Bristol Manor Farm 1 Moneyfields 0
Bristol Manor Farm took the spoils in an exciting yet ill-tempered affair at home to Moneyfields, which saw the visitors reduced to 10 men after going behind to the only goal of the game.
Moneyfields started the brighter and striker Stephen Hutchings had two chances within 5 minutes but was twice denied by home keeper Ben John. The highlights of a sub-par first half came in minutes 40 and 41 and involved chances at either end – Farm’s Jordan Metters was denied by defender Jamie Ford on the goal-line before the visitors broke and Ryan Pennary was denied by John.
Farm started the second half positively and the best early chance fell to Jamie Bird who could only shape his shot wide from 12 yards. The deadlock resisted until 15 minutes from time when substitutes Leigh-Gilchrist and Bamford combined with the latter skipping by two defenders and forced an excellent but meaningless save, as Leigh-Gilchrist buried the rebound. Tempers had threatened to fray at several moments before Moneyfield’s forward Hutchings was given his marching orders for persistent off the ball incidents with Bamford with 10 minutes left.
One was proven to be enough as Farm collected successive wins in their returns to league action this week before they travel to Highworth Town at the weekend.
STAR MAN – Josh Nelmes
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE – 3
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.
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)
Wealdstone 4 Bristol Manor Farm 0
So, Manor Farm’s record-equalling best ever FA Cup run finally came to a heroic end in Tuesday night’s 3rde Qualifying round Replay at wealdstone’s Grosvenor Vale ground and whilst the scoreline might look emphatic and routine for the National League South host’s, this epic cup-tie was everything but.
Farm bouyed by their impressive performance at the weekend, started brightly when a neat move forward found Jay Adams outside the Wealdstone area, but he lost his footing upon connection and could only scoop the ball into into the vocal travelling support behind home stopper Adam Oxborough’s goal. Wealdstone then gained a measure of control as Farm struggled to properly clear their lines and they almost gifted the home side a lead when Steve Kingdon’s outstretched interception beat his own keeper Ben John – the hero of the first leg and indeed in some parts this – but trickled just wide before a stunning last-gasp tackle by Josh Nelmes denied Dennon Lewis a sure fire opener.
The games first real was created and very nearly buried by the outstanding “Stone’s” midfielder Billy Clifford as he collected the ball just inside the box before spinning and leaving John standing with a shot that pinged off the far post and away to safety. Farm, always a threat on the break, created their first meaningful chance when, after forcing a corner with another effort on goal, Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist collected the ball wide and bent his effort inches past the far post with Oxborough scrambling.
Wealdstone would grab the lead just before the break, recycling the ball just after striker Ross Lafayette had hit the post one more, before he himself supplied a terrific cross for winger Jacob Mendy to plant his header and settle home side nerves. One became two just before the interval as Lewis was denied by not one but two outstanding pieces of goalkeeping by John before Kingdon headed away a goalbound volley from Connor Smith.
Having scored 3 minutes before the end of the first half, “The Stones” would double their lead 3 minutes into the second as Clifford span before sliding a lovely ball through to Michael Etefe who cooly rounded the advancing keeper before tucking the ball away. The home sides pressure didn’t let up as John somehow produced another miraculous save – Clifford finding himself free in the box but being bravely denied by the Farm’s keeper’s reflexes at point blank range.
Wealdstone would eventually confirm their place in the next round as the ever – elusive Clifford manufactured space for himself before unleashing a curling effort that left Ben John with no chance.
Manor Farm would have the ball in the net just as their spirit deserved when substitute Lewis Bamford squared for Tyler Ashmead to tap home – only to be left dissapointed to see the assistant with his flag raised for offside. There was still time for the hosts to add some gloss to the scoreline when striker Lewis seized on a misplaced pass and rounded John for a fourth.
Worthy winners on the night, Wealdstone now progress to the final Qualifying Round of the competition for another stiff test at Maidenhead United.
