break, but Backwell reduced the deficit.

In the second half, the back four of Lewis Clamp, Josh Selwyn, Tyler Marshman and Connor Andrew all played their part in keeping Backwell at bay. Luke Flannigan came on as sub and put in an assured performance. In goal, Luke Bryant pulled off a number of brilliant saves to keep Kewstoke in front. Backwell’s Malone scored his second to bring the scores level at full time.

After 20 minutes of extra time, the match went to penalties, but Kewstoke lost the shoot-out 3-2.

The joint SB Fencing man of the match was awarded to Luke Bryant and Connor Andrew.

High-flying Kewstoke Under-12s hosted Burnham, who were eager to avenge their only defeat of the season.

Kewstoke started the livelier with an early corner being cleared by the solid Burnham defence. An excellent through ball from Nathaniel Groom saw Ryan Aneley through on goal, only for the Burnham keeper to make a good save.

Further pressure from Kewstoke brought on by some excellent midfield play from Jack Green, Thomas Ogborne and Daniel Lammiman, led to further efforts.

A quick counter attack against the run of play led to the first goal of the game from Burnham’s Luke Shapter. Kewstoke responded almost immediately with a goal by Groom after further good work by the Kewstoke midfield. A great through ball moments later saw Groom grab his second of the game.

The second half saw Burnham step up a gear, and a period of good pressure saw the dangerous Ryan Styles grab the equaliser and from another good counter attack scored the eventual winning goal, despite a late rally from Kewstoke.

WINSCOMBE Under-11s survived an early scare when Matthew Gilmore cleared the danger when a Wedmore striker looked favourite to score.

At the other end Toby Chambers had a couple of efforts go just wide and then Jack Drake had a fierce drive well held by the Wedmore keeper.

Winscombe were unable to break the deadlock and the score remained goal-less at the break, with Will Shergold, James Ford, Piers Langford, Theo Thornton Matthews and Philip Skinnarland all playing their part in keeping high-flying Wedmore at bay.

The second half was a different affair as Wedmore were rewarded with an early goal. The lead was soon doubled after a scramble in the Winscombe area.

Soon after, Winscombe’s Bill Berry set up Chambers. His shot was parried, but Chambers rifled the rebound home to get Winscombe back in the game.

Winscombe threw players forward in search of an equaliser, but Wedmore counter attacked well and restored their two goal cushion. The Winscombe boys continued to press with Jai Nevison and George Fairchild looking particularly dangerous.

James Hart found man of the match Chambers in space, but his shot was blocked. Max Bretherton came on and looked hungry to score and Gilmore’s pace gave Wedmore problems.

Winscombe were vulnerable to the counter attack and Ben Meakin made another fine save to keep Wedmore out.

PRIORY Under-18s continued their good run, winning 4-1 against Brislington.

The first half started slowly for Priory and with the opposition keeping Priory on their toes, Brislington scored the opener. Nearing half-time, Alex Maclean’s shot from a tight angle sailed into the top corner.

After a tense first half, Priory entered the second half refocused and started to show their true skill. Priory took the lead through Alex Maclean. John Billinghurst rattled the crossbar with a free kick from just outside the box soon after.

Dan Thomas weaved through the opposition defence and slotted the ball into the bottom corner from close range. Brislington broke through on goal and chipped over the keeper, but defender Harry Fisher headed the ball off the line.

Just before full-time, Dan Hancock headed the ball in from a cross by Dan Thomas to complete the scoring. Man of the match was Curt Watkins.

HUTTON Under-13s continued their good form with a comfortable 7-0 win against Banwell.

Hutton opened the scoring after a number of misses when striker Matty Jones netted. The midfield of Josh Pratt, James Difford, Fraser Ham and James Chudley bossed the middle, giving strikers Zak Westwood and Matt Jones plenty of possession.

Hutton’s defence again looked confident and George Thorne played a dangerous ball into the box which a defender put into his own goal for a 2-0 lead.

Dan Cox had another fine game, whilst Stefan Thomson-Rose and Alexander Kilpatrick set up many attacks. Even keeper Oliver Edwards played his part when called upon. Hutton made it 3-0 when Westwood fired home a loose ball just before the break.

