Sure-fire Matt passes his century as Keynsham Town stay on form

October 29 2021
Sure-fire Matt passes his century as Keynsham Town stay on form

KEYNSHAM Town carried their good early-season form into October, maintaining their place in the top half of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.

First up was a visit from Buckinghamshire outfit Long Crendon in the FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round. After an early shock when the visitors took the lead, the Ks fought back, and goals from Callum Baker (2), Will Hailston and Matt Brown gained a comfortable 4-1 victory. The subsequent draw for the First Round Proper threw up a difficult away tie with a long trip to South West Peninsular League high-flyers Newquay on October 23.

A hugely anticipated local derby in the league followed a week later, with a visit to neighbours Bitton, who stood top of the Western Premier. The match produced one of Keynsham Town’s best all-round performances in the five years under the current management duo of John Allen and Russell Holt.

After a bright start by the Ks, it was that man again, Matt Brown, who gave them a deserved lead on 20 minutes. Former Ks stopper Matt Dunk was in fine form in the Bitton goal, but he could do nothing more as the Ks forced home their superiority in the second half with further goals from Jordan Anstey and a brace from striker Stef Lee, who has just returned to action after a year out following a major knee operation.

A rainy Tuesday evening then saw Keynsham travel to Wincanton Town in the Somerset Premier Cup First Round. Goal maestro Matt Brown was soon at it again, securing an excellent hat-trick to take him past the 100-goal milestone for the club. Despite two late goals from the hosts, the Ks held on for a 3-2 victory. The next round will see them on the road again with a tough trip to Southern League Premier outfit Weston-super-Mare scheduled for December 7.

Following the Somerset Cup victory, the club pulled off a major coup with the signing of Dan Cottle from the Southern League’s Paulton Rovers.
Manager John Allen said: “Dan is equally at home in the no.10 role or playing out wide. Having played previously at Bradford Town and at a higher level with Bristol Manor Farm and Frome Town in addition to Paulton, he is an exciting addition to our evolving first-team squad.”

A visit in the league to Clevedon Town was next up for Keynsham. After going behind in the second minute through an horrendous deflection, the hosts went two up soon after half-time.
However, Allen then introduced new signing Dan Cottle, who helped to change the game. He firstly provided the assist for top scorer Will Hailston to notch his 12th goal of the season, and then found space in the box to score a deserved equaliser in the 86th minute after a fine through ball from Hailston.

The following weekend involved a long trip to North Devon to face Ilfracombe Town, but the Ks unfortunately suffered their first away league defeat of the season. After the hosts took the lead shortly after half-time, Jordan Metters scored a superb equaliser five minutes later. However, it was a case of the hosts taking their chances and Keynsham not, as they secured a 3-1 victory.

Keynsham Town reserves are also placed in the top half of the Uhlsport Somerset County Premier League, while the Keynsham under-18s have won two and lost two of their Western Counties Floodlit Youth League games so far this season.

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Pictured, goal maestro Matt Brown finishes with his usual aplomb against Long Crendon.