For Manor Farm, despite the result and the end of another epic FA Cup adventure, Lee Lashenko, his players and the magnificently vocal “Farmy Army” of supporters returned back down the M4 with nothing but praises ringing, pride very much intact and certainly no regrets – the players all left everything and more out there on the pitch – looking forward to carrying their excellant current form on into Saturday’s FA Trophy tie away to Sholing and further ahead to the league.
Written by; Jack Davies & Kevin O’Donohoe
Bristol Manor Farm 0 Wealdstone 0
Bristol Manor Farm both rode their luck but defended heroically at times to earn themselves a replay at National League South leaders Wealdstone.
During a tense opening half an hour, Joe Tumelty took a shot on the turn, Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist had a snap-shot well saved by Stones ‘keeper Aston Oxborough and for the visitors Ross Lafayette shot into the side-netting after finding space in the inside left channel.
Ben John had to save well twice as his penalty area came under increasing ‘Royals’ pressure but the Farm ‘keeper was rooted to the spot with a minute left in the half as Connor Smith saw his header from a corner bounce back off a post.
The best chance of the game came just before the hour mark when the referee awarded a penalty for Wealdstone. After a short delay Lafayette blasted his spot kick low down the middle and John gratefully smothered it.
Clearly lifted by the reprieve, Manor Farm began to express themselves more with midfielder Jay Adams shooting just wide of the far post a minute later up the other end.
Farm skipper Steve Kingdon ultimately led the resistance by example, producing a great double-block in the 66th minute and clearing off the line from Dennon Lewis who had looked certain to snatch a late winner. Farm can be proud of their efforts and thoroughly deserve a second bite of the cherry this coming Tuesday night.
STAR MAN (Steve Kingdon, Bristol Manor Farm)Bristol
Weston Super Mare 1 Bristol Manor Farm 1 *
(*WSM won 3-1 on penalties)
Ahead of our big FA Cup game against Wealdstone on Saturday, Manor Farm put in a good, spirited team performance at a blustery Weston Super Mare on Tuesday night – holding our Southern Premier League neighbours to 1-1 over 90 minutes before crashing out of the League Cup in the ensuing penalty shoot-out.
Fielding three changes from last Saturday’s starting eleven that smashed seven goals past Moneyfields in the FA Trophy, Farm made a bright, positive start to the game, getting our tackles in early and playing on the front foot.
A long range effort by Weston’s Jarrad Welsh failed to trouble Ben John in the 12th minute and Jay Malshanskyj’s curling effort looped safely into the Farm keepers hands a minute later. John saved well in the 26th minute, diving low to keep out an on the turn effort by former Farm striker Owen Howe.
Farm forced a succession of corners at the other end and from the third of them Josh Nelmes met Ashley Kington’s centre with a firm volley to put the Portwaymen 1-0 up.
Welsh was lively for the Seagulls – forcing an excellent block by John before drilling a firm strike just wide of the post shortly after. John then saved bravely at Howe’s feet as the hosts pressed for an equaliser.
Five minutes before the break Weston drew level when a deep in-swinging corner from the right by the exciting 17-year old winger Ryan Jones sailed on the wind to the back post where Kington appeared to have headed the ball off the line. The Referee’s Assistant flagged otherwise to confirm that the ball had in fact crossed the line and to be fair there was very little protest by the Farm players.
Jordan Metters replaced Jamie Bird and Lloyd Mills came on for Iain Harvey as Farm looked to stem the tide of increasing Weston pressure early in the second half.
A good run and shot by Malshanskyj in the 68th minute was well-saved by John diving low to smother. Joe Tumelty turned and shot straight at Luke Purnell in the Weston goal a minute later with Farm’s first direct effort of the half.
Skipper Steve Kingdon produced a fine block at the near post to deny Howe a goal against his former team-mates and Seagull’s substitute Jack Mawford hit a sharp drive just high and wide with just under a quarter of an hour to play.
With ten minutes left Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist shot only just wide with a rasping effort from 30 yards and Aron Robbins kept Farm in the game in the 85th minute, clearing the ball after John saved well from a wicked deflection with danger arriving at the back post. Robbins was once again on hand to scoop a dangerous ball behind for a corner with two minutes left of normal time.
