Keynsham Town celebrate successful season

May 06 2022
Keynsham Town celebrate successful season

KEYNSHAM Town finished their league campaign in a highly respectable 10th place in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division with a points tally of 53 - their highest in the top flight since 1974-75.

They also reached the Western League’s Les Phillips Cup semi-finals to crown a successful first full season back in the top flight.

Bitton visited Crown Fields for a local derby at the end of March on a beautiful spring afternoon, and a comfortable Ks 2-0 victory saw them complete the double over their neighbours.

Midfielder Jordan Metters put the Ks ahead midway through the first half with a trademark flowing team move, before top marksman Will Hailston sealed the deal for the dominant Ks after the break.

The following Tuesday evening saw the visit of Almondsbury in the Les Phillips Cup quarter-final. It took the Ks just 10 minutes to open the scoring, as a looping 25-yard shot by Will Hailston found the top corner.

Matt Brown capitalised on a parry by the Almonds’ keeper to make it 2-0, and Hailston added a third just before half time.

The visitors pulled a goal back early in the second half, but Jordan Metters restored the Ks’ three-goal lead almost immediately. The icing on the cake came with 10 minutes left, as Hailston completed his hat-trick with a 20-yard free-kick to make the scoreline 5-1 and put the Ks through to the semi-finals.

Next up was a trip to Bridgwater United, which saw a weakened Ks side unluckily slip to a 2-1 defeat. After a tight first half, slack defending from a corner gifted the hosts the lead shortly after the restart. The Ks were more threatening after the break though, and scored a fully-deserved equaliser through Jordan Metters in the 83rd minute. But more poor marking from a set-piece five minutes later saw Bridgwater take all three points.

The Bridgwater game saw defender Jordan Anstey make his 200th career start for the Ks first XI.

Manager John Allen said: “Jordan has been here since his Keynsham Town junior days. He is a fierce, committed competitor and tireless runner, who is very popular both on the field and around the club.”

Easter Monday saw another local derby, as Brislington visited Crown Fields. The Ks produced another accomplished home performance to run out 3-0 winners.

An own goal put Keynsham ahead before the break, before second-half goals from Callum Baker and veteran Matt Long sealed the victory. This game also saw club captain Harley Purnell make his 100th first-team start for the Ks since joining from Bristol Manor Farm three years ago. This was especially pleasing as Harley had missed most of the campaign after suffering a bad injury in August.

The final league game of the season saw Mousehole make the long trek (190 miles) to Crown Fields from deepest, darkest Cornwall.

The Ks were quickly out of the blocks and that man again, Will Hailston, scored twice in the first eight minutes. Although the visitors came more into the game in the second half, all they could muster was a consolation goal just before the final whistle to make the score 2-1.

The Les Phillips semi-final, away to local rivals Cadbury Heath, was scheduled for Saturday April 30; however, as the hosts had booked an “end of season” holiday to Benidorm for the weekend designated for the semi-finals, the Western League helped them out by bringing the game forward to Wednesday April 27.

This proved to be no help whatsoever for the Ks, as without influential forward Dan Cottle, they succumbed to an unlucky 2-1 defeat despite having the better chances in a tight game. No surprises for guessing the Ks goalscorer – Will Hailston with a late penalty.

Centre forward Hailston’s goal-scoring exploits have been one of the highlights of Keynsham’s impressive season.

Signed by John Allen last summer from Paulton Rovers (Southern League), Will notched 34 goals, surpassing the 31 achieved by Matt Brown five seasons ago.

Allen said: “To score this amount of goals at this level is a fantastic achievement. Will fully deserves all the credit he has got. He has been brilliant both on and off the pitch for us this season.”

Off the field, one area where Keynsham Town need support is with helpers on home match days.

Ks club secretary Jules French told the Voice: “We are renowned within the local leagues and amongst match officials for offering a warm and friendly welcome and top-notch hospitality.

“We currently have a small team of dedicated, hard-working volunteers who strive to make this club very special.

“However, we are always on the lookout for anyone that feels they could make a contribution, especially on match days when there are so many jobs to do.

“For example, it could be serving refreshments and food, selling raffle tickets or helping on the gate. If you can spare the time and are interested in joining our happy band, please contact info@keynshamtownfc.co.uk”.

You can keep up to date with club news during the summer break via the club’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

• Pictured,  Jordan Metters storms forward in the 2-0 home win over local rivals Bitton