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C Allen (26'), J Key (62'), B Seymour (80' Pen)
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K Simpson (52', 60'), S Hill (57')
Tue 20 Mar 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 148

Bideford AFC....3 Mangotsfield United....3


Thrilling draw in North Devon

Tuesday 20th March 2018, The Evo-Stik League South – West Division. Attendance 148

Bideford AFC….3 Mangotsfield United…3

Match Report by Ron Loftus

A confident, attack-minded Mangotsfield side made a flying start to the game in North Devon on Tuesday night as the front-line of Kye and Kane Simpson ably supported by Kyle Tooze, got in behind the Bideford rearguard on several occasions during the opening 15-20 minutes . In fact we could have taken the lead inside the first minute when a long ball forward saw the home ‘keeper, Steve Oliver, rush out to block Kye Simpson only for the ball to rebound to Kyle Tooze some 35 yards from goal but his long-range attempt sailed over the crossbar with the net gaping!

The ‘Field were passing the ball well, prompted by Mike Bryant in midfield and it seemed only a matter of time before we found the back of the net. Almost inevitably, in virtually their first serious attack, the home side took the lead on 26m. when a free-kick played into the box from wide on the right bounced around the area before finding the unmarked Craig Allen who gleefully shot home from close range.(0 – 1).

On 31m. Kye Simpson played a low cross into the box, but brother Kane somehow contrived to miss the ball completely when it appeared easier to score! It was then Kyle Tooze ‘ s turn to get around the Bideford left-back before his superb cross was met powerfully by the head of Mike Bryant only for his effort to go wide of the right-hand post when he probably should have put the sides level.

However, the half ended with the visitors still a single goal in arrears.

FT: 1-0

A determined ‘Field side were soon back in the match - and how !! On 52m. Jordan Williams broke quickly down the left touchline before playing a low ball across goal where the alert Kane Simpson deftly flicked the ball to the left of bemused home custodian, Steve Oliver, into the far corner.(1 – 1). Just a further 5mins. elapsed before Kyle Tooze on the right crossed into the area where the home defence were only able to partially clear the ball to the edge of the box where the lurking Sam Hill drove powerfully home from 20 yards to put us ahead.(2 – 1).

The home team were now on the ropes and on the hour mark Kye Simpson broke clear on the left before crossing low across the 6-yard box for brother Kane to supply the coup-de-grace at the back post ! (3 – 1). To their credit, Bideford immediately made a double substitution with Exeter City loanee Max Smallcombe and striker Ryan Turner joining the fray. The fresh legs made an immediate impact with the home team’s Joshua Key reducing the arrears on 62m. (3 – 2).

The momentum was now with our hosts as the effort put in earlier in the game by the visitors began to take its toll. Just 10mins. remained when a tiring ‘Field rearguard were unable to clear the ball and a Bideford forward went down under pressure from the defence and a penalty awarded. Ben Seymour was able to draw the sides level from the spot.(3 – 3). Chances appeared at either end and right at the death Kyle Tooze created an opening for himself but his tired shot lacked the strength to trouble Oliver in the home goal. It was perhaps a measure of the improvement shown in recent weeks that, come the final whistle, we were slightly disappointed not to have taken all 3 points against another of the promotion-chasing sides.

Surely it is now only a matter of time before Caretaker Boss Ollie Price and his team are offered the job on a more permanent basis !!

FT: Bideford AFC….3 Mangotsfield United… 3

BIDEFORD AFC ( All Red), Manager: Sean Joyce
G/K: Steve Oliver, 2. Ian Sampson, 3. Steve Reed, 4. Sean Downing, 5. Craig Allen, 6. James Mayne, 7. Matty Bye © 8. Ben Carter (Max Smallcombe 61), 9. Kevin Squire (Ryan Turner 61), 10. Ben Seymour, 11. Joshua Key.
Unused Subs: Dan Western, Will Hancox, Ben Palmer
Bookings: none
Red Cards: none
Goals: Craig Allen (26), Joshua Key (62), Ben Seymour (pen)(80)

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: ( White/White/Black), Manager Ollie Price
G/K. George Dorrington, 2. Connor Jones, 3. Jordan Williams, 4. Alex Monks, 5. Tom Warren, 6. Ed Weeks, 7, Kane Simpson, 8. Sam Hill (Jordan Ricketts 70), 9. Kye Simpson (Adam Kelly 85), 10. Michael Bryant, 11. Kyle Tooze
Unused Subs: George Lloyd, Ollie Price
Bookings: Jordan Williams (67)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Kane Simpson (52), (60), Sam Hill (57)
Referee: Craig Scriven (Wedmore)
Assistants: Samuel Iddon (Taunton), James Gallagher (Wadebridge, Cornwall)
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 24th March 2018, when ‘The Wood’’ of SHORTWOOD UNITED will be the visitors. 3.00pm

Key moments

Goal Craig Allen scores for Bideford
Goal Kane Simpson scores for Mangotsfield United
Goal Sam Hill scores for Mangotsfield United
Goal Kane Simpson scores for Mangotsfield United
Goal Joshua Key scores for Bideford
Scored Penalty Ben Seymour scores a penalty for Bideford


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85:00 Sub Off
Kye Simpson is substituted off for Mangotsfield United
85:00 Sub On
Adam Kelly is substituted on for Mangotsfield United
80:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 3
Ben Seymour scores a penalty for Bideford
70:00 Sub On
Jordan Ricketts is substituted on for Mangotsfield United
70:00 Sub Off
Sam Hill is substituted off for Mangotsfield United
67:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Williams is yellow carded for Mangotsfield United
62:00 Goal 2 - 3
Joshua Key scores for Bideford
61:00 Sub Off
Ben Carter is substituted off for Bideford
61:00 Sub On
Max Smallcombe is substituted on for Bideford
61:00 Sub Off
Kevin Squire is substituted off for Bideford
61:00 Sub On
Ryan Turner is substituted on for Bideford
60:00 Goal 1 - 3
Kane Simpson scores for Mangotsfield United
57:00 Goal 1 - 2
Sam Hill scores for Mangotsfield United
52:00 Goal 1 - 1
Kane Simpson scores for Mangotsfield United
End of period 1
26:00 Goal 1 - 0
Craig Allen scores for Bideford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bideford
  • Mangotsfield United
  • 0
  • Craig Allen Goal 26:00'
  • Kane Simpson Goal 52:00'
  • Sam Hill Goal 57:00'
  • Kane Simpson Goal 60:00'
  • Ben Carter Sub Off 61:00'
  • Max Smallcombe Sub On 61:00'
  • Kevin Squire Sub Off 61:00'
  • Ryan Turner Sub On 61:00'
  • Joshua Key Goal 62:00'
  • Jordan Williams Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Sam Hill Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jordan Ricketts Sub On 70:00'
  • Ben Seymour Scored Penalty 80:00'
  • Kye Simpson Sub Off 85:00'
  • Adam Kelly Sub On 85:00'

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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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