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Larkhall Athletic
Mangotsfield United
N Arndale (52' Sent Off)
Full time
M Bryant (62'), J Williams (78')
Thu 5 Apr 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 105

Larkhall Athletic....0 Mangotsfield United...2


Mangos win at Plain Ham

Thursday 5th April 2018, The Evo-Stik League South – West Division. Attendance 105

Larkhall Athletic….0 Mangotsfield United…2

Report by Ron Loftus

Missisng Connor Jones and Adam Kelly – both unavailable – and with Alex Monks suspended, Ollie Price’s resources were stretched to the limit as acquaintances were renewed with many old ‘friends’ at Larkhall on Thursday evening. With Phil Bater in charge of our hosts, nearly half of his side had featured in the maroon and sky at Cossham Street in times gone by, whilst several of our current squad were former ‘Larks’.

On a cool, clear night, the playing surface – while appearing in good condition – was deceptively heavy, (no surprise considering the weather of late), and the occasional uneven bounce of the ball, caught out players from both teams in a largely forgettable first 45 minutes. After 12 minutes, a direct free-kick saw Larkhall’s Matt Britton denied by George Dorrington, going full-length to his left to push the shot wide. Larkhall were enjoying the greater share of possession as Mangotsfield missed the ball-winning capabilities of Alex Monks in midfield. Several decent opportunities were wasted by the home team with some wayward shooting.

After 35 minutes, Ed Weeks turned awkwardly and collapsed to the ground, before being stretchered off, with what is suspected to be a serious knee injury, and the half drew to a close with the scoreline still blank.

HT: 0-0

Just two minutes into the second period, Larkhall introduced former ‘Field’ favourite Neil Arndale to the fray, but hgis tenure lasted all of five minutes, as he was shown a straight red card, being the ‘last man’ as Kye Simpson looked certain to open the ‘Field’s’ account as he outstripped the home rearguard, only to be tripped from behind. The sending-off allowed the visitors to dominate the game with Kyle Tooze causing problems throughout with his direct running at defenders.

It was no surprise when ‘The Field’ took the lead after 62 minutes, as a swift break down the right flank saw the ball pulled back to Michael Bryant some 25 yards out and his composed finish into the bottom right-hand corner, whistled past the motionless Shaun Semmens in the Larkhall goal. (1-0).

Soon after, Dorrington bravely saved at the feet of Alex Lambert, when Tom Warren lost possession on the edge of the area. Mangotsfield were now opening up a tiring home defence on numerous occasions, and on 78 minutes, Kyle Tooze bamboozled defenders on the left before setting up Jordan Williams on the corner of the penalty area. His sweetly-struck curling left-foot effort found its way into the top right-hand corner via the underside of the crossbar to increase the ‘Field’s’ advantage. (2-0).

Thereafter the game petered out with three more points – and the ‘double’ over our hosts – returning to Cossham Street.

FT: Larkhall Athletic….0 Mangotsfield United… 2

LARKHALL ATHLETIC ( All Blue), Manager: Phil Bater
G/K: Shaun Semmens, 2. Jake Elliott (Neil Arndale 47), 3. Mason Winter, 4. Matt Britton, 5. Mike Baker ©, 6. Josh Jones, 7. Alex Lambert, 8. Geraint Bater, 9(12). Greg Peel, 10. Isaac Pearce, 11. Joe Tumelty (Kailan Gould 58).
Unused Subs: George King
Bookings: none
Red Cards: Neil Andale (52)
Goals: none

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: ( White& Black/Black), Manager Ollie Price
G/K. George Dorrington, 2. Jake Gardner, 3. Jordan Williams, 4. Sam Hill (Lewis G. Powell 54), 5. Tom Warren, 6. Ed Weeks (George Lloyd 35), 7. Kane Simpson, 8. Jordan Ricketts, 9. Kye Simpson, 10. Michael Bryant © (Zayn Alime 82), 11. Kyle Tooze.
Unused Subs: Ollie Price
Bookings: Sam Hill (45)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Michael Bryant (62), Jordan Williams (78)

Referee: Declan O’Shea (Tidworth, Wilts)
Assistants: Carl Rooney (Andover, Hants), Imran Khan (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 21st April 2018, when ‘The Robins’ of EVESHAM UNITED will be the visitors. 3.00pm

Key moments

Red Card Neil Arndale is sent off for Larkhall Athletic
Goal Michael Bryant scores for Mangotsfield United
Goal Jordan Williams scores for Mangotsfield United


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82:00 Sub Off
Michael Bryant is substituted off for Mangotsfield United
82:00 Sub On
Zayn Alime is substituted on for Mangotsfield United
78:00 Goal 0 - 2
Jordan Williams scores for Mangotsfield United
62:00 Goal 0 - 1
Michael Bryant scores for Mangotsfield United
58:00 Sub Off
Joe Tumelty is substituted off for Larkhall Athletic
58:00 Sub On
Kailan Gould is substituted on for Larkhall Athletic
53:00 Sub Off
Sam Hill is substituted off for Mangotsfield United
53:00 Sub On
Lewis G. Powell is substituted on for Mangotsfield United
52:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Neil Arndale is sent off for Larkhall Athletic
47:00 Sub Off
Jake Elliott is substituted off for Larkhall Athletic
47:00 Sub On
Neil Arndale is substituted on for Larkhall Athletic
45:00 Yellow Card
Sam Hill is yellow carded for Mangotsfield United
End of period 1
35:00 Sub On
George Lloyd is substituted on for Mangotsfield United
35:00 Sub Off
Ed Weeks is substituted off for Mangotsfield United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Larkhall Athletic
  • Mangotsfield United
  • 0
  • Ed Weeks Sub Off 35:00'
  • George Lloyd Sub On 35:00'
  • Sam Hill Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Jake Elliott Sub Off 47:00'
  • Neil Arndale Sub On 47:00'
  • Neil Arndale Red Card 52:00'
  • Sam Hill Sub Off 53:00'
  • Lewis G. Powell Sub On 53:00'
  • Joe Tumelty Sub Off 58:00'
  • Kailan Gould Sub On 58:00'
  • Michael Bryant Goal 62:00'
  • Jordan Williams Goal 78:00'
  • Michael Bryant Sub Off 82:00'
  • Zayn Alime Sub On 82:00'

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League table

# 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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