With virtually the last kick of the game deep into injury time Weston full back Connor Davies volleyed a ball into the ground that flew across the six-yard but failed to find a finishing touch.
Farm were first up in the shoot-out but both Jay Adams and Ashley Kington, who clipped the ball off the bar, failed to find the net whilst Owen Howe was lucky with Weston’s first effort which John got down well to get a strong hand to but couldn’t quite keep out and Jones sent John the wrong way to put Weston 2 up. Leigh-Gilchrist gave Farm hope at 2-1 but Welsh slammed home for 3-1 before Mason Winter’s fourth Farm effort again slammed against the bar to render the remaining kicks irrelevant.
The players were warmly applauded from the pitch by the travelling Farmy Army – out in good numbers again in a crowd of 168 – and the players applauded back – all of us together as one with a bigger prize on our minds.
STAR MAN (Ben John, Bristol Manor Farm)
Bristol Manor Farm 7 Moneyfield 1
It rained all morning in Bristol then rained goals all afternoon at The Creek in this FA Trophy game on Saturday.
Jamie Bird went close as did Lewis Bamford in the opening half hour but on 33 minutes Farm forced open what proved to be the floodgates when Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist hit a firm strike across the Moneyfields ‘keeper Jake Hallett.
Joe Tumelty made it 2-0 five minutes later after good work by Tyler Ashmead and Leigh-Gilchrist. Farm extended their lead two minutes into injury time when skipper Steve Kingdon scored on-the-turn whilst going to ground following a corner.
Moneyfields pulled a goal back in the 51st minute when Jake Raine’s cross-shot from the right eluded everyone and sailed into the top far corner.
Farm made it 4-1 in the 65th minute when Tumelty curled in a beauty and Leigh-Gilchrist pounced to make it 5-1 midway through the half.
Leigh-Gilchrist completed a brilliant hat-trick in the 77th minute when he went past a defender on the edge of the box before smashing the ball past Hallett to make it 6-1.
Substitute Stuart Tovey did really well to chase down a ball with 5 minutes remaining, crossing for Leigh-Gilchrist to slot home his fourth and Manor Farm’s seventh to set up a Preliminary Round tie away at Sholing.
STAR MAN (Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist, Bristol Manor Farm)
Tiverton Town 2 Bristol Manor Farm 4
In a famous cup upset Bristol Manor Farm propelled themselves into the hat for the 3rd Qualifying Round draw of this season’s FA Cup, equalling their best ever run in the competition (set when they reached the same stage last year) with a dam-busting performance at the Ian Moorhouse Stadium on Saturday. Tiverton started the day as favourites in this tie, having squeezed past Merthyr Tydfil 1-0 in midweek and up to second position in the Southern League Premier Division – a full 38 league placing’s ahead of their Division One visitors. The form books however were ripped to shreds well inside ten minutes after a blitzkrieg opening by Manor Farm. From Tiverton’s own kick-off the ball was intercepted by Jamie Bird coming inside off the left wing and nudged back to central midfielder Jamie Adams. Adams looked up before sending a long, arcing pass out to the feet of Jordan Rogers on the left wing. The Farm number 9 faced up his full-back, Jordan Bentley, passed him on the outside with ease and whipped a dangerous ball low across the six-yard box which Lewis Bamford, arriving at the far post, struck home gleefully from close range. Fifteen seconds played, Manor Farm 1-0 up. Farm sustained the attack on their shell-shocked hosts when Bamford broke up a Tiverton move inside his own half and set off, at speed, on a deep, mazy dribble into opposition territory. Bird drew a Yellow’s defender with a great diagonal run ahead of Bamford who was then able to feed Rogers in another good position on the left hand edge of the box. Rogers turned Bentley again before drilling a firm, low shot to the near post which goalkeeper Lewis Williams did well to hack clear with his feet. With just about an entire football match still to play, the Tivvy faithful might not have been too worried by this early Farm onslaught, but just six minutes-in their worst fears of a potential upset were confirmed when Bird rifled the visitors into a 2-0 lead. A Jordan Metters corner was swung in from the right to the back stick where Lloyd Mills rose highest in a crowd of players to head the ball back goalwards. Tiverton skipper River Allen could only half-clear