Sholing vs Bristol Manor Farm

12-10-2019 15:00

Player statistic

Quantity Event Time
Stuart Green 1 Goal 34'
Stuart Green 1 Goal 77'
Time Event Quantity
Appearances 1 Ben John
Appearances 1 Tyler Ashmead
Appearances 1 Mason Winter
Appearances 1 Josh Nelmes
Appearances 1 Steve Kingdon
Appearances 1 Jay Adams
Appearances 1 Lloyd Mills
Appearances 1 Ashley Kington
Appearances 1 Jordan Metters
Appearances 1 Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist
Sub Appearances 1 Iain Harvey
Sub Appearances 1 Jamie Bird
Appearances 1 Stuart Tovey
Sub Appearances 1 Lewis Bamford
54' Goal 1 Jordan Metters
Star Man 1 Lloyd Mills

Sholing 2 Bristol Manor Farm 1   Amid something of an injury crisis, Bristol Manor Farm’s route to a Wembley final was stalled for the second time in four days – crashing out of the FA Trophy on a sodden Saturday in Southampton following their midweek defeat in an FA Cup replay at Wealdstone.   With six regulars side-lined Lee Lashenko’s heavily-adjusted side understandably took a long while to settle in this game as Sholing dominated a first half in which Farm goalkeeper Ben John – outstanding once again - was tested throughout. Farm had to defend stoutly in slippery conditions, rarely troubling John’s opposite number.   Just past the half-hour mark defender Josh Nelmes had the crossbar to thank for denying the home side a lead with a spectacular volleyed back-heel that flew off his boot as he competed bravely to stop a goal-bound shot.   Minutes later Farm did concede when a mis-placed pass allowed a cross from the left to find Sholing debutant Stuart Green who had time and space in the box to pick his spot and easily slot home.   Ashley Kington responded with a good shot from the right on a rare Farm foray but The Portwaymen’s first-half misery was compounded when influential midfielder Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist had to limp off in pain a minute before the break.   It was actually Leigh-Gilchrist’s replacement – Youth team graduate Troy Waters – who provided a much-needed spark for the Farm in an altogether different second half.   Led by dogged, battling performances in midfield, Manor Farm finally got on the front foot early in the half and gained parity in the 53rd minute when Jordan Metters curled a delicious trademark free-kick beyond Ryan Gosney’s reach and into the top corner.   Ten minutes later however there was still some defending to do with Mason Winter having to clear from under his own crossbar as the Farm fans held their collective breath.   Back up the other end, a great move involving Metters and Lloyd Mills – whose  own overall example and influence grew distinctly through the game -  set up a header for Jamie Adams that was just tipped wide by Gosney. Adams then tried a clever chip in the 69th minute which Gosney again got a late, saving hand to. For all of Farm’s big second-half effort it was Sholing’s most influential player Green who bagged a personal brace with 15 minutes left to play to earn his side victory. Following a missed clearance Green was on hand in the box again to shoot – the ball took a wicked deflection off John’s knee as he dived to smother, sending it looping high into the net.   With five minutes left Ashley Kington cut inside from the left before unleashing a fine effort that Gosney got a fingertip to, onto the crossbar, to deny the visitors an equaliser.   With the 90 minutes almost up, Waters - who had made several inroads past defenders since his introduction - got a shot off that Gosney gathered easily. In time-added on John kept the Farm alive with a great save from close range and with the final chance of the game Waters did well again to beat his marker but his shot flew over the bar.   The Farmy Army warmly applauded the team’s second-half efforts at the end of a challenging week. Farm will work hard to put out their strongest team possible for the long midweek trip to Bideford on Tuesday night - seeking to lift themselves up the table with multiple league games in hand now that cup football is over for the season. For the second season running the club has made its own cup history – but now it’s back to regular business. Saturday’s second-half performance shows there is good quality in the depth of Lashenko’s squad, tested at present though it is.   STAR MAN (Lloyd Mills, Bristol Manor Farm)      

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