Triple treat of local derbies on the horizon for fans

February 05 2020

Matt Long gets Keynsham ’s second goal during the six-goal thriller with Bridport Match photos: Pete Ricketts

Matt Long gets Keynsham ’s second goal during the six-goal thriller with Bridport                                                                                 Match photos: Pete Ricketts

FEBRUARY will be an exciting month for Keynsham Town fans as they look forward to three local derbies.  
Only one is at home, to Bitton, but the other two are within a couple of miles of the AJN Stadium, against Cadbury Heath and Brislington.  
The Ks defeated Cadbury Heath 3-1 in December, coming back from 1-0 down thanks to an Adey Harvey double and another from Jordan Anstey.  
With Keynsham 2-1 up at half-time and needing the three points to avoid being sucked into a relegation place, the fog which had been drifting around the ground all evening descended and put the game in jeopardy.  
Luckily referee Craig Scriven allowed an extended interval for it to clear, which it obligingly did, and the home fans saw the three points secured.
Later in the month Keynsham faced the then leaders of the Premier Division, Bradford Town, little expecting the day to bring much reward.  
However, the Ks’ best performance of the season saw them victorious.  Again, coming from behind, Matt Brown supplied the equaliser and Craig Wilson a double to send the near 100 away supporters back to Wiltshire thinking that three easy points to maintain their title challenge had been thrown away.
Keynsham faced two more high-flying teams early in 2020.
  They travelled to Devon to face Tavistock, only going down to the odd goal in three, then four days later faced Plymouth Parkway at home.  
Plymouth’s recent run of form has seen them overtake Bradford Town at the top of the table and also advance into the last 16 of the Buildbase FA Vase.  On the night, Plymouth were clearly the best team to have visited the AJN Stadium this season, but Keynsham were not overwhelmed and only slipped to a 3-0 defeat.
On January 18, Bridport were the visitors and an exciting game saw six goals scored.  
The Ks went 2-0 up before half-time thanks to goals from Matt Brown and Matt Long but were stunned when the Dorset club brought the scores level midway through the second period.  
Some astute substitutions by manager John Allen
re-invigorated his team and two more goals from the two Matts led to a well-deserved victory, 4-2.
Apart from visiting Cadbury Heath in February, Keynsham welcome local rivals Bitton to the AJN on the 15th.  
Bitton’s league form has been disappointing this season, but they, like Plymouth Parkway, have progressed to the last 16 of the FA Vase.  
Another short journey up the A4 will see Keynsham meet Brislington, hoping to avenge the slender 1-0 defeat they suffered at their hands at the start of the season.  
A month with four away matches also includes a trip across Bristol, to Cribbs, and a longer jaunt into Somerset to play Wellington.

Forthcoming fixtures

n Sat Feb 1: Cribbs (Away)
n Sat Feb 8: Cadbury Heath (Away at Springfield, Cadbury Heath Road) – kick-off 3pm
n Sat Feb 15: Bitton (Home) - kick-off 3pm
n Tue Feb 18: Brislington (Away at Ironmould Lane) – kick-off 7.30pm
n Wed Feb 26: Wellington (Away)

All fixtures are subject to change so please check on the league web site (toolstationleague.com) before travelling to a match.

Mike Slucutt