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With no first team game scheduled over the Bank Holiday and the reserve team fixture at Barnet called off due to snow in the South East of England, Keynsham Town manager Barrie Newton took a cross section of his senior squad to the Easter Tournament at Pontins, Brean Sands.
The tournament proved not only to be a welcome fitness and match practice benefit, but also brought home the club's first silverware of the season with an unbeaten match run landing the 2008 SCI Mitre Unimatch Trophy for the open ladies section, which was presented that evening by former England and Southampton star, Matt Le Tissier.
Keynsham's side, which contained a mixture of First and Reserve team players, played three 50 minute eleven a-side matches during an intense five hour afternoon session to come out on top against sides not only from the South West, but also the Midlands and Home Counties. Keynsham scored 14 goals and conceded just one during their games.
Barrie Newton was pleased with the endurance of his small 12-player squad as they coped with 150 minutes of football in one afternoon and their resilience against some physical opposition and commented: "We needed the match practice after a few gaps appeared in our fixture list. Conditions were adverse with very high winds on the coast, but we still managed to play our passing football.
"It was also another chance to see some of our reserves and how they fitted in alongside our more established players."
Keynsham's goals came from Sheila Rocha (9), Lorna Gover (2), Charlotte Plumb (2) and Luciana Silva.
Photo - Roanna Newton, Charlotte Plumb and Tracey Rouemaine with the trophy.
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