Mangotsfield United....4 Barnstaple Town...0
By Bob Smale
Home victory at last
Saturday 29th September 2018, The Evo-Stik League South – Division One South Attendance 108
Mangotsfield United…4 Barnstaple Town…0
There was a much-changed look about the Mangos side this afternoon, with James Bloom & Adam Kelly returning, together with a start for new signing Luke Spokes and another signing, Jake Thomas, on the bench. Finally, our poor returns at Cossham Street were ended, and it was a central defender, Tom Warren, who got things going.
Tom does not score many and this was the first time he had scored a brace in a match (for Mangos, at least). The game was just five minutes gone when his diving header from close range, from a Luke Spokes corner put us in front. 1-0.
Strong running from Kyle Tooze saw him burst into the area and brought down in the 16th minute, and Jordan Williams tucked the resultant spot-kick away. 2-0.
Seven minutes later, Tom Warren was in the same position again for an almost identical goal, and we were in the driving seat with the score at 3-0.
Luke Spokes was drawing attention with his accuracy from free-kicks and corners, and he smacked the crossbar with a 25 yard volley. There was a great chance for Louis Britton in the 26th minute but he was denied by keeper Robert Holmes with a point-blank save from about 6 yards. Most of Barnstaple’s opportunities came from distance with both Jack Rice & Alf Moulden being just off-target and from a dangerous looking corner by Jack Jenkins, George Nancekivell saw his header easily held by keeper Andrew Hannah, who was having a relatively quite afternoon.
Just before the break, Jack Rice curled a volley from distance just beyond the far post.
Two minutes into the second-half, with Sekani Simpson having to be subbed again due to injury, we found the net once more. Louis Britton saw his low drive from 12 yards, across the keeper, giving him his 3rd strike this season. 4-0.
After 55 minutes, ‘Barum’ had a chance to reduce the scoreline, when an offence by Sonnie Low, who had not been on the field very long, gave them a penalty, but Alf Moulden pulled his shot well wide of Andrew Hannah’s right-hand post.
To their credit, and despite the scoreline, Barnstaple never gave up, whilst Mangos took their feet off the pedal slightly, especially after Kyle Tooze had been subbed. There was a late chance for James Bloom to have scored but keeper Robert Holmes did well to push his drive over the top.
So manager Ollie Price was able to talk with Geoff Twentyman on Radio Bristol after the game feeling a lot more positive following this vital win. Everything came together. Onwards & upwards, as they say!
FT: Mangotsfield United… 4 Barnstaple Town…0
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Maroon & Sky) (Manager: Ollie Price)
G/K. Andrew Hannah, 2. Sekani Simpson © (Sonnie Low 46), 3. James Bloom, 4. Luke Spokes, 5. Tom Warren, 6. Colin Mugoya-Tabingwa, 7. Adam Kelly (Jake Thomas 81), 8. Louis Britton, 9. Kyle Tooze (Kye Simpson 65), 10. Michael Bryant, 11. Jordan Williams
Unused Subs: Ryan Gissing, Adam Hockey
Bookings: Sonnie Low (55), Kyle Tooze (57)
Red Cards: None
Goals: Tom Warren (5 & 23), Jordan Williams (16 pen), Louis Britton (47)
BARNSTAPLE TOWN ( All Red) (Manager: Kevin Darch)
G/K: Robert Holmes, 2. Neil Last, 3. Stephen Reed (Kyle Darragh 61), 4. Oliver Gardner, 5. James Spence, 6. Ross Middleton (Will Pinnick 66), 7. Jack Jenkins ©, 8. Alf Moulden (Alex Montgomery 79), 9. Steve Holland, 10. George Nancekivell, 11. Jack Rice
Unused Subs: Kevin Darch
Bookings: Kyle Darragh (86)
Red Cards: none
Referee: Andrew Sheppard, (Hartpury, Glos)
Assistants: Thomas Staten, (Gloucester), Ian Butler, (Tewkesbury, Glos)
The next scheduled game at the GJC Commercials Ltd Stadium, will be on Saturday 13th October 2018, when ‘The Greens’ of KIDLINGTON FC will be the visitors. 3.00pm, in the BuildBase FA Trophy.