with a header and when the ball fell to the edge of the penalty area, Bird was on to it quickly, flashing a low, fierce drive past Williams. Amidst some ecstatic scenes amongst the visiting fans a wise voice was heard to say “there’s still a long way to go, yet…” and so it proved to be as play began to swing to and fro and pretty much end-to-end for the rest of this entertaining cup-tie. Either side of the ten-minute mark the home side had chances to draw level. Firstly, centre-forward Jared Lewington was put through to place a good low shot wide of Farm ‘keeper Ben John who did exceptionally well to get a hand to the fizzing ball and divert it wide of the post for a corner. Then, winger Jordan Bastin cut dangerously into the box on the left but could only shoot into the side-netting. For the ‘Farm, another attacking run by Bamford saw the ball fall for Metters who switched play instantly with a beaut of a ball to Rogers on the left, this time cutting back across three defenders before blazing over the bar. The Farm centre-forward continued to torment, turning left and then right on the edge of the box before striking a shot off the foot of the far upright. Both Bamford for the ‘Farm and Josh Key for the hosts hit shots over the bar either side of the 30-minute mark and as the half entered it’s final fifteen minutes it was Tiverton who had the best of the game. They got a foothold back in the tie in the 35th minute when Key robbed the ball off Bird twenty-five yards out from goal and hit a sweet strike over John’s leaping dive and into the net. With hope anew, Tiverton threatened again late in the half when Allen got to the byline but his cross-shot failed to find a finish and Lewington saw a looped header bounce up off the crossbar deep into injury time. 2-1 Farm at the break and time for everyone to draw a breath. Only just. Bamford flew out of the traps from Farm’s restart of the game, going past players at pace before bringing a good diving save out of Williams with a stinging drive barely five seconds into the half. Bird then gave himself a sighter – curling a dangerous whipped effort just over the bar after another marauding run and pass from Bamford. With Manor Farm re-asserting their grip on the tie it was Bird again with a similar, but this time perfect, effort that gave the visitors back a deserved two-goal cushion in the 52nd minute. A deep Metters corner was bundled to the feet of Josh Nelmes who laid the ball up for Bird, the ‘Farm striker taking a quick set-touch before curling the ball beautifully with his right foot past Williams and inside the far post. Tiverton’s Bastin almost hit back immediately, swivelling in the box before slamming just high and over but minutes later up the other end it was Bamford and Bird combining skilfully again for the ‘Farm, setting-up substitute Joe Tumelty to curl narrowly wide in pursuit of a duplicate to Bird’s second goal. It was Farm’s second substitute Joe McClennan’s turn to swivel minutes later, turning on a midfield sixpence before spraying a peach of a ball into the path of Bamford’s run forward down the right. Bamford looked sure to score but instead brought a fine block from Williams. There was some great collective backs-to-the-wall defending by goal-keeper John and his Manor Farm defence in the 67th minute as Tiverton piled on some pressure but five minutes later the Yellow’s made the game 2-3 when full back Jordan Dyer got a decisive head to Allen’s free-kick. However, it was Manor Farm who didn’t have to wait too long to restore their two-goal advantage in this see-saw second half. Minutes later, a long John goal-kick was nodded on for Tumelty to chase but the defender looked to have had it covered until a horrible mix-up with Williams allowed Tumelty in to advance and knock the ball into an empty net. Cue delirium in the Manor Farm ranks. And rightly so. With Lewington screwing narrowly wide for the Yellow’s there was still some spirited defensive play required by The Portwaymen as they attempted to close the tie out – John saving smartly twice and Adams clearing danger as Tiverton sought desperately for salvage, but when the referee finally blew for full-time there were few in the ground who could have argued with the result. This was another fantastic all-round display by Lee Lashenko’s men that already equals their best run in a competition they’re beginning to revel in. Roll on the draw, Monday lunchtime. STAR MAN (Lewis Bamford, Bristol Manor Farm)
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