Mangotsfield United...5 Cinderford Town...0
By Peter Coddington
Mangos go Nap
Saturday 19th January 2019, The Evo-Stik League South – Division One South Attendance 120
Mangotsfield United….5 Cinderford Town…0
The day belonged, naturally, to Louis Britton. The last Mangotsfield player to score five goals in a match was David Seal when we destroyed Falmouth Town 10-1 in an FA Cup-tie in 2001/02. Goals have been hard to come by this season, so this was a great surprise. However, it was the all-round team performance which was so pleasing.
And yet, the game started with Cinderford looking strong and after eight minutes, an almighty goalmouth scramble should have brought them a goal. How it did not go in, we shall never know. It struck the woodwork and there were several defender blocks before it was cleared. Jack Alderdice headed over from a corner, but it was the hosts who took the lead after 10 minutes.
Louis Britton struck a low shot through a crowded defence, from a corner. 1-0.
Britton was denied by a fine save from keeper Alex Harris, before he struck again in the 22nd minute with a crisp volley which went in off the underside of the crossbar. 2-0.
Cinderford’s chances came mainly from distance, but a well-struck header, destined for the top corner, was clawed away by keeper Joe Perry, making his return to the club after 3 years away.
The Foresters, always looked dangerous and a good volley had Joe Perry beaten but missed his right-hand post.
Cinderford started the 2nd half on the front foot, with two half-time substitutions and went looking for a goal, but the hosts broke quickly in the 51st minute and Louis Britton claimed his hat-trick when he drew the keeper and rolled the ball under him from just inside the area. 3-0.
He had the ball in the net again after 65 minutes but was ruled offside, but his fourth goal after 74 minutes, was probably his best. Taking advantage of a miscued cleared by Alex Harris, he controlled the spinning ball well, on the left touchline, looked up and lobbed the retreating keeper from 35 yards. 4-0.
It was not Cinderford’s day at all. They had a great chance to pull a goal back when Richard Greaves beat keeper Joe Perry to a through ball but saw his effort come back off the base of the post, and the rebound was blasted over the top.
The last action of an eventful afternoon belonged to Louis Britton. In stoppage time, his free-kick from 25 yards took a big deflection off a defender to wrongfoot Alex Harris 5-0.
A welcome victory and a great all-round performance. Ollie Price’s side are beginning to gel, and this was the second week with a clean sheet. For the long suffering Mangotsfield fans, this was worth waiting for and extra pleasing knowing that Louis is the son of an ex Mango favourite, Geoff Britton.
As Ron Loftus, pointed out….Britton’s Got Talent!!
FT: Mangotsfield United… 5 Cinderford Town…0
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Maroon & Sky) (Manager: Ollie Price)
G/K. Joe Perry, 2. Sekani Simpson ©, 3. James Bloom, 4. Joseph Hall, 5. Lee Hartshorn, 6. Kevin Davies(Miles John 76), 7. Luke Spokes(Calum Ferguson 80), 8. Clayton Fortune, 9. Dan Demkiv, 10. Louis Britton, 11. James Ollis(Matty Tanner 70).
Unused Subs: Colin Mugoya-Tabingwa, George Bell
Bookings: Kevin Davies (4), Louis Britton (72)
Red Cards: None
Goals: Louis Britton (10, 22, 51, 74, 90)
CINDERFORD TOWN ( All Yellow) (Manager: Paul Michael )
G/K: Alex Harris ©, 2. Blaine Waugh, 3. Lewis Binns, 4. Ben Watkins, 5. Jack Alderdice, 6. Andy Lewis, 7. Lorcan Sheehan, 8. Dan MacDonald, 9. Richard Greaves, 10. Josh Hunt, 11. James Harding
Unused Subs: Nick Rhodes, Jordan Dibble (G/K)
Bookings: Lewis Binns (36), Ben Watkins (90), Lorcan Sheehan (49)
Red Cards: none
Referee: Jack Clench (Bristol)
Assistants: Mitchell Terry (Swindon, Wilts), Daniel Spyer (Calne, Wilts)
The next scheduled game at the GJC Commercials Ltd Stadium, will be on Saturday 9th February 2019, when ‘The Blues’ of FLEET TOWN will be the visitors. 3.00pm