Keynsham will have been disappointed not to have cracked open the champagne with the win they needed to be crowned champions. With the bulk of possession in the first half when Chew Valley only had the ball in the hosts half on four occasions they only had a three pont lead at the break.
A Lee Wedlake solo effort when he shrugged off four defenders on his way to the line from the home 10 metre line n 3 minites gave the visitors the lead with Tom Bryan at fullback converting.
The Keynsham pack then turned the screw with Jack Weston at No 8 makng ground to put prop Tim Cobden in at the corner and shortly after from the base of a dominant scrum Weston put former Chew Valley junior Johnny Pearce in for a try. Both conversions were missed.
After the break Keynsham had little ambition other than to play 9 man rugby which worked as they stretched their lead with a forwrds try in the eightnhand corner.
Chew valley clawed their way back nto the game and a Bryan penalty closed the gap on 48 minutes.
The visiting linout misfired all day and chances went missing as a result and their cause looked hopeless when Jack Monk, n for Tom Lmb at hooker saw yellow for what the refferee judged a swinging arm into contact and shortly afterwards Luke Sparkes Brown was adjudged offside when on the try line defending a ruck. So from 56 minutes the visitors were down to 13 men for eight.
With that level of advantage outside half Harvey Davis scored close to the posts and fullback Challenger was successful with the kick. That should have been enough to take the Bolinger out of the chiller but a piece of Bryan magic as he was given the smallest of gaps due to Wedlake in the line produced a try from half way which he converted. With minutes on the clock further Chew Valley pressure in midfield forced a tiring Keynsham defence to conceed a penalty which Bryan nudged to the corner. Spakes Brown and Monk redeemed themselves as the combined at the front of the line with a short ball to put Monk in at the corner to draw the scores level. Bryan converted.
The restart was the last play of the game and perhaps Keynsham expected the ball to be put into touch when fielded by the defence. What they didnt anticipate was centre Joe Cowell catching the ball, neating the onrushing forwards, chipping the fullback, gathering the ball to score a try although their was more than a hint of a knockon in the process. Bryan missed the cnversion so Keynsham picked up two losing bonus points.
The last games of the season will decide honours. Keynsham need a bonus point away at third place Chosen Hill who lost at Coney Hill to be champions. Chosen Hill need to secure a Try bonus point win against Keynsham to put pressure on Chew Valley for a playoff place and hope Chew Valley fail to pick up the bonus point they need for a playoff place. Chew Valley need Keynsham to lose at Chosen Hill with no bonus points while they secue a maximum away at Old Bristolians.
Keynsham 22 Chew Valley 29