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Keynsham 22- BARFC 29

| 06/10/2018

South West One (West)

Keynsham 22- BARFC 29

Bridgwater and Albion produced another good all round performance to beat Keynsham 29-22 and move up to second place in the table.

Albion welcomed back Taylor Buller from a long time injury for this match, which also marked the 375th first team appearance for club stalwart Dan Kemmish.

The hosts started strongly and put Bridgwater under concerted pressure from the off and after several infringements on seven minutes Keynsham were awarded a penalty try.

Albion picked themselves up well from this early setback and on 15 minutes Heal kicked the ball deep into Keynsham territory, but the attack was repelled.

On 23 minutes just after Tom Fournier had gone off injured, to be replaced by Kyran Devitt who played scrum half for the rest of the match, Rob Gurnett hacked a loose ball forward, got a kindly bounce and went over for a try which Stuart Heal converted to level the scores.

The visitors then enjoyed an attacking period which saw the forwards creating space that full back Will Monro sprinted into before scoring an unconverted try in the corner.

There was an infringement at the kick off as a result of which Albion were awarded a penalty which Heal kicked into touch in the Keynsham 22. From the line out Albion drove towards the line, but Keynsham infringed and the referee awarded a penalty try that extended the visitors lead.

Just before the interval George Sluman burst over for a try following another Albion attack which Heal converted to make the score 26-7 at half time.

Keynsham had the wind in their favour at the re-start and took full advantage of some early infringements but the Bridgwater defence held firm. However in the 51st minute the hosts were awarded a penalty which Challenger slotted home.

Just on the hour Albion were awarded a penalty 30 metres out which Heal kicked.

However from the kick off Keynsham made good use of the breeze and produced a good move that resulted in winger Jack Evans scoring a try which Challenger converted.

With the game now in the final quarter Albion knew that ball retention was key and they achieved this well thanks to the likes of player coach Wayne Sprangle, Ethan Trebble-Westlake and Kemmish who were always on hand to play their part.

Keynsham kept on pressing forward however and on 72 minutes full back Monro produced a fine try saving tackle. Soon after though the hosts were rewarded for their persistence when Bradnok went over for a try that wasn’t converted.

Albion defended stoutly in the dying minutes and at the final whistle ran out the deserved 29-22 winners.

This was another good result for the Albion who showed good all round skill and resilience throughout the 80 minutes.

Bridgwater and Albion-

Will Monro, James Brakes, Rob Gurnett, James Collings, Richard Bright, Stuart Heal, Tom Fournier, Taylor Buller, George Sluman, Wayne Sprangle, Dan Kemmish, Ethan Trebble-Westlake, Craig Coleman, Adam Greenslade and Mike Saunders.

Replacements all used- Craig Blyde, Bryan Webb and Kyran Devitt.

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