The second half saw another Under-12 player Billy Miller come on for Ham and slotted in well. Soon after, a good run by Stefan Thomson-Rose saw him play in Jones who took his goal well. Within minutes, Jones completed his hat-trick with a header.

Another goalmouth scramble saw West-wood and Kilpatrick battle it out to put their final touch on the ball, with Westwood reacting first to grab his brace and Hutton’s sixth.

A couple of Banwell attacks brought Hutton back down to earth and had to depend on Edwards to snuff out the threats. Difford completed the scoring with a deserved goal when he struck the seventh.

The A 2 Z Gardening and Tree Maintenance Services man of the match went to Matthew Jones.

ALTHOUGH far from their best, Weston Town Under-13s secured another three points with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Axbridge.

The opening exchanges saw Weston on top and Sam Fletcher’s shot rebounded off the foot of the post. Fletcher did not have to wait long for his next chance and this time he hit a good shot over the keeper for a deserved goal.

Weston continued to press down both wings and a good cross from the left allowed Josh Adams to control and fire his shot into the net for a 2-0 lead at half-time.

The second half became scrappy, but Axbridge never really threatened Weston’s goal thanks to good performances by Jordan Hodge and Ben Sampson.

Weston’s third came with a defence splitting pass from midfield which was slotted home neatly by Killian Vick. The fourth soon followed when Thomas Goodey’s powerful drive found the bottom corner to complete the scoring.

BANWELL Under-14s won 4-0 against previously unbeaten Priory Vikings.

Banwell started confidently passing the ball through the midfield, leaving Priory chasing shadows. It wasn’t long before Banwell took a deserved lead when captain Joe Brett beat the Priory defence to score.

As the Banwell midfield of Aron Staples, Ollie Habgood, Brett and Ben Clatworthy began to dominate, chances were created with Banwell unlucky not to score again.

Banwell soon made it 2-0 when Joe Lawrence won the ball and made a good pass to Clatworthy, who scored. Forwards Jake Thomas and Kieran Bellingham worked hard, while Mike Reames made an impressive debut and was unlucky not to score.

Banwell made it 3-0 when Clatworthy scored his second goal. The defence of Ethan Johnson, Kallum Gavin, Lawrence and Sam Bond gave Priory no chance and keeper Jordan Sotiris kept another clean sheet.

Banwell finished the game in style with Bellingham scoring their fourth goal. Man of the match was Ben Clatworthy.

CHURCHILL Under-13s fully deserved their 6-1 victory over Priory Rangers.

Brad Middleton-Cattle scored early in the first half, converting Woody Bourton’s cross. Priory competed well creating several chances, but Churchill increased their lead after Bourton scored from close range.

Early in the second half, Bourton scored his second after a neat passing move on the left flank, but Priory responded almost immediately to make the score 3-1. After a period of even play, Bourton struck again from a narrow angle.

Churchill were now creating most of the scoring opportunities and scored further goals from Nathan Webber and Bourton.

Bourton had an exceptional game scoring four goals, but this was a fine team performance by the Churchill squad and Priory must be congratulated for their sporting play.

WORLE Under-12s and St Georges Easton enjoyed a great game which was a credit to both teams.

There was drama before the game started as the match referee was taken ill as he left his house. Worle’s Under-8 manager Greg Miller did an excellent job standing in at short notice.

Worle made a great start as they went into a 2-0 lead within eight minutes, with two great goals by Jack and Lucas.

St Georges soon responded and scored five unanswered goals before the half-time break. Zac came on for Jack at the break and soon after Lucas hit a 20-yarder to reduce the deficit.

The next 15 minutes were tight with great defensive work by Worle’s back four. Worle started to tire and St Georges added two more goals to take a 7-3 advantage. Alex Coghlan scored Worle’s fourth, with St Georges responding with one more goal to make the final score 8-4.

This is the first time St Georges have conceded four in one match and great credit must go to the Worle team. Man of the match went to the whole team.

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