Both sides missed late second half opportunities to snatch all three points from this fairly decent goalless draw at The Tannery on Tuesday night.
The game started brightly with Jamie Bird, Jordan Metters and Owen Howe all looking lively up front for the visitors.
Two good interventions were made – one by Street right back Josh Bennett, closely followed by a great sweeping tackle by Aron Robbins up the other end for the Farm and Ben John saved well from a lofted ball played deep into The Portwaymen’s box.
Liam Kingston had to be alert in the 15th minute when Owen Howe connected sweetly with a ball from 30 yards out , sending a rocket of a volley goalwards which saw the young Street keeper having to readjust his feet to gather safely.
Street’s Aiden Chainey then saw his own long range effort come back off the foot of the Farm post meaning the teams went in at half-time goalless but with all still very much to play for.
Manor Farm won a free-kick in a good position down the left during the opening minute of the second half. The cross was only partially cleared to Lloyd Mills who hooked the ball wide with his back to goal.
Five minutes later Steve Murray blasted over from 12 yards after Manor Farm had relinquished possession in midfield.
Jack Durrant had a good effort from outside the box deflected away for a corner and with twenty minutes left to play Ben John did extremely well to scoop out a long range Street shot at his near post.
Farm skipper Owen Howe was dismissed for a second yellow card following a late challenge in the 78th minute and Farm had to dig deep. The ten men almost snatched a late winner in the 86th minute when Lewis Bamford was put through in a one-on-one with the Street ‘keeper. Bamford did all the hard work in holding off and getting a stride on his defender but the Farm substitute hit the ball straight at the advancing Kingston.
In the closing moments of the game a thunderous effort by Cobbler’s sub Phil Ormrod came crashing back off the Farm crossbar but Murray could only head the rebound straight into Ben Johns hands from six yards out.
It was a tightly contested game that could have gone either way but at the end of 90 minutes labour and toil, both sides had to be content with a point apiece.
STAR MAN (Jamie Adams, Bristol Manor Farm)