Bideford 0 Bristol Manor Farm 2
Having been exclusively involved in Cup matches over the previous four weeks, Bristol Manor Farm finally turned their attentions back to a League campaign which saw them starting the day in bottom place – albeit with a number of games in hand over all of their divisional rivals.
Travelling to North Devon on a Tuesday night with an injury-ravaged squad didn’t, in truth, look like an ideal game with which to re-launch the season but actually this was as comfortable and thoroughly professional a victory as Farm are likely to have this season against a Bideford side who rarely troubled Ben John’s goal all night. Manor Farm were organised and disciplined without the ball and lively and often exciting when they had possession of it.
Bideford had the first chance of the game in the 4th minute when Domenico Panesar-Dower rose at the back post but could only head wide. Bideford instantly rued the missed chance when Farm sprung forward to take the lead just a minute later.
With Joe Tumelty walking back from an offside position The Robins failed to track Jamie Bird’s excellent 20-yard run from a midfield position and Jordan Metters duly sent an exquisite little through-ball in behind the back four into the young forward’s path. Bird advanced alone into the area before coolly lifting a neat finish over the advancing Liam Kingston’s dive.
Five minutes later Farm doubled their lead when Bird won a loose ball in midfield and fed Joe Tumelty who took the ball into the left hand side of the box before finishing with great composure.
Some of Farm’s one-touch football was a delight to behold, going through midfield and getting behind the back four on a regular basis – Tumelty had a good run and shot saved by Kingston, a great, marauding run by Tyler Ashmead saw the young Farm full-back (again pressed into emergency service as a right-winger) get to the by-line and lift a dangerous cross to the back post where Bird volleyed over the bar.
On 30 minutes the best flowing move of the game - involving Ashmead, Metters and Lloyd Mills - ended with Tumelty putting the ball in the net again but the Assistant flagged for a tight offside decision and the score stayed at 2-0 to the Farm.