Keynsham 0-3 Bridgwater United

BRIDGWATER United picked up their tenth away win of the season yesterday (March 5) as they defeated Keynsham 0-3, writes Mark Hollidge.

That means they have the most away wins of any side in the competition, and if the home form was as strong the Robins would be clear at the top of the table.

In this game the home side weren’t given even a sniff of a chance in what was a tremendous all-round performance.

Over the course of the ninety minutes there was only one moment when Keynsham looked like scoring.

With the score at 0-1, Hailston chipped the ball over United’s defence to Cottle, he was on his own and no more than 10 metres out yet he miscued his shot wide of the left post.

The first goal , after 13 minutes, was excellent; Ross Edwards ran at pace from his own half straight through the middle before passing to his right, he picked out Jack Taylor who didn’t have to break stride or take a touch and he drove a low shot with clinical precision across Seth Locke and inside the left post.

The one way traffic continued. From a Tom Llewellyn corner kick a volley by Edwards rattled the outside of a post.

On the stroke of half time it was Edwards again causing trouble in the Keynsham penalty box, he met another Tom Llewellyn corner kick with his head this time and Locke did very well to smother the ball on the goal line.

In the early part of the second half United looked to be getting a bit carried away with the idea of shooting from long range, with the wind now firmly behind them.

So a couple of efforts billowed way too high but they soon changed their range.

Keynsham were playing with an increased amount of zip in the second half but found penetrating the United defence almost impossible.

There was a flurry of substitutes and these changes appeared to help the visitors the most and after 78 minutes, Tom Llewellyn tried his luck from 20 yards and the shot was pushed out and to the right of the goal.

From this unpromising angle substitute Adnan Hiroli struck the ball first time and it seemed to enter the net between Locke and the near post.

There was some fuss about this because defender George Rooke was lying down on the pitch with an injury.

Keynsham seemed to think that United should have kicked the ball off the pitch, so he could get treatment, and it could be said that his temporary incapacity played a part in the goal.

However, Keynsham had the chance to kick the ball off the pitch too but didn’t.

Morgan Williams shot wide of a gaping target after sub Nick Woodrow beat Locke to the ball but in the 93rd minute Taylor made the win complete.

His fierce shot, from the edge of the box, may have taken a slight deflection which lifted it above the keeper.

Up next, Bridgwater United are away at Saltash on Wednesday night, kick off is 7.30pm.

Their next home game is next Saturday (March 12) when they host Helston Athletic, that game kicks off at 3pm at Fairfax Park.