Keynsham Town 1-0 Devizes Town
Western League Division One
Keynsham make it 10 wins from 11 games in their fine form this season. However John Allen‘s side had to stay patient to get the deciding goal.
Inside ten minutes the tempo was set as a Keynsham lob goes over the bar. Then on 10 minutes a free kick by Harley Purnell finds James Ollis, who lays it back to Matt Brown, but his first time shot is over.
16 minutes in and Ollis goes close from a counter out to Purnell. The midfielder cuts inside of for Nathan Curnock to pass it quickly into the middle, where Ollis runs past two in the box, but his shot is wide.
Less than ten minutes later create a good chance from a quick counter. Tauren Williams‘ ball over the top which commits the keeper out of his area. However Ollis was first to it but shoots over.
There was still time for Devizes to test Ash Clark as number 14 struck a decent effort from 40 yard; which was tipped over.
Just before the half time whistle sounded Keynsham’s reserve team striker, Stef Lee (called up for this game) had an effort which was just wide .
Keynsham were on the front foot right from the off as the Devizes number one saves well from Brown who followed up on an Ollis shot; great reflex save.
Ten minutes later Adrian Harvey‘s header from a corner was headed off the line at the back post.
Purnell effort wide after good build up from Curnock and a dummy from Ollis.
The break through finally came for the home side at around the 76th minute mark. Brown touches back to Ollis, who had the time to measure a cross. He delivers on the left which finds Daniel Spill to head home inside the 6 yard box.
Clark was tested again in the Keynsham goal from 16’s long ranged effort, but then there was a flash point for the referee to contend with.
In the last ten minutes there was an altercation between a Devizes midfield and Keynsham’s centre back Mike Grist. There was a committed challenge between the pair and Grist got up and reacted, causing both sets of players to rush in. It resulted in a yellow card for Grist, who is lucky to escape without a red card.
The game then fizzled out in the final few minutes with Devizes attacking more but Ollis tests the keeper in the last chance of note in the game.
A few flash points at the end but a good 3 points for the home side, which was deserved on the balance of play. Devizes were forced back for long periods throughout the game due to Keynsham’s attacking pressure, defending from the front line.