Bristol Manor Farm..3 Mangotsfield United..1
By Bob Smale
Farm edge result to stay top
Saturday 16th September 2017, Evo-Stik League South – West Division, Attendance 200
Match Report by David Smale
Bristol Manor Farm….3 Mangotsfield United….1
Despite a battling performance by Mangotsfield United at The Creek, the Mangos slipped to a 3-1 defeat away to current league leaders & old rivals Bristol Manor Farm, as new manager Wayne Thorne & assistants David Seal & Lee Collier eased themselves into the Cossham Street hot seats for the first time since their appointment 8 days ago.
The Mangos began brightly, with Liam Monelle shooting wide after just 2 minutes, but in Farm’s first attack, on 5 minutes, they took the lead with former Mango Ben Bament firing home a low drive past Thom Jonkerman from the edge of the box. That didn’t deter the Mangos from going forward & Liam Monelle then saw his fierce shot saved by Farm keeper Ashley Clark on10 minutes. Three minutes later, Tom Warren swung over a lovely cross from the right & it was Liam Monelle again, only this time, his header went wide of the far post. A minute later, a good Mangos team move ended with Jordan Williams firing over the bar from 15 yards, but despite our good approach play & fair amount of possession, teams at the top have a habit of punishing you if you don’t take your chances & that’s what Farm did on 22 minutes when they made it 2-0. A move out of nothing ended with Thom Jonkerman making THREE saves in a matter of seconds, before Farm skipper & influential midfielder Jordan Metters finally knocked the ball home from close range.
This led to a spell of greater Farm possession & pressure, but back we came & George Lloyd fired just wide of goal, following a determined team move up the field of play. Farm seemed to regain the edge again & a good team move of theirs on 38 minutes saw ex-Mango Aron Robbins see his shot tipped just over the bar by the impressive Thom Jonkerman & our keeper then made another fine save just moments later. A third goal for Farm at this stage might have meant curtains for us, but we weathered the storm & on 44 minutes, Liam Monelle’s 25-yard strike crashed against the bar & rebounded on to the Farm keeper, before bouncing out for a corner. The resultant corner was cleared away, following a goalmouth scramble, and although the Farm ended the half in the ascendancy, the Mangos were certainly putting in a shift to try and get back into the game.
HT: Bristol MF 2, Mangotsfield United 0
We began the 2nd half strongly, with Darren Edwards seeing his header from Tom Warren’s cross saved by Farm keeper Ashley Clark on 46 minutes. Four minutes later, Darren neatly slotted a left wing cross into the back of the net, but the linesman correctly flagged for offside. The game then eased itself into a quieter spell, with the Farm 2-0 ahead & in the comfort zone , with the Mangos doing what we could to try & get ourselves back in the game. Manager Wayne Thorne then made the first of 3 eventual substitutes to freshen things up. Meanwhile, Liam Monelle fired high & wide on 58 minutes following a neat move, but was then shown a yellow card on 63 minutes following a foul on another ex-Mango, Harley Purnell.
As the game entered its final quarter, Farm tried to wrap it up on 75 minutes with a fine strike by Jordan Metters, but once again, Thom Jonkerman was equal to the task & made a fine save. However, one minute later, we were back in the game & deservedly so, as sub Steve Davies latched on to a through ball from Liam Monelle & fired a low shot into the far corner to make it 2-1. Game on!
But try as we might in those remaining minutes, we just couldn’t save the game, and we were duly punished further in added time. First, on 83 minutes, Liam Monelle’s shot was saved following a good move (83); and following a Farm free kick which went way over the bar, Lewis Ellington should have levelled when he was put through down the right, but Farm keeper Ashley Clark made a good save & pushed the ball out for a corner – and from that corner, amid a mass of players, Jordan Williams side-footed the ball agonisingly just wide of goal. Tom Warren then saw his shot from the half-circle deflected for a corner & from the resultant corner, a Farm defender cleared a goal-bound strike off the line. With the Mangos pushing everyone forward, we were then caught out in added time, as Farm broke away & sub Dean Stamp coolly ended the move by slotting home his side’s 3rd goal to clinch the win.
FT: Bristol MF 3, Mangotsfield United 1
Overall, a much-improved performance by the whole Mangos team, and there is no question we were worthy of a point, but some clinical finishing by a confident Manor Farm side made all the difference as they maintained their position at the top of the division. Hard luck lads, and well done to our friends down at the Farm. Nice to have resumed the old rivalry with you again!
BRISTOL MANOR FARM (Red & Black)
G/K. Ashley Clark, 2. Stuart Tovey, 3. Aron Robbins, 4. Martin Stowell, 5. Lloyd Mills, 6. Harley Purnell, 7. Simon Gilbert(Iain Harvey 88), 8. Jack Durrant, 9. Troy Simpson, 10. Jordan Metters ©(Dean Stamp 79), 11. Ben Bament.
Unused Subs: Kye Holly, Jamie Turner, Rob Smart
Red Cards: none
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Maroon/Sky/Sky)
G/K: Thom Jonkerman, 2. Tom Warren ©, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Ed Weeks, 5. Jake Elliott (Michael Bryant 73), 6. Greg Andrews, 7. Liam Monelle, 8. George Lloyd(Steve Davies 67), 9. Darren Edwards(Nick Peare 78), 10. Lewis Ellington, 11. Jordan Williams.
Unused Subs: Sam Jenkins, Kyle Knott
Bookings: Liam Monelle (63)
Red Cards: none
Referee. Matthew Perry (Cheltenham)
Assistants: Gareth McMahon (Tewksbury), Spencer McNaught (Lydney)
Please note that our home & away games are now covered by KRT Digital Sport and can be found on Youtube.
The next scheduled game at the Curtis Drew Stadium, will be on Tuesday 26th September 2017, when ‘The Robins’ of BIDEFORD AFC will be the visitors. 7.45pm