Just last season these two teams were two steps of the National League System apart.  Newly-promoted Street were on their way to a respectful eighth place finish in the Southern League.  Keynsham on the other hand, were still recovering from just losing out on promotion the season before, but were on their way becoming Western League Division One champions.

With Keynsham’s promotion and Street taking voluntary relegation, the sides met at the AJN Stadium on level terms.  Street were six points ahead of Keynsham but had played a game more.  As expected, therefore the match was an even affair throughout.

Keynsham started off by attacking the car park end of the ground with same the starting line-up as their last match away to Roman Glass St George.  During the first half Leighton Thomas on Street’s left wing and wing back George Rook on Keynsham’s right, started most of the attacking moves.  After 15 minutes Ash Clark in the home goal kept the scores level sticking out a foot to block a shot by Kameron Andrews.

Keynsham took the lead ten minutes later after they had won a corner.  Harley Purnell’s in-swinger from the left found Mike Grist at the far post who headed it back across the goal.  Street goalkeeper Liam Norris failed to cut out either ball across his goal and Troy Walters headed it home on the left-hand post.

George Rook then made a great cross-field pass to Scott Saunders in the middle who in turn passed onto Troy Walters who was fouled just outside the penalty area.  The resulting free kick came to nothing.  Keynsham made most of the attacking moves towards the end of the first period but couldn’t increase their lead.  In fact, Ash Clark was called upon to block a shot from Sam Smith on 45 minutes to keep the lead for the Ks.

Just after the restart Keynsham won a corner on the right which found Scott Saunders 25 yards out completely unmarked, but his thunderbolt shot was blocked by the Street defence.  Then Matt Brown had a shot saved by Liam Norris down to his left, after a good build up and Troy Walters put a ball across the face of the goal with which Jamie Noble just failed to connect.

After 60 minutes Keynsham made a double-substitution with Stef Lee and Craig Wilson replacing Troy Walters and Jamie Noble.  Immediately after this move, Street equalised from a free kick taken by Kameron Andrews who passed to their number 17 (unnamed on the team sheet) who flicked it passed Ash Clark.

The home fans’ disappointment was short-lived when referee Richard Lawrence awarded Keynsham a penalty for what looked like an innocuous tackle on Matt Brown.  However, Mike Grist, who up until then had had a great game at the back and even pushing forward on occasions, sent his spot kick too tamely to Liam Norris’s left and he managed to dive and keep it out.

Keynsham were not unsettled by this miss, and won a free kick on the right which was taken by Harley Purnell.  His kick across the danger area was missed by Liam Norris, but the Ks attackers could not take any advantage.  Keynsham continued to push forward and forced several corners.  Eventually Harley Purnell took one from the left corner flag and, almost exactly like their first goal, it was headed back from the far post (was that Mike Grist again?), but this time is was Craig Wilson who nodded it in from short range.

Street came more into the match following this set back, but the Keynsham defence stood firm, ably led by example by Mike Grist.

Starman: Mike Grist. Apart from his penalty miss, he hardly put a foot wrong.

Teams

Keynsham Town Street
1 Ash Clark 1 Liam Norris
2 George Rooke 2 Lewis Dix
3 Danny Lock 3 Oliver Pearson
4 Mike Grist © 4 Henry Napier
5 Jordan Anstey 5 Anele Ncube
6 Scott Saunders 6 Bradley Shepard
7 Harley Purnell 7 Leighton Thomas
8 Matt Long 8 Sam Smith
9 Matt Brown 9 Kameron Andrews
10 Troy Walter 10 Callum Thompson
11 Jamie Noble 11 Richard Hebditch
12 Tauren Williams 12 Kyle Strange
14 Craig Wilson 14 Jakob Dickens
15 Stef Lee 15 Elliot Hegarty
16 Adey Harvey 16
17 Jamie Price 17

 

Referee: Richard Lawrence.  Assistants: Carl Peters and Kevin Lewis.