Keynsham Town start the year in good form

KEYNSHAM Town’s young first team has entered the new year in good form as they battle to move away from the relegation places in the Toolstation Western League Division One.

Boxing Day saw local rivals Brislington, lying in third place in the league, visit Crown Fields. But it was the Ks who looked more like the side at the top of the table, as they turned in a commanding performance to run out comfortable 2-0 winners. Keynsham’s goals came from their two leading scorers, Joe Davis and Jemar Thomas.

After their next two away games at Bristol Telephones and Warminster Town fell victim to our wonderful British weather, the Ks followed up on their Boxing Day win with a convincing 5-2 victory over Hallen on a bitterly cold Tuesday evening at Crown Fields.

They came from behind twice, with goals from Jemar Thomas (two), Joe Davis, Brandon Oputeri and Theo Jeremy.

However, the fates were against Keynsham four days later when they hosted another high-flying neighbour in Bitton.

The Ks were deservedly 2-1 ahead going into the last 20 minutes after a brace by Joe Davis as his fine form continued. The game was then halted after an innocent clash near the touchline resulted in a serious injury to Keith Kearney of Bitton, which was later diagnosed as a dislocated knee.

The medical staff, under guidance from the emergency services by telephone, decided it would be unwise to move him on to a stretcher and off the field so that the game could continue.

The referee gave it half an hour, but with an ambulance still awaited and the freezing temperature, he had no choice but to abandon the game.

Fortunately the club understand that Keith’s operation was a success and hopefully he will make a full recovery.

Keynsham Town FC is always keen to support local charities, with their walking football section particularly active in this regard.

The club made a collection and donated their raffle proceeds at their Boxing Day game on behalf of two fantastic charities – the Jessie May Trust and Children’s Hospice South West.

The generous support from a bumper attendance of 204 on the day raised over £130, meaning that overall the club has raised more than £750 for these two worthy causes.

The Ks reserves have maintained their mid-table position in the Uhlsport Somerset County Premier Division, whilst similarly the club’s ladies’ first team are also midway in the league going into the last four months of the season.

Pictured, winger Theo Jeremy in full flight for the Ks against Bitton