Manor Farm started the game brightly with Chas Hemmings forcing a smart save from Steve Mowthorpe in the third minute and Jordan Rodgers heading his side into a 1-0 lead in the fourth, near-post from the resultant corner. Rodgers then won a foot race with Mowthorpe in the sixth minute but volleyed just wide of the upright.
Hemmings made a good clearance around the quarter hour mark as the Farm box came under pressure and Moneyfields drew level in the 17th minute when Steve Hutchings shot through a crowd of players with the Manor Farm team appealing unsuccessfully for a hand ball offence during the build-up.
Farm’s Lloyd Mills headed down for Owen Howe in the 42nd minute but the striker’s fine effort looped just over the bar. Hutchings then received a straight red card for the visitors a minute before the break for stamping on a prone Jamie Turner.
The ten men of Moneyfields had the better start to the second half but Manor Farm regained the lead with what proved to be the winner in the 54th minute. A great cross from the right by Jordan Rodgers was nodded down from Howe to Hemmings, who with his back to goal tee’d the ball up nicely for Jamie Adams to hit a powerful side-footed shot that squarely crashed in off the underside of the crossbar to the obvious delight of the home fans and dug-out.
Adams was then supremely unlucky not to get a second goal but nevertheless sealed his man-of-the-match award after a great piece of individual play with just eight minutes left on the clock. The Farm midfielder fair bust a gut to chase down a ball on the right touchline, robbed it off the defender that had arrived just ahead of him with a perfectly-judged slide-tackle, emerged with the ball and then advanced twenty-five yards to the edge of the visitor’s box before hammering a right foot shot that to the disbelief of the home crowd, pinged away to safety off the inside of Mowthorpe’s near-post.
Overall, Bristol Manor Farm were good value for their victory in another closely-fought, entertaining match between two teams fast developing a meaningful port-to-port rivalry.
STAR MAN (Jamie Adams, Bristol Manor Farm)