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Barnstaple Town
Mangotsfield United
B Hopcroft (7')
Full time
T Warren (52')
Tue 6 Feb 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 65

Barnstaple Town...1 Mangotsfield United...1

Points shared at Mill Road

Tuesday 6th February 2018, The Evo-Stik League South – West Division. Attendance 65

Barnstaple Town Town….1 Mangotsfield United…1

With thanks to Mike Hamilton & Dan Carter

The signing of Michael Bryant was a big boost to Manager Ollie Price ahead of this game, as he was looking to cover the loss of Josh Nelmes & Simon Gilbert, and add some firepower to his misfiring attack. There was also a return of another Mangotsfield favourite, Dean Pendry, who has stepped into a Coaching role.

There was a decent sprinkling of Mangotsfield fans in the ‘gate’ of 65 on a bitterly cold night at Mill Road.

Once again, the visitors found themselves behind early in the game when Billy Hopcroft gave ‘Barum a 7th minute lead, but they gradually pulled themselves back into the game, and actually had the ball in the net on the stroke of half-time, when a header by Michael Bryant clearly crossed the line with keeper Rob Holmes having to scoop the ball out from behind the goalline.

The referee and Assistants were probably the only people in the ground who did not see this!

HT: 1-0

If that was a major talking point during the game, that soon turned to more disbelief as Mangotsfield managed to create enough chances to have won the game, with Kane Simpson being the main guilty party as he managed to go through the defence on three occasions in the last twenty minutes, with only the keeper to beat, but fail to find the target.

Once ‘The Field’ had levelled with a header from Tom Warren after 52 minutes, they took control of the game, but as has been the case all season, could not finish. A very important goal from Tom Warren, who just needs three games for his 100th appearance in the sky and maroon. It was only his 3rd ever goal for us.

Despite the disappointment of not being able to take all the points, this was a well-earned draw and a big boost for new manager Ollie Price, who faces a difficult end to the campaign with a depleted squad. Hopefully, the recent arrivals of Adam Kelly and Michael Bryant will go some way to addressing that, and perhaps an extended run for youngster Sam Hill, will help him to adjust to this level of football.

Saturday will see a sterner test in North Devon, as we go to Bideford AFC, missing the experienced Ed Weeks, who will be suspended. Another problem for Ollie to deal with!

FT: Barnstaple Town….1 Mangotsfield United… 1

BARNSTAPLE TOWN ( All Red), Manager: Kevin Darch/Craig Griffiths
G/K: Rob Holmes, 2. Sam Haynes, 3. Jordan Walton, 4. Chris Ibbeson, 5. Nathan Cooper (Ollie Booth 82), 6. Alex Gray, 7. Jed Harper-Penman, 8. Niall Heeney ©, 9. Billy Hopcroft, 10. Tony Radford (George Nancekivell 57), 11. Harry Stevens.
Unused Subs: Micth Thomas, Tallan Mitchell, Aaron Screech (G/K)
Bookings: Alex Gray (76)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Billy Hopcroft (7)

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: ( White/Black/Black), Manager Ollie Price
G/K. George Dorrington, 2. Tom Warren, 3. Jordan Williams, 4. Connor Jones, 5. Martin Stowell, 6, Ed Weeks ©, 7. George Lloyd, (Sam Hill 66), 8. Adam Kelly, 9. Kane Simpson, 10, Michael Bryant, 11, Kailan Gould.
Unused Subs: Ollie Price, Lewis G. Powell, Charlie Maddison
Bookings: Tom Warren (44), Jordan Williams (83)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Tom Warren (52)

Referee: Sam Littlefair (Exeter)
Assistants: Brian Lee & Sam Iddon (Taunton)
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 17th February 2018, when ‘The Rovers’’ of PAULTON ROVERS will be the visitors. 3.00pm

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Key moments

Goal Billy Hopcroft scores for Barnstaple Town
Goal Tom Warren scores for Mangotsfield United


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83:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Williams is yellow carded for Mangotsfield United
82:00 Sub Off
Nathan Cooper is substituted off for Barnstaple Town
82:00 Sub On
Ollie Booth is substituted on for Barnstaple Town
76:00 Yellow Card
Alex Gray is yellow carded for Barnstaple Town
66:00 Sub Off
George Lloyd is substituted off for Mangotsfield United
66:00 Sub On
Sam Hill is substituted on for Mangotsfield United
57:00 Sub Off
Tony Radford is substituted off for Barnstaple Town
57:00 Sub On
George Nancekivell is substituted on for Barnstaple Town
52:00 Goal 1 - 1
Tom Warren scores for Mangotsfield United
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Tom Warren is yellow carded for Mangotsfield United
7:00 Goal 1 - 0
Billy Hopcroft scores for Barnstaple Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Barnstaple Town
  • Mangotsfield United
  • 0
  • Billy Hopcroft Goal 7:00'
  • Tom Warren Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Tom Warren Goal 52:00'
  • Tony Radford Sub Off 57:00'
  • George Nancekivell Sub On 57:00'
  • George Lloyd Sub Off 66:00'
  • Sam Hill Sub On 66:00'
  • Alex Gray Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Nathan Cooper Sub Off 82:00'
  • Ollie Booth Sub On 82:00'
  • Jordan Williams Yellow Card 83:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
14. Yate Town 42 53
15. Larkhall Athletic 42 45
16. Mangotsfield United 42 41
17. Shortwood United 42 40
18. North Leigh 42 38
19. Paulton Rovers 42 37
20. Slimbridge 42 35

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