FA Vase: New Milton Town see off ill-tempered Keynsham Town
FA Vase Third Round
New Milton Town FC 0
Keynsham Town FC 0
(New Milton won 4-3 on penalties)
NEW Milton finally made their superiority pay to defeat Keynsham Town 4-3 on penalties after a fiery encounter at the JMC Stadium in front of a bumper 183-person crowd.
The hosts had multiple chances to take a deserved lead against Keynsham, who play a step higher in the football pyramid. However, an inspired Seth Locke, last-ditch defending and wasteful finishing forced the game to penalties.
New Milton started well, attacking from the start and forced the visitors to retreat into their half.
Tyler Rudd came within inches of scoring in the opening minutes after slotting the ball through the keeper's legs after fine work from Tyrell Sampson, but timely intervention from a defender cleared the ball from danger.
New Milton were in complete control, and it needed a point-blank save from Locke to deny Chris Long's goalbound header moments later.
With Keynsham limited to the odd set piece, a New Milton counter-attack led to a two-on-one. Rudd played the ball across to a completely unmarked Chris Long, but somehow referee Tony Smith missed George Rooke's extended arm which slapped the ball away.
After the break, it was more of the same, but the visitors' frustrations began to show in some overzealous tackling, which led to a large shoving match after a horrific challenge on Jim Mahoney from Jamie Gregory.
Matters crossed the line when Keynsham's Scott Saunders appeared to spit in Charlie Turner's face. Unfortunately, the referee missed the second encounter, but Gregory saw red for his challenge.
Chris Long had a brilliant bicycle-kick saved as the match went to a penalty shootout.
New Milton got off to the perfect start, with Keynsham's first penalty striking the crossbar, but Aaron Scott failed to convert the following effort. However, New Milton were excellent from then, with Turner, Elliot Pearce-Eavis, Ashley Booker and Luke Stone converting to move into the next round.
Town will play Brockenhurst away in the fourth round on 15th January after their penalties victory over Street.
New Milton: O. Bull, E. Pearce-Eavis, E. Jones, J. Kimber, A. Booker, A. Scott, T. Rudd, C. Turner, F. Horlock, T. Sampson, C. Long. Subs: L. Dennison, J. Mahoney, E. Lines, G. Deem, J. Crowther, L. Stone, C. Parnell.