Brislington...1 Mangotsfield United....4
It's Hoggy, Hoggy, Hoggy
IT’S HOGGY, HOGGY, HOGGY AS MANGOS DO THE BIZZ AT BRIZZ!!
Brislington… 1, Mangotsfield United… 4
Report by Dave Smale
It was a game of two halves at Ironmould Lane as a storming second half display saw the Mangos overturn a half-time deficit to deservedly win 4-1 against Brislington, largely thanks to a much improved team performance, plus a hat-trick of successful penalties
by midfielder Lewis Hogg!
Early exchanges were even, but things heated up on 7 minutes when both Tom Warren & Brizz striker Niekell Plummer were booked after clashing with each other. On the game’s resumption, Greg Andrews saw his volley blocked by the home keeper, but on 9 minutes, our hosts were ahead, as the Brizz 10 chased a through ball & fired a low drive into the far corner past Steve Phillips from 12 yards. Lewis Hogg then saw a free kick tipped over by the home keeper & then Josh Jones went close for us following a long free kick, but we could have gone 2-0 down on 17 minutes when Niekell Plummer worked his way into the box, created some space & then fired over the bar. Brizz seemed to have the edge in midfield, with the lively James Peart involved in most things, what with us having lost Steve Davies to a fairly early knock, but we almost came good again on the half hour when another Lewis Hogg free kicked was saved. Two minutes later, Niekell Plummer fluffed his chance when a tantalising left wing cross came his way. Back we came with 2 corners in quick succession which came to nothing after Ed Weeks saw his low shot saved. Plummer again went close for Brizz on 36 minutes when he headed just wide & then the Brizz 7 saw his dangerous run down the right almost create a half-chance, but the half ended with sub Nick Peare putting his free kick from the edge of the box over the bar.
HT: Brislington… 1, Mangotsfield United… 0
We started the 2nd half brightly, with a tempting left wing cross going across the box, but then Niekell Plummer almost nipped in for a half-chance after Ed Weeks & Nick Peare collided in the box, but his shot went over the bar. However, our fight-back began on 52 minutes when Nick Peare was tripped in the box & Lewis Hogg slotted home the penalty, although the home keeper did get a hand to it.
Brizz then had plenty of possession for the next spell, but various substitutions began to change the pattern somewhat & slowly, but surely, we found ourselves beginning to take control of things. Our triallist forward at No 9 then fired a low drive across the home goal on the hour, but Steve Phillips was called into action at the other end when he brilliantly saved a half-volley. On 65 minutes, the lively James Fisher saw his shot pushed away for a corner, but within a minute, we were ahead. A jinking, speedy run by George Lloyd saw his shot blocked by the home keeper, but sub
Darren Edwards was on hand to bundle the ball home from close range. 69 minutes saw George Lloyd fire over from 15 yards as we began to attack at will, but Brizz weren’t finished yet & on 72 minutes, skipper Jason Hughes went very close when he headed a corner kick just inches over the bar. Meanwhile, James Fisher set off on one of his runs again on74 minutes & when he was brought down, the referee pointed to the spot once again & Lewis Hogg fired home his 2nd spot-kick to put us 3-1 ahead.
To their credit, Brizz kept on battling & on 76 minutes, a long-range header hit our crossbar following a corner, before being cleared away, but 2 minutes later, the referee was pointing to the spot for the 3rd time in the match after James Fisher had again been brought down & yes, Lewis Hogg duly slotted home his 3rd spot kick of the night to make it 4-1.
Incredibly, there were still more chances to add further goals & there could even have been another penalty! First, sub Sam Jenkins saw his shot cleared off the home line; then Darren Edwards saw his header just go over the bar & then another late run by James Fisher saw him tripped again inside the box, but he managed to stay on his feet & eventually the ball was cleared, with the referee showing no real desire to award a 4th penalty to us! Brizz also saw a late spell of pressure with a header going over our bar, but overall, the game was lost to them by then & we ran out deserved winners.
FT: Brislington… 1, Mangotsfield United… 4
Overall view: A very good second half performance, perhaps our best so far in pre-season, saw us turn the tables around after a so-so first half. Numerous substitutions after the break helped change the formation around more than once, as Boris tried out various patterns & it all seemed to work as we began to look lively as an attacking force & the Brizz heads began to drop as the goals started going in. There were some good performances throughout the side, with Josh Jones, Jake Elliott, Tom Warren, James Fisher & George Lloyd particularly catching the eye, let alone the penalty skills of Lewis Hogg, but the whole side played their part in an excellent win & we can only hope that any knocks picked up tonight will merely be short-term ones.
G/K Steve Phillips, 2. Tom Warren, 3, Jack Harris, 4. Ed Weeks, 5. Josh Jones, 6. Jake Elliott, 7. Steve Davies, 8. Greg Andrews, 9, A.N. Other, 10. George Lloyd, 11. Lewis Hogg
Subs: James Fisher, Sam Jenkins, Nick Peare, Darren Edwards, Darnello Sinclair
20 mins. Fisher on for Davies
22 mins. Peare on for Elliott
53 mins. Elliott on for Harris
60 mins. Jenkins on for Weeks
63 mins. Edwards on for A.N. Other
77 mins. Sinclair on for Peare