KJM SPORT REPORT Keynsham Town 2 Millbrook AFC 1

Far from home with a depleted squad, to lose to a goal in the sixth minute of time added on is about as tough as it gets in the Western League.

But Millbrook boss Macca Brown was lavish in his praise of struggling Keynsham’s young side, who got the better of the Cornish side on the 3G pitch.

Brown described Keynsham as ‘the best footballing side we’ve played this season, right up there with Mousehole’ and compliments don’t come much higher than that.

Millbrook’s man of the match Josh Johnson had given the visitors a first half lead but it was cancelled out before that late, late hammer blow.

Brown said: “I know on paper losing to any side, in any league who are joint bottom of the league, is always going to seem like a really bad day at the office.

“But in the context of the game I would have been delighted to come away with a point, and that looked like happening until the 96th minute when they deservedly grabbed the winner.

“In fact with five minutes to go I even said to my assistant Lee that if they scored they’d fully deserve it as they dominated the whole of the second half.

“To lose with the last kick was a sickener, the injury time came from some ridiculous refereeing where he stopped the game for six minutes to ask for a paying Keynsham spectator to leave the ground and wouldn’t restart the game until he did.

“Funnily enough that allowed their player receiving treatment in the changing room for a bleeding nose the time he needed to get back onto the pitch.

“I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Mark Clattenberg ask for Dave the Scaffolder in the third row of the Stretford End to leave Old Trafford because he voiced his displeasure with a throw-in decision but I shouldn’t be surprised really, as long as everyone knew who was in charge that’s all that matters.”

He went on: “I was hugely impressed with Keynsham, as a footballing side they were the best we’ve played this season, right up there with Mousehole and their approach is very similar and playing on the 3G surface really helps them in that respect.

“Their weakness is their average age as a side is so so young and with that comes naivety and the case of potentially being outmuscled but from a footballing perspective they were excellent which maybe you’d expect as from what i gather they’re all just out of the professional academy system and have a lot of training time on their programme.

“To beat them you either have to be better than them technically, or take advantage of their youthfulness by outmuscling them, but they’ll beat teams who are in between those two things and that’s exactly what we were.

“They were superior technically and didn’t ever move away from their principles and we ourselves lacked the steel needed to make it tough for them.

“We missed some key players in that respect, no Jack, Jason, Jake, Knighty who are our experience and would have been vital in that kind of game, but we also had no Ben Goulty and Kieran O’Melia so we were extremely depleted and didn’t have too many options to freshen it up as the game went on.

“It was just one of those weekends which we’ve not had too many of this season, but with so many out we become a really different proposition as the games we’ve won this season really have been a squad effort, and we didn’t have that yesterday.

“We started well, went 1-0 up after a great goal from JJ and were then really unlucky to concede, we should have had a foul in the build up and then a clearance hit our own man and they were in.

“We had some great chances to go ahead but didn’t take them, and that’s been the story of the last couple of weeks really.
“We then lost Hayden Greening to injury which was a huge blow as we had to move a number of things around to deal with that.

“In the first half it was pretty even and we actually had the better chances and I felt that’s when we should have had the game won.

“They were moving the ball very well at a great tempo on the Astro surface, and the more they did that the more we had to run, so naturally it had an impact in the second half as we tired and we struggled to get out of our half.

“Two teams have the opportunity to own the football in a game though and we lacked composure all across the pitch really, especially in the transition moments when we just gave it straight back to Keynsham every time and that’s unacceptable really at this level and we were shooting ourselves in the foot.

“But we gave everything with what we had and at the end of the day we didn’t have the quality on the day, we lost to the better team, we were outplayed and out thought tactically.

“I’ll be really interested to see how Keynsham progress as the season goes on, at home especially because as I said, they’re a very talented bunch.”

SWSN Star Josh Johnson
Millbrook are set to host Jake Ash's talented Mousehole side tomorrow at Jenkins Park (1945ko) weather-permitting

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