Thatcham Town....1 Mangotsfield United....2
By Bob Smale
Vital victory at Waterside Park
Saturday 6th April 2019. The Evo-Stik League South – Division One South Attendance 140
Thatcham Town …1 Mangotsfield United…2
Match report by Ron Loftus
It was a ‘gutsy’ and hard-working performance at Thatcham yesterday as the ' Field earned a valuable three points. On a hard and bumpy pitch the boys adopted a tough, no-nonsense approach which was exactly what was needed in those conditions. With a solid-looking back line in which Clayton Fortune, Keith Kearney and Sekani Simpson excelled, and with Chris Peck having his best game since joining the club we seemed to find the right balance, and with the speedy Dan Demkiv, James Ollis ( who also had one of his best games ) and the marauding Matty Tanner finding space down the flanks we created problems for our hosts from the off.
After 19 mins. some good one-touch and movement on the edge of the Thatcham penalty area saw Matty Tanner break clear before shooting powerfully home across the home ' keeper (0-1).
Former favourite , Kyle Tooze, was given little space by a resolute defence although he did create a chance for himself after 34mins but Marco Radovanovic was equal to his well-struck effort.
The all-important second goal came early in the second period when Demkiv got clear down the right before squaring the ball low across the 6-yard box where James Ollis' cheeky back-heel crept into the bottom corner (0-2).
Thatcham then gambled with all their subs used around the hour mark and for a spell they got back into the game. An uncharacteristic slip by Tanner allowed Tooze to get to the byline before crossing low to another former ' Field player, Adam Kelly, who scrambled the ball home at the back post. (1-2). Further chances were few and far between as Mangotsfield saw the game out to earn the win.
Well done to Ollie and all the boys for a great team-effort. Onwards and upwards !!
THATCHAM TOWN ( All Blue) (Manager: Danny Robinson )
G/K: Calum Ward, 2. Curtis Angell, 3. Jordan Williams, 4. Tom Melledew ©, 5. Gareth Thomas, 6. Michael Miller, 7. George Jeacock(Jack Stanley 65), 8. Jack Alexander(Shane Cooper-Clark 58), 9. Kyle Tooze, 10. Scott Rees, 11. Zidan Akers(Adam Kelly 65).
Unused Subs: Jon Beeden, Stuart Cattell
Bookings: Gareth Thomas (20), Tom Melledew (84)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Adam Kelly (72)
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Sky & Maroon) (Manager: Ollie Price)
G/K. Marko Radovanovic, 2. Sekani Simpson ©, 3. Matty Tanner, 4. Clayton Fortune, 5. Keith Kearney, 6. Chris Peck, 7. James Ollis(Tyrone Tucker-Dixon 72), 8. Luke Spokes, 9. Dan Demkiv, 10. Lee Hartshorn, 11. Tom Hillman.
Unused Subs: Max Williams, Colin Mugoya-Tabingwa, Ollie Price
Bookings: Tom Hillman (56), Lee Hartshorn (88)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Matty Tanner (19), James Ollis (52)
Referee: Alistair Higgs (Camberley, Surrey)
Assistants: Sam Bowen (Windsor, Berks), Mark Millard (Basingstoke, Hants)
The next scheduled game at the GJC Commercials Ltd Stadium, will be on Saturday 20th April 2019, when ‘The Rovers’ of PAULTON ROVERS are the visitors 3.00pm