Keynsham caned by in-form hosts
Winscombe 46 Keynsham 2nd 17
Winscombe recorded a second big win in succession as they continued their push for a top-five finish in Somerset Premier.
The home side could not have had wished for a better start as Greg Brown fed Owen Howell, whose powerful run gave room for James Flower to grab a try in the first minute.
Keynsham drove forward from the restart but Simon Thompson and Adam Scarse averted the danger.
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The Winscombe pack then gave their opponents a warning of things to come, winning the first of many strikes against the head to send Howell through a gap to feed Flower for his second try, which was converted.
Aaron Ford's direct running created space for Howell and he released George House for a fine third try.
Keynsham strung together several dangerous attacks but were foiled each time by good tackles from Brown, Ford, Howell and Will Thomas, aided by turnovers from Will Higginbottom, Ryan Robinson and Dan Fryer.
On the one occasion the visitors' best runner did break through and looked set to score, he was knocked back by a powerful Flower tackle.
The tryline was eventually crossed, though, when Keynsham kicked to the corner from a penalty and a driving maul took them over.
Winscombe took three points with a kick from ten metres but it was cancelled out soon afterwards.
The hosts were soon on the attack again through a strong drive, which brought Thomas a pushover try from a five- metre scrum. Howell converted.
Winscombe got more good field position when a good kick was chased by Craig Telega and House to leave Keynsham throwing five metres from their own line.
Andy Ball stole the throw and Winscombe thought they had another pushover try but the ball squirted out at the last second.
However, Scrase was eventually able to flop over for a try in the corner.
Keynsham rallied and collected a converted try but, within three minutes, Winscombe had cancelled out the score when Kieran Clarke charged down a kick to cross the whitewash.
The scoring was completed when a good penalty kick gave Winscombe a throw deep into Keynsham territory.
Dan Fryer and Flower made ground from the lineout before Thomas crossed for his second converted try.
Winscombe had reached the semi-finals of the Somerset Vase with a 15-6 defeat of Gordano under floodlights earlier in the week.