Critical time for Keynsham Town FC's Premier Division dream

March 02 2018
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The month of February saw Keynsham Town FC’s First Team continue their unbeaten run, which stretches back to the beginning of October, with two wins and two draws, writes our correspondent.

The month of February saw Keynsham Town FC’s First Team continue their unbeaten run, which stretches back to the beginning of October, with two wins and two draws, writes our correspondent.

They remain top of the Toolstation Western League Division One table, one point ahead of Westbury United, with Roman Glass St George a further two points adrift in third place.

Corsham Town visited Crown Fields at the start of the month, and it appeared to be business as usual for the Ks when James Ollis put them ahead with a wonderful strike on 12 minutes. However, Corsham had other ideas and two defensive errors were ruthlessly punished to put them in front at halftime. Keynsham battered the visitors after the break, and although an Adey Harvey header on the hour brought them level, they couldn’t produce a winner as it ended 2-2.

A bitterly cold Wednesday night saw a typically feisty local derby away to Oldland Abbotonians end in a 3-3 draw in a game that, from a neutral’s point of view, had everything – six well-taken goals, nine bookings and a red card which sparked a mass brawl and led to 12 minutes’ stoppage time! On a pudding of a pitch, Ollie Trevarthen put the hosts ahead on 33 minutes, capitalising on a defensive error by Keynsham. Ks forward Craig Wilson scored a superb equaliser from 25 yards just after halftime, but Trevarthen scored two more to complete his hat trick and put Oldland 3-1 up midway through the second half. The Ks did not give up, though, and James Ollis pulled a goal back in the 74th minute with another cracking strike from 20 yards. A dreadful tackle on Ollis then saw a straight red card for the Oldland substitute and, after things calmed down, Matt Curnock made it 3-3 in the 98th minute with a great glancing header. Craig Wilson nearly won it for the Ks at the death, but his shot was held up in the mud; all in all it was a good point for the Ks.

Sherborne Town were the next visitors to Crown Fields, and a scrappy game saw Keynsham run out 2-0 victors. With Sherborne fighting for their lives to avoid relegation, the first half was an even affair which saw few clear-cut chances. Adey Harvey eventually put the hosts in front just after halftime and Matt Brown’s alertness punished a defensive mix-up on 72 minutes to secure the points.

A week later saw another home victory, as Keynsham overcame sixth-placed Cheddar 2-1. Kyle Box drilled a precise drive into the bottom corner in the 18th minute, but the visitors went straight down the other end and equalised immediately. In an open game, chances were squandered at both ends, before Matt Brown put the Ks in front just before the break with a calm finish for his 23rd goal of the season. Keynsham were denied a third after a superb flowing move was finished off by James Ollis, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. However, with Ks keeper Matt Dunk in supreme form, they clung on to earn three more crucial points.

Off the field, the club were pleased to announce the signing of Harley Purnell from Bristol Manor Farm. Manager John Allen said: “Harley has vast experience at Southern League level with Chippenham Town, Yate Town and Mangotsfield United. He has been a big part of Manor Farm’s recent success, helping them win the Toolstation Premier Division last season and start their Southern League campaign so well. It’s an exciting signing for the Ks at a critical stage of the season, and we are hoping that Harley’s experience and qualities help us in our push for promotion.”

With the race for promotion now looking to be down to three clubs vying for the two promotion places, Keynsham have 12 games left to secure their dream of getting back in the Premier Division for the first time in 12 years. Their unbeaten run now stands at 19 games, but one week in March could be pivotal in deciding the outcome, as the top three all play each other.

Don’t forget that the club’s fortunes can be followed on both Facebook (Keynsham Town Football Club) and Twitter (@KeynshamTownFC).

The Ks’ forthcoming home games are as follows:
Tuesday, March 6
Timsbury Athletic (Reserves)
7.45pm kick-off

Saturday, March 10
Wincanton Town (First XI)
3pm kick-off

Saturday, March 24
Westfield (Reserves)
3pm kick-off

Friday, March 30 (Good Friday)
Oldland Abbotonians (First XI)
3pm kick-off

Saturday, March 31
Saltford (Reserves)
3pm kick-off