Bristol Manor Farm 3 Westfields 2

Westfields may have given a league advantage to Farm but the former Fa Cup first rounders more than played their part as Farm ran out eventual winners on a windy night at the Creek

Farm have developed a habit of early goals during pre-season and this was no exception. Lucas Vowles capitalised on some hesitant defending and found Jamie Bird who converted on the slide after just 3 minutes. Westfields rallied after the early set back, Umar Basit’s deflected shot went narrowly over and from the resulting corner, the ball somehow found his way in the Farm net.. give the assist to storm Francis! Westfields nearly went ahead 5 minutes later, the ever dangerous Basit was played through but was denied by the on-rushing Ben John. Karim Park was next to try his luck, found with a perfect cross-field pass, his low drive beat John, but also his right hand post. Farm gained a measure of control after half an hour, captain Jay Adams struck from 30 yards and visiting keeper Steve Sarkodie pushed wide at full stretch. Farm would go into the break ahead however, as Bird turned provider – his perfect through-ball found Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist, who cooly tucked home to continue his fine pre-season form.

Westfields came out invigorated after the break, and Emmanual Bam was played through inside a minute but was beaten by his own feet as he tripped himself in the box. The equaliser did come a few minutes later, Richard Reeves latched onto a ball, rounded John and kept his composure to finish. Farm, looking to take the lead for a third time, were right back on the attack. The ever impressive Evander Grubb was tormenting the visitors, and he teed up Adams for a shot that was well blocked. After an hour, substitute Mason Winter’s superb cross was emphatically met on the volley by Leigh-Gilchrist but went agonisingly wide. The forward then did complete his brace in truly magestic style. Collecting from Bird, he skipped by one defender, left another sprawling on the floor, before beautifully steering in with the outside of his right foot. Farm would push for the safety of a two goal lead but chances for Lewis’ hattrick and a goal for Bryant came and went before home stopper John made a couple of late routine saves to preserve the win

Star man – Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist