Bush double leads the way as Keynsham boost their chances of beating the drop
KEYNSHAM made the most of their first home game in almost two months – and their first outing of any kind since January 12 – to secure a tremendous 30pts-15 victory over Old Bristolians in Western Counties North.
Matt Randall's side surged 24 points clear at the break, and although Old Bs rallied after the turnaround, Keynsham were good value for a win that could prove crucial in their battle to avoid the drop.
Flanker Lewis Bush (2), fly-half Ben Bolster and prop Richard 'Rocky' O'Keefe crossed for Keynsham, who were crushed 40-13 success when these sides last met back in October.
And Bolster was also on target with two conversions and two penalties, boosting confidence ahead of Saturday's big game away to fellow strugglers Avon.
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It was also a good day for Bristol Harlequins, who claimed an important 36-16 home win over Cirencester thanks to five-pointers from Ross Hickery, Troy Fry, Rob Raby, Lee Jones, James Russe-Jones and Aaron Baker. Hickery was also on target with three conversions.
Leaders Hornets, in league action for the first time since winning at Matson on January 12, romped in 52-0 at home to Avon to go through the 500-point barrier for the season.
Player-coach Alec Chase set the ball rolling with his 21st try of the campaign, while Matt Cornish (2), Stuart Vinnicombe, Joe Gadd, Sean Kent, Adam Vaughan and Bobby Hewlett also crossed.
North Bristol slipped up 25-24 at Matson, who grabbed the win with an injury-time try. Jonny Gait, Jake Holcombe and Mike Lewis touched down for the visitors, with Dan Snow booting all three conversions and a penalty.
Barton Hill's clash at Wells was called off because of a waterlogged pitch and will now be played on March 30.
Weston-super-Mare are the new leaders of National Three South West on points difference from London Irish.
The Seasiders rallied from trailing 16-6 at the turnaround for a 37-19 victory at Brixham thanks to tries from Sam Smee (2), Dave Burge, Ash Russell and Ross Bennett, with James Mackay adding two penalties and three conversions.
Irish, who battled to a 29-23 home win over lowly Amersham & Chiltern, are away on Saturday to Avonmouth, who lost 43-19 at third placed Exmouth.
In South West One West, Clevedon let slip a 32-19 lead at home to 14-man Camborne, who clinched a dramatic 33-32 victory.
Tries from winger Oscar James, lock Alistair Blundell, centre Mike Taylor and No 8 Dave Rawle, plus two Taylor penalties and three conversions, put the North Somerset side in control. But the Cornish visitors finished strongly to claim the spoils despite having scrum-half Dave Pascoe red-carded on the hour.
Cleve suffered a fourth successive reverse, losing 16-8 at home to Wadebridge, while Ollie Fleming and Adam Hodgkins crossed as Thornbury lost 32-13 at leaders North Petherton, who travel to third-placed Old Reds this Saturday.
The Brislington side rolled on with an eight-try 53-0 victory over North Dorset, but just as satisfying was a second clean sheet in four outings.
Dan Fry led the charge with a hat-trick of tries, while Jack Steer, Dave Harris, James Wilmott, Saul Nelson and Callum Partridge all crossed, with Steer kicking four conversions and a penalty.
There was also a collector's item of a conversion from flanker Sean Fox.