• Match Report
  • Saturday 21st Aug 2021
    Keynsham Town
    KO: 15.00
    Home Game

    Match report for #BAFC vs Keynsham Youth and experience. Both are essential factors in any successful football team, but today*s sides appeared to take each to the extreme. Buckland, missing half a dozen first-teamers, featured an impressive five starters under the age of 22; this appeared in stark contrast to a Keynsham Town side boasting a wealth of experience at this level. Town, centered around the aerial solidity and physicality offered by their experienced, if not exactly fleet-footed, centre back pairing of Saunders and Grist, faced the dreaded pace and stamina offered by Buckland*s youth. But, as testament to the enduring fascination of football, these vastly different sides played out an evenly-matched, close affair, ending in a 2-2 draw. As expected, it was Keynsham that attempted to impose their physical superiority in the early exchanges, starting with a surprising tempo Buckland appeared unable to match. It was in the 9th minute that increasingly-impressive Buckland stopper Andy Collins, still just 19, made a truly remarkable save, rushing across his goal to block a fierce Nat Brown shot. Such saves have become a frequent sight for the Buckland faithful; less so for the shocked Keynsham bench, who disdained "where did they get this keeper from"!? This appeared to act as a catalyst for Bucks, the prodigious Tor Swann, making his full debut, appearing especially dangerous down the left-hand side. This avenue was fully exploited in the 17th minute when Price*s clipped pass down the side dragged the ageing Keynsham defence wide, creating the space for Ryan Bush to slot home in a one-on-one finish from the edge of the box. However, with experience comes the calmness to respond to such adversity, and indeed Town were quickly able to regain control on the midfield. The 21st minute saw a swift Keynsham equaliser from Metters, their direct and decoying midfield runners at times overpowering Bucks. Town*s increasing confidence would see them lead some 20 minutes later, their direct play opening space behind Price that would be turned in on the stroke of half-time. The second half turned into a much more cagy, turgid affair, Town increasingly seeking to impose their physical presence on Bucks. Fouls were frequent, chances were few and far between, but it was to be one of Bucks starlets, substitution Jack Winsor, that would provide a telling contribution. His exquisite diagonal pass from halfway found Groves, who brilliantly turned inside the Town fullback, his left-footed shot arcing beautifully into the top corner. The youth of Buckland still requiring a moment of brilliance from captain and elder statesman. Buck*s stamina in the final minutes made them the more likely to score, Keynsham increasingly settling for the draw, but it was ultimately to end in a share of the spoils, a point apiece a fair reflection on the game*s course. Both teams will likely be satisfied with a draw against rivals just two league places apart, but it is Buckland who can rest assured that the future, and indeed present, is secure in the exuberance of youth.

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