Despite the midweek earthquake, it was Keynsham Town who were rocked early on at home to Bridgwater at the AJN Stadium. After seven minutes, a long through ball to Jake Brown beat several home defenders out on the left and he ran onto it, cut inside and slipped the ball under the diving home custodian, Ash Clark.
Craig Wilson had a chance after 10 minutes but his weak shot was saved by Jake Varney.
Jake Brown, who always looked dangerous in the first half for Bridgwater, hit the crossbar on 20 minutes when sloppy defensive play from Keynsham presented him with this shooting opportunity. The visitors could have scored more, Sam Towler skied the ball over when well-placed after another poor pass. Jack Taylor’s header was straight at Ash Clark when he was well placed and Jake Brown’s shot, following a quick interchange of passes with Taylor, was cleared by George Rook.
The only bright spot for the home fans came four minutes before half-time when Jamie Noble’s 20-yard shot was tipped over the bar by keeper Jake Viney. Another Bridgwater attack was cleared off the line by Tauren Williams to keep Keynsham in touch at half-time.
Centre-forward Jack Taylor squandered two chances before the hour mark had passed. Later, Ash Clark kept the home side in touch several times, advancing off his line to make clearances and rescue his defence.
However, Keynsham could have earned themselves a point when, after 70 minutes a Tauren Williams corner was only half-cleared after panic in the Bridgwater defence and George Rook, re-applying the pressure, danced around several players in the penalty area, but his shot cum pass across the goalmouth could not be turned in by the advancing Mike Grist at the far post.
Keynsham Town’s play throughout the match was poor as passes went astray and chances were presented to their opponents. Bridgwater’s competent performance earned them the three points that they deserved as Keynsham slipped to their fourth consecutive home defeat and seventh home defeat in eight matches. Whether it was the gathering gloom after an early kick-off and another problem with the floodlights, or yet another in a series of poor performances at home, the crowd went home in a fairly despondent mood. The Christmas spirit has not come the AJN Stadium yet!
Star man: Tom Ellis (Bridgwater Town)