Keynsham Town Staff 1-1 Waitrose Keynsham
On a cold, foggy night two social teams battled it out for a 1-1 draw in aid of Keynsham Town Jnrs FC. Waitrose were one goal up in the first 15 minutes but the staff team came back strongly and managed to score at the death in a closely fought game.
Waitrose started the match strongly with their pace and energy causing real problems for the Keynsham Town back line. The direct running of Chris Gardner and Mark West from midfield created a few openings with Lee Humphries and Jake Sampson linking up well up front. So it was evitable that all of this attacking pressure would yield a goal. The goal was actually a wonder strike from West, who was allowed too much time and space after cutting in from the right, the young till trained Partner unleashed an unstoppable shot from 25 yards which flew into the top corner.
The 4-4-2 formation of Waitrose was working well but Keynsham were just about managing to soak up the pressure. Chris King, Keynsham Town’s first team player-manager, was pulling the strings from a defensive midfield position and gradually they got back into the a game a bit more. Hayden Durk, from meat and fish, was on hand to smoother anything that came into the box with ambient Partner Joe Gardner communicating well at the back. One scare the travelling side was when Durk was beaten only for Tom Summerhill to be on hand to clear off the line.
So Waitrose went into the break the happier of the two teams and came out with the same formation. The only change was pushing Tom Summerhill, from the Bakery, further up the pitch to utilise his pace. Keynsham made a change too with about 5 new players entering the fray to freshen up their tiring team and they went 3 at the back with the extra man going in to midfield. This worked well for Keynsham with Waitrose coming under a lot of pressure with Keynsham going through on goal a lot more. Durk made a few more decent saves with his defence on hand to clear up any rebounds.
On the 70 minute the decision from the Waitrose was to go for the extra goal to kill the game off. So they matched Bath’s formation and put West and Summerhill up front. However this saw the influential pair having to drop back a bit more to get the ball and the formation was lost a bit; with cramp setting in to a few of the Partners in midfield. The game was still 1-0 to Waitrose though until the 89th minute. Junior secretary David Sainsbury jinx past two challenges to lift a ball through over the top of the defence allowing their striker one on one with Durk, just beating him at the near post.
So a very competitive game finished 1-1 with both sides pleased with the run out. There is already talk of a spring rematch and just over £300 was raised for the Junior club on the night. This came from the players and a raffle going round, with some of the prizes donated from M Tanner Sports.
MOTM – Waitrose – Joe Gardner, Keynsham Town – Chris King
Waitrose Team (starting line up) – Hayden Durk (GK), Jake Morley, Tom Summerhill, Joe Gardner, Ryan Carreyett, Chris Gardner, Jack Nicholas, Mark West (1), Paul Davies, Lee Humphries, Jake Sampson
Bench – Mark Tanner, Darren Emmett, George Kimber