Bristol Manor Farm 1 Bristol Rovers Development 3
Rovers Development Squad finally overcame their plucky Southern League hosts courtesy of a purple patch early in the second half when they scored three times in ten minutes to overhaul a half-time 1-0 deficit.
Overall this was a good, entertaining match with which to kick off Manor Farm’s competitive season and Farm boss Lee Lashenko can take plenty of encouragement from his team’s performance – particularly in the first half when the Farm were arguably the better side.
Mason Winter maurauded forward from left-back in the 5th minute of the game before feeding Joe Tumelty who shot narrowly wide.
For Rovers, Rollin Menayese went close on 15 minutes with a glancing header from a free kick that slid just wide of Ben John’s goal.
Ten minutes later Lloyd Mills produced a great block and Ben John a fine save from the follow up to deny the visitors a lead.
Rovers failed to capitalise on defensive errors twice in the half but it was Manor Farm who continued to play attractive, one-touch football.
On the stroke of half-time the home side got their noses in front when Tyler Ashmead whipped a great cross in from an advanced right back position, Joe Tumelty challenged and when the ball fell nicely for Jay Adams, arriving at the far post, the midfielder gleefully tucked the ball away.
Rovers drew level two minutes into the second half when Deon Moore got a sharp shot away from an inside-left position deep inside the box that squeezed in at the right hand post.
Farm came back immediately with Joe McClennan cutting inside from the left at pace before hitting a sweet, curling effort that swung just wide of the far post.
In the 56th minute Rovers took the lead with the goal of the night when Lucas Tomlinson turned and shot from wide on the right with a sweet dipping volley that gave John no chance.
Moments later the lead was increased to 3-1 when the Farm defence got split allowing Rhys Kavanagh to score easily.
Manor Farm bravely kept coming – Tumelty producing a good effort on the hour mark and after some neat teamwork in the box five minutes later, Jack Durrant was unlucky to see his effort screw just wide of the goal. But Rovers withstood Farm’s resurgence well to book their place in the next round of the GFA Senior Challenge Cup.
STAR MAN (Tyler Ashmead, Bristol Manor Farm)