Melksham Town...2 Mangotsfield United...1
By Bob Smale
Luke Ballinger haunts Mangos
Saturday 3rd November 2018. The Evo-Stik League South – Division One South Attendance 352
Melksham Town…2 Mangotsfield United…1
Report by Ron Loftus
A much-changed side which saw debuts for new signings Kieran Hodges, Michael Rimmer and Miles John was always going to face a tough task against a side who had only lost once in the league this season. Truth be told we were outplayed for most of the first 45 mins. and new 'keeper Hodges showed plenty of promise when called to make a number of saves to keep the scoreline respectable.
Having said that we created a couple of decent chances but failed to capitalise . A disastrous start to the second period when a rash challenge from Clayton Fortune saw a straight red card and a penalty which young Hodges came close to stopping meant a mountain to climb at 0-2. Enforced changes saw Colin Magoya and Michael Bryant come off the bench and we came much more into the game.
When an excellent free-kick from Luke Spokes was deflected home by Michael Bryant after 85 mins. it felt as if we could still get something from the game.
In stoppage time a superb , low free-kick from Luke Spokes went around the defensive wall and seemed destined for the bottom corner but home custodian Darren Behcet made a brilliant full-length save to preserve our hosts lead. Ollie Price will continue to search for the best line-up I am sure and once again a basically young side showed plenty of effort without carrying enough of a threat going forward. We move on - keep the faith !! COYF !
MELKSHAM TOWN ( Yellow & Black) (Manager: Kieran Baggs )
G/K: Darren Behcet, 2. Mark Cooper, 3. Chris Allen, 4. Mark Wall (Simon Gilbert 81), 5. Warren Maidment, 6. David Thompson, 7. Enock Ekongo, 8. Robert Hobbs, 9. Brad Norris(Gary Higdon 62), 10. Luke Ballinger, 11. Dan Demkiv
Unused Subs: Jamie Lyons, Jacob Hutchings, Nick Evans
Bookings: Warren Maidment (86)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Ballinger (14) + (59) pen
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Sky & Maroon) (Manager: Ollie Price)
G/K. Kieran Hodges, 2. Sonnie Low, 3. Matty Tanner(Jake Thomas 76), 4. Michael Rimmer, 5. Tom Warren, 6. Clayton Fortune, 7. Miles John, 8. Luke Spokes, 9. Kyle Tooze, 10. Louis Britton (Colin Mugoya-Tabingwa 59), 11. Jordan Williams (Michael Bryant 62)
Unused Subs: James Bloom, Adam Kelly
Bookings: Tom Warren (86)
Red Cards: Clayton Fortune (57)
Goals: Michael Bryant (85)
Referee: Oliver Spender (Gloucester)
Assistants: Nathan Dow (Reading), Ian Butler (Tewkesbury)
The next scheduled game at the GJC Commercials Ltd Stadium, will be on Saturday 17th November 2018, when ‘The Kingfishers of THATCHAM TOWN are the visitors 3.00pm