Keynsham 10 - 13 Drybrook
The Tribute South West 1 League has developed a pattern in the last few weeks of recording close-fought encounters across the board in all matches and this trend continued this week-end the game between Keynsham and second placed Drybrook RFC being no exception. A goodly crowd enjoyed an open attractive game where, yet again defences dominated.
The visitors dominated both possession and territory in the opening ten minutes before Keynsham got a foothold in the Drybrook half. Several attacks were snuffed out and a few more squandered through lost line outs and a ball squirting out of a scrum awkwardly. Drybrook then turn the screw and put concerted pressure on the Keynsham line, the defence held, but eventually the got their reward through a penalty by full back Tom Treherne on about 30 minutes. 0-3.
Keynsham attacked straight away and following a speculative kick and chase by winged Gaz Bradnock it was their turn to squeeze the visitors defence. A yellow card for their wing forward gave Keynsham the edge they needed and from a catch and drive hooker Tom Lewis burrowed over the line; Sam Challenger slotted the conversion for a 7-3 lead. In the closing stages Brad Newton stole two successive Drybrook lineouts to relieve the pressure just before half time; thus the score remained 7-3 with everything to play for.
The second half started as the first with the visitors in control for a long period until a break away saw Kit Timmins pin his ears back and make a 70 metre dash, caught above 15 metres short. A turnover forced by Ben Angel led to a penalty award with Sam Challenger kicking a fine goal to make it 10-3. Back swarmed Drybrook and the pressure told with the sin-binning of the afore mentioned Angell but somehow Keynsham hung onto their lead. At last Drybrook scored – a penalty from Freherne to make it even closer at 10-6. For the home team Kieran Chester replaced debutante Kris Borthwick, returning from long-term injury.
Keynsham were down to 13 men for a brief period following a yellow card for skipper Jack Weston but still the game ebbed and flowed; nip and tuck all the way. With barely 5 minutes to go Keynsham’s defence was breached for the first time by a well worked move aided by a rare missed tackle, and scrum-half/winger Mike Baldwin dotted down, Treherne adding the conversion for a final score of 10-13.
A tremendous effort by all the squad, more of the same please.