Keynsham Firsts must dig deep to turn their fortunes around

Published on: 07 Feb 2013

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First team must dig deep to turn their fortunes around

Recent losses and games lost to bad weather will force Keynsham Rugby Club to dig deep to avoid relegation in the second half of the season, writes correspondent Fee Tupp. Sam Williams

Only one first XV game has been completed since the last report; this was an away loss at Cirencester RFC.  Despite an improved performance they were unable to secure any league points losing by 9 points (7-16).  This result sees them slump to second bottom of the Western Counties League. Their points came from a Ben Newman try, converted by Ben Bolster.

It looks likely that they will now have to struggle against the odds to stay up in the Western Counties League this season.  Home wins will be essential.

In contrast, the seconds have won all three games contested, and now sit comfortably in the middle of Somerset Premier  League.

They edged past Minehead with the last move of the game –Sam Stewart scoring in the corner after a flowing series of moves. Matt Randle and Russ Tanner were the other scorers, Rob Breckon adding a conversion. Final score 17-14. 

Next up, they demolished Wiveliscombe 24-0 and secured a try bonus point with Rob Breckon, Tom Cheyney (two) and Matty lewis crossing for tries; Breckon adding two conversions.  Another try bonus was secured in beating Imperial 24-8 in the other game. An abysmal second half was preceded by a workman like first half which saw tries from Brad Newton, Tony Harvey and Rocky O’Keefe.  The fourth was a penalty try awarded when the dominant Keynsham advancing scrum was collapsed by the desperate defence. Rob Breckon converted two and hit the uprights with two other attempts.

The thirds won one, lost one and played a friendly match. There was a great away win at Frome 36-7.  Dan Shearn scored the club’s first try of 2013 and Tony Harvey, Dan Harvey, Chris Bakker and John Pearce added tries and, at the third attempt Damian Cummins managed one as well. Additional points were from Pearce’s boot. 

A score line of 26-5 did no justice to the local team, whose endeavour was exemplary when they played a much stronger  Bristol Harlequins side at Brislington.  Man of the match Damian Cummings scored Keynsham’s only points.  James Hurrell-Smith (three), Nick Hatcliffe, Tom Cheyney, Damian Cummins, Louis Bush, Phil Harvey and Geoff Green scored the tries in the 49-5 friendly against North Bristol at the Crown Field.

The fourths also had two league games and a friendly.  Despite dominating the forwards’ battle, they lost 15-25 at Nailsea & Backwell.  Keynsham’s points came from tries by Marsh and Adam Standers;  Dave Scott added a fine drop goal and a conversion. 

They then had a fine league win over Bath Old Edwardians 42-15.  A superb second half saw Mike Marsh’s team surge ahead from a 15-15 half time score.

James ‘Toualangi’ Marsh, playing in the centre, scored a try and he was joined on the score sheet by debutante Tony Morris, James Preston, Kieran Harvey and Al Sweeting.

Highlight of the friendly fixture against Old Reds, sandwiched between these games, was a magnificent side-step by skipper Mike Marsh, which fooled everyone on the field of play, and most of those on the side line, too!

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