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Mangotsfield United
Didcot Town
J Ricketts (34'), K Simpson (80')
Full time
G Jeacock (85' Sent Off)
Sat 9 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 102

Mangotsfield United...2 Didcot Town...0

Railwaymen pushed into sidings!!

Match Report by Dave Smale

Saturday 9th December 2017, The Evo-Stik League South – West Division. Attendance 102

Mangotsfield United….2 Didcot Town….0

A strong second half performance earned the Mangos a vital 2-0 win against mid-table Didcot Town, as well as earning only our 2nd clean sheet of the season. Mangotsfield fielded new signings Ray Johnston in goal & Kailan Gould in attack & both players were to play a pivotal part in helping the side to 3 valuable points.

Didcot started strongly with Ray Johnston saving a header from Sam Elkins on 4 minutes, and then home skipper Josh Nelmes cleared a possibly goal-bound cross off the line on 8 minutes. Tricky Didcot winger Seth Humphries then had 2 shots on goal inside a minute & moments later, Ray Johnston came out of goal to thwart a one-on-one situation as Didcot continued to threaten. ‘The Field’ were making little impression on the visitors’ goal, apart from a couple of crosses & gave the ball away too often & it was Didcot who looked the more likely side to score.

Home defender Ed Weeks then did well on 30 minutes to head a goal-bound effort off the line, but then, just as it seemed the visitors were bound to score sooner or later, Mangotsfield took the lead on 34 minutes with their first serious goal attempt. Kane Simpson gained possession of the ball inside the Didcot half, ran forward & sent over a perfect cross from the right for Jordan Ricketts to knock home unchallenged from close range. This goal stunned Didcot who immediately resumed their pressure on the home defence, with the best chance coming on 40 minutes when defender Sam Elkins broke through the home defence with only keeper Ray Johnston to beat, but once again, the home keeper thwarted the chance & made a great save. The first half ended with Didcot no doubt regretting their wasted chances so far.

HT: Mangotsfield United 1, Didcot Town 0

Whatever was said in the Mangotsfield dressing room at half time had an immediate effect as the hosts began strongly with Connor Jones twice firing over the bar following good team moves on 47 & 48 minutes. Didcot replied with a volley over the bar from Cameron McNeill on 50 minutes, but it was Mangotsfield who began to dictate the play in the next part of the game, the best move ending with a volley by Jordan Williams which was destined for the top corner, only to be pushed over by Didcot keeper Leigh Bedwell. Meanwhile, home keeper Ray Johnston made another good save on 57 minutes amid a goalmouth scramble, but it was the livewire home debutant striker Kailan Gould who was now causing problems in the visitors’ defence. A jinking run of Kailan’s on the hour saw his shot hit the top of the Didcot bar & go over, with the keeper well beaten.
Didcot did their best to try & replicate their first half form, but that wasn’t happening as the Mangotsfield defence had tightened up & little was being given away. On 73 minutes, Tom Warren got in on the act with a long-range 30 yard strike which Leigh Bedwell did well to save, but 7 minutes later, that much-needed second goal for the hosts came when Jake Gardner won possession of the ball down the right, he slotted it inside to Kailan Gould, whose shot was then parried by keeper Leigh Bedwell, only for Kane Simpson to tap in the rebound from close range. On 85 minutes, any lingering hopes that Didcot may have had in trying to save the game vanished completely when right back George Jeacock was shown a straight red card for a two-footed lunge & off he went.
Still, the game wasn’t quite over just yet. There were late chances for both Kailan Gould (after another mazy run) and Kane Simpson to have added a 3rd goal, whilst at the other end, Ray Johnston made one more acrobatic save from a last-ditch Didcot strike to easily earn a Man of the Match rating.

