This match went ahead at the AJN Stadium despite the wet weather and thanks to the 3G pitch and despite a floodlight failure but thanks to an early kick-off. The home fans however, will wish that it had succumbed to one or the other, as Westbury United demolished Keynsham Town.
The visitors took an early goal when, after 7 minutes, Callum Demkiv was fouled in penalty area and he converted the spot kick himself. Keynsham replied straightaway when Ben Harris curled a shot from 20 yards out but just past the righthand side of the goal. However, despite Westbury’s early lead, the remainder of the first period was fairly even, perhaps Keynsham even edged it.
The second half was a different story when Westbury tore Keynsham apart. They doubled their lead in the 46th minute following a defensive mistake which left Demkiv clear of the home defence and he rounded Ash Clark in the Keynsham goal to put the ball into an empty net. Ten minutes later it was 3-0 when, after good work by Demkiv who knocked it onto Sam Jordan whose shot rebounded off Joe Stradling in a crowded penalty area and into the net.
Keynsham got a goal back on 60 minutes when Ben Harris’s curling cross from the left was knocked in at the far post by Matt Long. The revival did not last long, Rikky Hulbert added a fourth two minutes later and Sam Jordan a fifth on 65 minutes with a powerful header from a corner. Jamie Price scored for Keynsham with a long-range shot that took a wicked deflection off a Westbury defender and looped over Ed Baldy into the Westbury goal. The scoring was finally finished with another goal from Sam Jordan who deflected a shot by Will Thomson into the net.
It was the pace and clinical finishing of Westbury in the second half that was too much for a much-changed home defence.
Star man: Callum Demkiv (Westbury United).