Evesham United...3 Mangotsfield United...2
By Bob Smale
Narrow defeat in Worcestershire
Wednesday 22nd August 2018, The Evo-Stik League South – Division One South Attendance 240
Evesham United…3 Mangotsfield United…2
Match Report by Ron Loftus
A tough encounter away to one of the sides expected to feature near the top of the table saw the ' Field just come up short at the final reckoning. An even first 20 - 25 minutes saw both sides cancelling each other out with Michael Bryant’s audacious overhead - kick from an acute angle bouncing off the top of our hosts crossbar, the nearest we came to opening the scoring.
As with Saturday's game against Winchester we conceded a poor goal after 30mins. when a free-kick from wide on the right saw confusion in our defence with the ball eventually falling to Ashley Williams just a few yards out and he was able to convert easily. Our response was almost immediate as Kye Simpson chased a long ball to the left corner and beat the covering defender before travelling along the goalline and supplying Michael Bryant with a tap-in from 6 yards out.
It looked as if the sides would go in all-square at the break but an unfortunate slip by Connor Jones allowed Joe Turley to put Evesham 2-1 up at the interval.
The home side dominated the first 15-20 mins. of the second half and we rode our luck somewhat with the ball hitting our woodwork on several occassions. With both sides making substitutions it was the 'Field who came more into the game, but we were caught out after 86 mins.when we lost possession wide on the right and a swift counter-attack saw us punished by Lewis Ellington's close-range finish. 3-1.
We kept going right to the end and in stoppage time young Louis Britton battled his way past the last defender before slotting low past Harvey Rivers in the home goal to bring the final scoreline to 3-2 in Evesham's favour. Interestingly the Evesham Supporters Club made goalkeeper Rivers their Man of the Match - perhaps that tells its own story!
Onwards and upwards !!
**Trivia – All Evesham’s goals were scored by players who have played for Mangotsfield in recent times!!
EVESHAM UNITED ( Red & Black) (Manager: Paul Collicutt)
G/K: Harvey Rivers, 2. Nick Hancock, 3. Nick Humphreys, 4. Joe Turley, 5. Nathan Summers, 6. Linden Dovey ©, 7. Marley Thomas (Tyrone Tucker-Dixon 69), 8. Ashley Williams, 9. Stephen Davies, 10. Archie Haskayne (Joe Tumelty 80), 11. Cory Simpson (Lewis Ellington 69).
Unused Subs: Sean Brain, Will Tunnicliffe
Bookings: Marley Thomas (57)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Ashley Williams (30), Joe Turley (44), Lewis Ellington (86)
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Maroon & Sky) (Manager: Ollie Price)
G/K. Cameron Clarke, 2. Sekani Simpson, 3. James Bloom, 4. Sam Hill, 5. Tom Warren, 6. Colin Mugoya-Tabingwa, 7. Connor Jones(Louis Britton 72), 8. Kyle Tooze, 9. Kye Simpson (Jordan Williams 78), 10. Michael Bryant ©, (Thomas Llewellyn 61)11. Caelen Simpson
Unused Subs: Ryan Gissing, Jordan Ricketts
Bookings: Kyle Tooze (75).
Red Cards: None
Goals: Michael Bryant (34), Louis Britton (90)
Referee: Tom Bowkett
Assistants: George Enever, Ashley Clarke
The next scheduled game at the GJC Commercials Ltd Stadium, will be on Monday 27th August 2018, when ‘The Bluebells’ of YATE TOWN will be the visitors. 3.00pm