Keynsham Town 2-0 Almondsbury
Saturday 20th January 2018
For the second time in seven days Almondsbury took the league leaders to the final minutes before succumbing to a narrow defeat, this time at the Crown Field, Keynsham writes Kerry Miller.
It was hard on the visitors who came within an inch of taking two points off Westbury United last week when they hit the post with the last kick of the match and at Keynsham they were still in the game until a late tap in from Matt Brown sealed the deal.
With Westbury losing out to the awful weather, the Canaries effectively used their game in hand to go back to the top of Division One although there was rarely much chance of repeating their last two home wins, both ending 5-2.
However, should Adey Harvey have netted inside 30 seconds rather than giving the impressive Matt Semple the chance to save then it could have been much different but to the credit of Neil Bailey and Jeff Meacham’s side they gave as good as they got and played some nice football themselves of the immaculate 4G pitch. Russ Church shot over following a quick break but on 11 minutes the home side took the lead when Kyle Box fed full back Tauren Williams and his cross drifted over Semple and in off the far post. Almondsbury responded well with Alex Bisp’s free-kick being nodded back for Greg Parr to mistime his volley before at the other end Box’s 30 yard drive was well saved low down by Semple.
Almondsbury were being stretched at the back and gave away a host of free-kicks, although the match was never remotely dirty, and from one Cam Shorney was a yard over the bar before Semple denied the same player with a fabulous flying save.
As the half closed out Church linked with skipper Dan Lane to shoot just wide from a promising position then Craig Wilson was on the end of a good home passing move but fired over.
On the restart the visitors had a good spell with a number of corners and Bisp should have levelled from six yards but mistimed his effort on the hour and the best chance of the game was gone.
Leading scorer Brown was doing plenty of grafting up front as he looked for his 50th Town goal in 70 games and was inches away from connecting when Nat Curnock swung in a curling cross just as Box left the field to be replaced by James Ollis. Wilson was then kept out by the busy Semple once again who then made a stunning double stop to keep out both Harvey and Wilson again as Keynsham were looking to kill off the hard working visitors. By that time they were reduced to the odd counter attack by the home side who were occasionally let down by their first or second touches but Almondsbury were always in the game and Ben Chick’s long cross to the far post was kneed wide by Bisp to the relief of the home crowd which had been getting ever more fretful. Ollis then went on a solo mission but Semple again somehow kept his side in it with another superb save but it all was in vain as Wilson wriggled past a tired defence and laid Brown’s 50th goal on a plate in injury time.
Keynsham next travel to Devizes Town where they will hope to maintain their lead at the top of the table while Almondsbury have a home game with Radstock Town.