Bideford AFC...0 Mangotsfield Utd...0
By Bob Smale
Stalemate in North Devon
Saturday 10th November 2018. The Evo-Stik League South – Division One South Attendance 210
Bideford AFC…0 Mangotsfield United…0
Report by Ron Loftus
Main photo by Matt Smart – North Devon Gazette – with thanks
A tough-looking trip against a Bideford side that had recorded some impressive recent results saw the ' Field return with a deserved point from their first drawn game of the season. Both teams were missing several players - in our case Clayton Fortune (suspended) and Sekani Simpson (injured). There were chances for both sides in the early stages with Miles John failing to lob the advancing Steve Oliver in the home goal after finding himself clear on goal only for the home sides Kevin Squire to waste a similar chance soon after by lifting his attempt over the bar. An evenly-contested first 45 mins. saw chances created at both ends but a resilient Mangotsfield defence where, once again, young Kieran Hodges in goal gave an assured performance , saw the sides go in level at half-time.
The home side increased the pressure at the start of the second period but a hard-working and gritty performance all over the pitch meant we were well in the game. Lewis Ellington started the game and ran continuously throughout up front . Several good low crosses into the box failed to find the finish they deserved from both sides and then in the closing stages Louis Britton evaded the Bideford defence and as the keeper advanced his mishit chip drifted agonisingly wide of the post. Overall a point apiece was probably about right. We were happy to return with a clean sheet as Manager Ollie Price continues to search for his best starting line-up and with another confidence-boosting result.
FOOTNOTE: A big ' heads-up ' to MUFC Supporters Club Chairman Roger Williams and pal Miles who made the journey to our longest away game of the season by rail via Bristol/Exeter and Barnstaple before completing their trip by bus to this North Devon outpost . RESPECT LADS !!
BIDEFORD AFC ( All Red) (Manager: Sean Joyce )
G/K: Steve Oliver, 2. Sam Haynes, 3. Liam Gregory, 4. Niall Heeney, 5. James Mayne, 6. Toby Down, 7. Ben Carter ©, 8. Ryan Turner, 9. Kevin Squire, 10. Jordan Ricketts, 11. Ben Wood (Will Hancox 77).
Unused Subs: Craig Allan, Callum Laird.
Red Cards: none
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (White & Black) (Manager: Ollie Price)
G/K. Kieran Hodges, 2. Sonnie Low, 3. James Bloom, 4. Michael Rimmer (Louis Britton 77), 5. Tom Warren, 6. Colin Mugoya-Tabingwa, 7. Kyle Tooze, 8. Luke Spokes, 9. Lewis Ellington(Jordan Williams 85), 10. Michael Bryant ©, 11. Miles John (Adam Kelly 71).
Unused Subs: Matty Tanner, Chris Lane
Bookings: Colin Mugoya-Tabingwa (36), Kyle Tooze (62), Adam Kelly (85)
Red Cards: none
Referee: Steve Annis (Helston)
Assistants: Mark Hoskin (Penzance), Derek Hughes (Penzance)
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