FT: 2-0
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Maroon/Sky/Sky)
G/K. Ray Johnston, 2. Jake Gardner, 3. Jordan Williams (Cameron Allen 90), 4. Martin Stowell, 5. Josh Nelmes ©, 6. Ed Weeks, 7. Tom Warren, 8. Connor Jones, 9. Kane Simpson, 10. Kailan Gould (Charlie Maddison 89), 11. Jordan Ricketts (Jake Elliott 75).
Unused Subs: Dan Lammiman, Ollie Price
Bookings: Ed Weeks (34), Josh Nelmes (56), Kailan Gould (62), Martin Stowell (70)
Red Cards: None
Mangos MOM: Ray Johnston

DIDCOT TOWN (Blue)
G/K. Leigh Bedwell, 2. Georg Jeacock, 3. Cameron McNeill, 4. Lewis Hayden, 5. Sam Elkins, 6. Adam Learoyd, 7. Marlon Agyakwaa (Josh Pin 65), 8. David Murphy (Ollie Thomas 58), 9. Felipe Barcelos, 10. Seth Humphries, 11. George Reid (Sam Barder 76)
Unused Subs: Matt Woodley. Stuart Cattell
Bookings: None
Red Cards: George Jeacock (85)

Referee. Craig Simpson (Crawley, Sussex)
Assistants: Gareth McMahon (Tewkesbury), 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 December 2017, when ‘The Bluebells’ of YATE TOWN will be the visitors. 1.00pm

Ray Johnston

Player of the Match

Ray Johnston

Key moments

34:00
Goal Jordan Ricketts scores for Mangotsfield United
80:00
Goal Kane Simpson scores for Mangotsfield United
85:00
Red Card George Jeacock is sent off for Didcot Town

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Ray Johnston is awarded player of the match for Mangotsfield United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ray Johnston keeps a clean sheet for Mangotsfield United
90:00 Sub On
Cameron Allen is substituted on for Mangotsfield United
90:00 Sub Off
Jordan Williams is substituted off for Mangotsfield United
89:00 Sub Off
Kailan Gould is substituted off for Mangotsfield United
89:00 Sub On
Charlie Maddison is substituted on for Mangotsfield United
85:00 Red Card 2 - 0
George Jeacock is sent off for Didcot Town
80:00 Goal 2 - 0
Kane Simpson scores for Mangotsfield United
76:00 Sub Off
George Reid is substituted off for Didcot Town
76:00 Sub On
Sam Barder is substituted on for Didcot Town
75:00 Sub Off
Jordan Ricketts is substituted off for Mangotsfield United
75:00 Sub On
Jake Elliott is substituted on for Mangotsfield United
70:00 Yellow Card
Martin Stowell is yellow carded for Mangotsfield United
65:00 Sub On
Josh Pin is substituted on for Didcot Town
65:00 Sub Off
Marlon Agyakwa is substituted off for Didcot Town
62:00 Yellow Card
Kailan Gould is yellow carded for Mangotsfield United
58:00 Sub Off
David Murphy is substituted off for Didcot Town
58:00 Sub On
Ollie Thomas is substituted on for Didcot Town
56:00 Yellow Card
Josh Nelmes is yellow carded for Mangotsfield United
End of period 1
34:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jordan Ricketts scores for Mangotsfield United
34:00 Yellow Card
Ed Weeks is yellow carded for Mangotsfield United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Mangotsfield United
  • Didcot Town
  • 0
  • Jordan Ricketts Goal 34:00'
  • Ed Weeks Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Josh Nelmes Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Ollie Thomas Sub On 58:00'
  • David Murphy Sub Off 58:00'
  • Kailan Gould Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Marlon Agyakwa Sub Off 65:00'
  • Josh Pin Sub On 65:00'
  • Martin Stowell Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Jake Elliott Sub On 75:00'
  • Jordan Ricketts Sub Off 75:00'
  • George Reid Sub Off 76:00'
  • Sam Barder Sub On 76:00'
  • Kane Simpson Goal 80:00'
  • George Jeacock Red Card 85:00'
  • Kailan Gould Sub Off 89:00'
  • Charlie Maddison Sub On 89:00'
  • Cameron Allen Sub On 90:00'
  • Jordan Williams Sub Off 90:00'

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AFC Totton
Cirencester Town
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Barnstaple Town
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Winchester City
Taunton Town
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Salisbury
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# Team Pl Pts
16. Cinderford Town 19 20
17. Shortwood United 18 20
18. Paulton Rovers 20 19
19. Slimbridge 19 19
20. Mangotsfield United 20 17
21. Barnstaple Town 20 13
22. Bishops Cleeve 20 5

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