Highworth Town....1 Mangotsfield United....1
By Bob Smale
Mangos all square at Worthians
Saturday 23rd March 2019. The Evo-Stik League South – Division One South Attendance 130
Highworth Town …1 Mangotsfield United…1
Match report by Ron Loftus
The confidence from the previous week’s victory over Larkhall was carried into this tough-looking game in Wiltshire on Saturday. In fact, the 'Field had far the better of the opening 45 mins, with an energetic display which saw them dominate possession with several decent half-chances which, unfortunately, were not taken.
A fact that was to prove costly as the game wore on. Tom Hillman did, however, come close with one of his trademark free-kicks from distance with home 'keeper Connor Johns pulling off a full-length diving save.
We did go in front on 24 mins. though as Tom Hillman played a neat one-two before getting clear of the home defence and angling a low shot into the bottom corner across keeper Johns. ( 0-1 ). This lead was comfortably maintained until the interval and we dared to dream of an unexpected away victory.
The second half, however, was a complete turnaround as our hosts dominated proceedings as we fell off the pace and it became a matter of whether or not we could somehow hold onto our lead as we looked a tired outfit.
The almost inevitable equaliser arrived on 77mins. as a momentary lapse in concentration from a visiting defence with the consistent trio of Sekani Simpson, Clayton Fortune and Colin Mugoya performing well, saw home skipper Wayne Turk left free in the box to head home powerfully from a right-wing cross.
The introduction of Louis Britton from the bench saw a late chance squandered as he created a chance from nothing but with the ball coming back off the home custodian, James Ollis was unable to convert from close in and it finished all-square which we would probably taken before the game.
HIGHWORTH TOWN ( Red & Black) (Manager: Jeff Roberts )
G/K: Connor Johns, 2. Jon Else, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Wayne Turk.(c), 5. Zak Westlake, 6. Chris Taylor, 7. Edjidja Mbunga, 8. Sean Wood (Sam Morris 66), 9. Callum Parsons, 10.Jordan Young, 11. Yeshaya Lomotey (Matty Grabe 66).
Unused Subs: Jonah Beer, Frankie Grieveson
Bookings: Yeshaya Lomotey (42), Sam Morris (87)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Wayne Turk (77)
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Maroon & Sky) (Manager: Ollie Price)
G/K. Joe Perry, 2. Sekani Simpson ©, 3. Matty Tanner, 4. Clayton Fortune, 5. Colin Mugoya-Tabingwa, 6. Chris Peck, 7. Tyrone Tucker-Dixon (Louis Britton 60), 8. Max Williams, 9. Dan Demkiv (Owura Edwards 87), 10. Lee Hartshorn, 11. Tom Hillman (James Ollis 79)
Unused Subs: Ollie Price, Sam Hill
Bookings: Max Williams (73)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Tom Hillman (24)
Referee: Dale Wootton (Cheltenham, Glos)
Assistants: Darren McMillan (Dursley, Glos), Ian Butler (Tewkesbury, Glos)
The next scheduled game at the GJC Commercials Ltd Stadium, will be on Saturday 30th March 2019, when ‘The Robins’ of BIDEFORD AFC are the visitors 3.00pm