Cup misery for Keynsham Town Ladies at hands of the Hammers

March 02 2018
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February was a disappointing month for Keynsham Town Ladies, although at the time of writing they were still to host Larkhall Athletic in a league fixture on February 25, writes our correspondent.

February was a disappointing month for Keynsham Town Ladies, although at the time of writing they were still to host Larkhall Athletic in a league fixture on February 25, writes our correspondent.

Their cup runs in national competitions both came to an end, and in the Somerset Cup they were awarded another walkover, therefore progressing to the final without actually playing a game! Defeats at the hands of Lewes and West Ham United rather illustrated the gulf in class between near-top in the South West Division and the upper reaches of the Southern Division, the next tier up.

Town were quietly confident of a result at home to Lewes in the Women’s FA Cup Fifth Round and in fact the match remained goal-less until the 40th minute, when hesitancy from the home keeper allowed Lewes a chance they couldn’t miss. Keynsham were again at fault for goal two when Jade Radburn failed to clear, gifting the opposition an open goal. Lewes wrapped it up for 0-3 with a well-struck effort to give Hannah Christer no chance. The only player to emerge with any credit was right back Andreea Alexandru whose excellent challenges, sliding tackles, and covering for others’ mistakes kept the score down.

The following Sunday saw Keynsham bow out of the Women’s Premier League Plate at the Quarter Final stage when they were “hammered by the Hammers” 7-0, finding themselves five down at half time after 45 minutes against the wind and sleet. In the second half – when the weather brightened up – they restricted West Ham to a further two.

They were then due to travel to Taunton-based Hamilton in the Somerset Senior Cup on February 18, but as was widely predicted, the Somerset League 2 side withdrew, which, given their league form, probably prevented them from conceding a cricket score!

The Development side have only competed once in the month, before their trip to Torquay United on February 25, losing 3-1 to Middlezoy Rovers. After taking a 1-0 lead with another Rhianna Ben-Carew goal, they then fell behind to two long-range efforts, the second from fully 35 yards, a free kick over the defensive wall before dipping just under the crossbar out of Shawna Hannan’s reach. Shawna then conceded a penalty for 1-3, before a late Rhianna effort was just wide of the target. 

March is a quiet month for the first team, as at present there are only two fixtures scheduled:

  • March 18: Southampton Saints away at Sholing FC
  • March 25: Maidenhead United, home, 2pm

The Ladies Development side, though, are rather more busy this month:

  • March 4: Marine Academy Plymouth, home, 2pm
  • March 7: Forest Green Rovers, away, 7.30pm
  • March 11: Ilminster Town, home, 2pm
  • March 18: Hanham-based AEK Boco, home, 2pm
  • March 22: Downend Flyers, home, 7.30pm
  • March 25: Ilminster Town, away, 2pm