Kieran Wells | forward












Powerful, prolific lower league striker who rejoined the Pitmen in June 2021 from Northern Counties East side Sherwood Colliery

A striker who has served his apprenticeship in local non-league football throughout the Nottinghamshire area, Wells spent his formative years playing local football for the likes of Blidworth Welfare, Ollerton Town, Gedling Miners Welfare and Dunkirk before joining Rainworth Miners Welfare at step four in March 2013. He scored five in eight games for the Mansfield-based club alongside his brother Brad before joining Eastwood Town for the 2013-2014 season

Wells made the step up to the Evo-Stik Premier League for the first time in the summer of 2014, joining Belper Town. Despite scoring on the opening day of the season against Ashton United, Wells spent more time as a substitute towards the end of his spell with the Nailers and joined Heanor Town in September 2014

His eight goals for Heanor saw his spell there cut short after four months, linking up with Midland Football League side Long Eaton United in January 2015 for a two-month spell

In March 2015, he made the key decision to join Handsworth Parramore, playing in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League. He plundered goals at a rapid rate, scoring at nearly a goal a game over the next two seasons for the club to attract interest from other clubs higher up

In December 2016, big-spending Basford United signed the striker to aid their promotion push from the Evo-Stik Division One South. He made a bright start for his new side but dropped out of favour in the final season as Martin Carruthers' side pushed for top spot. Wells joined league rivals Stamford in February 2018 until the end of the season, scoring three times in seven starts

In May 2018, he linked up with his brother Brad once more, this time at league new boys AFC Mansfield. He was once again regularly on the scoresheet, playing well in both games against Hednesford in their F.A. Trophy 1st Qualifying Round games in October 2018 and scoring the winner in the replay at Keys Park

In December 2018, the Wells brothers both left Mansfield to link up with Spalding, playing five games before Nicky Eaden brought Kieran to Keys Park as he looked to solve the Pitmen's goalscoring problems this term. Wells hit the ground running, scoring six times in fourteen games to help the club to a thirteenth place finish and earned himself a cult hero status with the Hednesford supporters with his enthusiasm for the game and the scoring of crucial goals. He was joined by his brother Brad once again in March 2019 after he had followed Kieran to Keys Park from Spalding

In May 2019, Wells was the first player from the 2018-2019 squad to agree on terms with the club after talks with manager Gary Hayward. He started the season in the side and scored a fine goal at Stourbridge before grabbing a hat-trick at Lutterworth Town in the F.A. Cup, but fell out of the side in October 2019 and eventually departed in November 2019 for BetVictor Northern Premier League side Grantham Town, initially on dual registration

After a month at Grantham, Wells made the step down to Ilkeston Town in the BetVictor Northern League Division One South/East. He helped the newly-promoted Ilson to a mid-table position in the table before the season was curtailed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic

In May 2020, Wells returned to his native Nottinghamshire by joining ambitious Northern Counties East Premier League side Sherwood Colliery, scoring regularly early on in the campaign before the 2020-2021 season was also brought to a halt due to the pandemic early in 2021

In May 2021, Wells departed Sherwood and made his return to Keys Park a few days later ahead of the 2021-2022 Southern Premier League Central season

* Denotes playing records removed after 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons were voided due to coronavirus pandemic