Keynsham hit nine as their unbeaten run goes on and on
KEYNSHAM Town continued their strong start to the season in the SW Women's Combination as they shaded a nine-goal thriller at home to Newquay.
Now the only club in the division still to boast a 100 per cent record, their 5-4 victory over the Cornish side means they have opened up a two-point lead over Forest Green Rovers as they bid to bounce straight back up to the FA Women's Premier League following last season's relegation.
Bristol Ladies Union made it back-to-back wins in the SW Women's League after edging a scrappy meeting with newly-promoted Bridgwater Town 3-2 at Coombe Dingle.
BLU fell behind from a free kick on the half-hour but were back on terms within seconds when Alicia Bravo, pictured, fed Frankie Stone for a leveller.
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Bridgwater regained the lead before the break and held it until the final ten minutes when the reintroduction of Natalia Debek saw her set up Cheryl Baber for a second equaliser.
And in the final minute of normal time, Baber returned the favour by putting young striker Debek through for a dramatic winner – and her fourth goal in three league games.
The result left BLU second in the Premier Division, but Downend Flyers maintained their lead at the top by extending their 100 per cent start to with a 4-1 win at Frome Town.
Katie Michael's double, combined with Laura Baker's strike and Grace Bunker's first goal of the season, ensured victory for the Bristol club, who are likely to face their toughest test yet after winning promotion when they face Larkhall Athletic this weekend.
At the foot of the table, Cleeve West Town opened their account with a 2-1 win at Stoke Lane Athletic, who remain bottom and are still waiting for their first point.
In Eastern Division One, goals from Yazmin Lave, Rebecca Dando and Charlotte Cherry earned Keynsham Town Reserves a 3-2 win over Cirencester, but Emma Skinner scored the only goal of the game at St Nicholas to keep early pacesetters Swindon Spitfires top of the table.
Oldland Abbotonians went down 3-0 at second-placed Swindon Supermarine, but assistant boss Steve Lavis was happier with the effort from his depleted team.
"We could only take ten players because we had six away on holiday and two more missing through illness, but the girls wanted to play and showed some of the passion and commitment that had been missing from our performance a week earlier," he said.
The opening games in the Gloucestershire County Women's League saw depleted Bitton fight out a 2-2 draw with Cheltenham Civil Service in Division One, playing part of the match with only ten players after losing Terri Marsh through injury.
Megan Bloomer put Bitton ahead, but the Bristol club then had to fight back from 2-1 down to take a point with Bloomer completing her double.
AEK Boco also shared the spoils after a 3-3 draw at Quedgeley, but BLU Reserves made a winning start to their first campaign in Division Two with a 6-0 romp against Cirencester Town Reserves.
Longwell Green were also playing their first league game, but Sarah Price's goal proved only a consolation as they went down 3-1 against Mitcheldean, despite dominating much of the match.