Wells City U18 6-0 Yate Town U18
Wells Army gives Yate the big-time Blues
In a lightning start, Yate surged down the right to deliver a cross to Joe Shutt, whose shot was well saved by the home stopper, before Wells broke from defence at speed down their right. The cut-back to the penalty spot became a race to the ball, won by the home striker who fired his first-time shot wide of our stand-in keeper's right hand, into the net.
The game settled a little, and a give and go between Gianni Porcara and Shutt ended with Porcara's rising drive clearing the bar. A deep free-kick from the Blue Army found an attacking head, and the ball squirmed through the stopper's hands to trickle over the line for 2-0. Shortly after, he redeemed himself with a fine full length save to push away a shot destined for the corner, but it was noticeable that the visitors were unable to keep possession and therefore lacked creativity.
Late on, they had more success with set-pieces and deliveries into the home danger zone, but it desperately needed someone to gamble or attack these with conviction, as the next goal would be crucial. It almost came the way of the hosts as their influential No 10 was unfortunate to see his excellent drive clip the post.
After a better start from the away side, and an interchange between Shutt and Luke Henderson almost coming off until the ball ran away, two further goals killed off any contest. Another Wells burst down their right ended with a shot being smashed in from 10 yards, before a Route One ball over the top put in the home striker to slam home, high into the roof of the net from a narrow angle. 4-0
Yate made changes, with Henderson and Shutt both suffering knocks, and Kieron Kay looked like making a difference off the bench. A consolation goal may have resulted, but instead Wells increased their lead when Yate were unable to clear their lines, and the ball was stabbed over the line at the far post. Finally, another deep set-piece picked out a late run to connect with a deft diving header and the home side had notched their sixth.
A miserable, lack lustre display from the U18s, who now have to put this well and truly behind them as they prepare for their GFA U18 Shield semi-final at Cribbs FC on Sunday