Bristol Manor Farm vs Larkhall Athletic

26-08-2019 15:00

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Mason Winter 1 Star Man
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Bristol Manor Farm 0   Larkhall Athletic 0 Although a Bank Holiday crowd of 227 never got to see any goals in this top-six clash at The Creek, there remained enough action and transfer of control over the 90 minutes to keep the sun-kissed spectators interested. It was during the games predictably bruising opening quarter (two strong teams battling for early dominance of the midfield) that the first big moment in the match occurred. Unfortunately for the home side it was the loss of Jack Durrant, who up until that point had probably been the most influential player on the pitch. Competing  for an aerial challenge halfway inside the Manor Farm half, Durrant ended up on the bottom of a small pile of players that included his own skipper Steve Kingdon. Somewhere in the fall and the mess of limbs the unfortunate Durrant caught an accidental stray boot to the face and was forced to leave the field of play in exchange for an unwanted trip to A&E. The immediate loss of Durrant’s influence was felt as Larkhall pushed forward to create a series of chances including a lobbed effort from 25 yards that had the Manor Farm rearguard scrambling back as the ball sailed narrowly wide and over. Farm centre-half Lloyd Mills came close to opening the scoring on the half-hour mark when he poked goalwards from a corner-kick on the right but Larks’ goalkeeper Shaun Semmens saved late and low to his left. It was Farm’s ‘keeper Ben John though who now became his sides biggest influencer – having to make four sharp saves during a period of intense Larkhall pressure on the Manor Farm goal – one of them a great reflex action to safely pouch a shot from two yards out. Five minutes before half-time Jamie Adams must’ve thought he’d given Farm the lead when he dived very low in a crowded box from a corner-kick to head firmly goalwards through a crowd of defenders, one of whom feathered a last-second deflection to send the ball spinning upwards and inches over the bar to safety. A goal-kick was awarded to the disbelief of the watching Farmy Army. Ben John pulled off a good stop in the 55th minute as Larkhall maintained their threat and pressure up front throughout the second half. Manor Farm made their best chance of the half with some neat passing and attacking one touch football. With fifteen minutes to play, Adams picked up a clearance with time to think and picked out Jordan Metters with a nice forward pass who quickly fed the ball into a dangerous area for Joe Tumelty to operate, the young Farm forward showing good strength and purpose to win two challenges before advancing to get a good shot off at goal which was saved well by Semmens. With both teams playing just 48 hours after the weekends FA Cup exploits in similarly very hot conditions it was perhaps understandable that neither team could finally break the other down on an energy-sapping afternoon. Both teams, however, can take encouragement from a point well-earned and entering this weekend’s fixtures unbeaten. STAR MAN (Mason Winter, Bristol Manor Farm)

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