This much anticipated and several times postponed local derby finally got under way at the AJN Stadium, but even before kick-off, it was in doubt whether or not it would be completed. From the terraces where most Ks fans watched the match, it was difficult to make out which player was which on the far side, due to the fog that was starting to cover the ground.
However, the match did kick off and in the first minute the visitors looked dangerous when a long through ball found George Boon, but his attempt on goal was blocked by Ash Clark, the Keynsham goalkeeper. Keynsham hit back when Craig Wilson shot over from 10 yards and Jamie Noble turned and volleyed from 25 yards out which went wide on the right. Further chances fell to both sides in an end to end sequence but neither could capitalise on their attacking play.
However, after 17 minutes a ball was put through Benjamin Allen which split the home defence and he calmly shot past the advancing Ash Clark. The home crowd of 138 could see déjà vu all over again after several poor defensive Keynsham performances recently had led to losses. This match however, was not following the same script. Within four minutes Keynsham had equalised. Following a corner on the right, the ball came back to Cam Shorney whose pin-point cross found Adey Harvey in the penalty area and he made no mistake with a powerful header. Four minutes later again and Keynsham were ahead, courtesy of a Jordan Anstey volley which gave the visitors goalkeeper Oliver Jones no chance. That was some turnaround and Keynsham’s confidence grew and they were in control for the remaining part of the first half.
With the home supporters now looking forward to a much-needed victory, things turned for the worst during the interval. The fog which during the first half seemed to be fairly settled now became thicker and by the time the match was due to restart, it was impossible to see from one side of the pitch to the other. Referee Craig Scriven made the sensible decision to delay the restart to see if it would clear. Luckily just as the time-limit he had imposed was due to run out, the air became clearer and was no worse than it was during the first period.
The match restarted 15 minutes late and within four minutes Keynsham had increased their lead when Matt Brown drew the Heath’s goalkeeper wide but still managed to get the ball back to the middle where Adey Harvey shot into a near empty goal. From this point on Keynsham were in complete control and Cadbury Heath never looked like getting back into the match. Matt Brown, looking more dangerous than in recent weeks, back in a more central role, hit the right-hand post with the goalkeeper beaten. The match started to peter out as Keynsham managed the game to keep their lead. Substitute Troy Walters looked lively following his appearance from the bench midway through the second half and he hit the left-hand post after a break down the left by fellow substitute Stef Lee, with full-time approaching.
So, Keynsham gained the much-needed three points to leapfrog over their local rivals in the league. Apart from the lapse that led the Heath’s goal the home defence always looked in control, which was a change from recent matches and the attack always looked like scoring. The margin of victory could have been greater.
Star man: Ade Harvey.
Report by Mike Slucutt