Keynsham Rugby in pole position

Published on: 30 Mar 2017

With just three games remaining in the Western Counties North League, Keynsham’s first team is in first place, seven points clear of the two chasing sides, writes our correspondent. 

Their run-in includes games against the current second and third-place sides (Chew Valley RFC and Chosen Hill Former Pupils RFC) so promotion to South West 1 league is no formality.

The season thus far has seen the team win all but two of their games – a truly dismal performance at Wells RFC and a close-run thing against Avonmouth.  Both losses were subsequently turned around in the return fixtures, where the highlight was when the boys in black and amber (playing in red tiger stripes!) came back from a 21-3 deficit at half time, with two injuries to prop forwards, to prevail 29-21. They secured a vital try bonus to boot.

On Saturday, April 1, they travel to Cheltenham RFC, who are always tough opponents, particularly at home, and a win would make the following week’s fixture against Chew Valley an absolute crunch game.

To win both of these games would secure the top spot and make the final game on April 22, away at Chosen Hill, a formality. The club is hoping this will be the case but have organised a coach for spectators so that a goodly crowd can give the team their vocal backing – it will be a celebration or a wake!

The second team is comfortably placed mid-table in their league, winning 11 and losing 10, and the other senior side is just above bottom spot.

Recent winners in the Dennis Cockbaine Lottery at the club were: December – £1,000 Bob Baber (84), £80 Sally Klewin (17); January – £100 Phil Healey (138), £50 Jim Brooks (74); February – £100 Steve Capon (113), £50 OJ Cowan (103); March – £100 Sean Whittle (152), £50 James Hurrell-Smith (123).

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