Bridgwater United 2-1 Keynsham Town

UNITED seem determined to finish the season with a flourish but they were made to work very hard by their competent opponents, writes Mark Hollidge.

A late winner from debutant Troy Simpson enabled the Robins to move back into 4th place in the table and extended their unbeaten run to six games.

A cagey first half, with United generally on top, turned into a more open, flowing affair after the break. Judged on overall dominance and chances, United deserved the win.

Simpson impressed right from the off with his mobility and he almost struck gold after 10 minutes.

A low cross from Harry Durant reached Simpson at the near post. His instant flick was goal bound but Seth Locke did well to push the shot over the bar.

Near the half time break Taylor broke down the right but two defenders converged on him, and he shot wide at the near post. At this point Keynsham had offered zero threat.

The second half opened with the visitors looking more determined up front.

United do often pack some punch at corner kicks but they were missing their main two dead ball deliverers, the Llewellyn brothers.

However, King accepted the mantle, and his superb corner kick was rammed into the net by the bulldozing bounce of the immense Jacob Spence. One nil after 54 minutes.

Spence became the goal saver ten minutes later when he won a challenge with Jamie Noble from right under the United crossbar.

United have been doing a good job at shutting out opponents, no goals conceded in four games, and it was going to take something special, or a fluke, to break that sequence. It was the latter.

With eight minutes left, Metters shot from a central position was nothing special and would have been easily saved if it hadn’t taken a deflection which diverted it just out of Jake Viney’s reach.

The Robins would not settle for just one point and pressed forward for the winner.

The winner came after 87 minutes. With King substituted, Mike Duffy took over corner kick duties and he did not disappoint. His kick to the far post was headed back by Edwards and Simpson poked it in from 5 yards.

An enjoyable game on a firm pitch bathed in early Spring sunshine. Both sides gave it their all, no end of season lethargy here.

Special mention to United’s two young full backs, Mike Murphy, and Harry Durant. Both could be very happy with their contributions – helped as they were by the peerless, powerhouse pairing of Edwards and Spence.