Mangotsfield United...1 Paulton Rovers...0
Mangos edge out Rovers
Saturday 17th February 2018, The Evo-Stik League South – West Division. Attendance 167
Mangotsfield United…1 Paulton Rovers…0
Without the suspended Ed Weeks and unavailable Martin Stowell, Manager Ollie Price was forced into a re-shuffle and introduced new signings Alex Monks & Kye Simpson. Starting positively, the Simpson brothers were soon in action as Kane’s low cross was met by Kye, but his effort was saved by Andrew Hannah. A clever overhead flip by Michael Bryant gave him a snap-shot on target, before Jake Gardner blasted over from 18 yards.
Hannah was kept busy as he thwarted a one-on-one with Kane Simpson, before a low ball across the box missed everyone, but the hosts took the lead in the 19th minute, when Connor Jones, on the right-hand edge of the area, lofted the ball over the static Paulton defence and Kane Simpson popped up at the far post to slide the ball home. 1-0
It was not until the 38th minute that the visitors had their first real opportunity, through Nuno Felix, but his volley was held by George Dorrington, and from his clearance, Mangotsfield almost had a second, but former Mango Kyle Knott cleared the ball off the line with his knees!
Rovers' Josh Ford tried his luck from distance, but his effort went way over the top. He also headed wide from a corner.
Rovers had a larger share of possession after the break, but their finishing lacked belief. Several attacks by the hosts found Hannah in superb form as he blocked drives from the Simpson boys with reflex saves. Sam Hill went close with a low drive, which was only narrowly wide, and with ten minutes remaining, Kye Simpson had the ball in the net, but was rightly ruled off for an offence.
Both sides could be commended on their efforts as the heavy surface began to take its toll towards the end, but Ollie Price would have been pleased that his ‘patched-up’ side had come up with a morale-boosting win, and whilst perhaps Tom Warren & Jake Gardner formed a strong defensive middle pairing, everyone contributed well to the cause with Alex Monks showing up well in midfield, and Kye being a handful up front
FT: Mangotsfield United… 1 Paulton Rovers…0
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Maroon & Sky) (Manager: Ollie Price)
G/K. George Dorrington, 2. Connor Jones, 3. Jordan Williams, 4. Alex Monks, 5. Tom Warren, 6. Jake Gardner, 7. Kane Simpson, 8. Sam Hill (Lewis G. Powell 79), 9. Kye Simpson, 10. Michael Bryant © (George Lloyd 90), 11. Adam Kelly (Kailan Gould 61)
Unused Subs: Ollie Price
Bookings: Sam Hill (37), Connor Jones (66), Jordan Williams (89)
Red Cards: none.
Goals: Kane Simpson
PAULTON ROVERS ( Blue & Yellow) (Manager: John Rendell)
G/K: Andrew Hannah, 2. Kyle Knott, 3. Nuno Felix, 4. Sam Hedges, 5. Josh Ford ©, 6. Joe Guest (Liam Monelle 57), 7. Joe Hillard (Jack Ball 71), 8. Dale Evans, 9. Omar Simpson, 10. Mitch Tippins (David Sims 65), 11. Josh Morgan-Williams
Unused Subs: Caman Harvey, Josh Cann
Bookings: Josh Ford (33), Kyle Knott (89)
Red Cards: none
Referee: Iain Parsons (Salisbury, Wilts)
Assistants: John Foster (Andover, Hants) John Painter (Tidworth, Wilts)
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 Saturday 3rd March 2018, when ‘The Millers’ of NORTH LEIGH will be the visitors. 3.00pm