Bristol Manor Farm will count themselves unlucky in suffering their first defeat in three games on a tempestuous afternoon at The Creek. The visitors AFC Totton, by contrast, just about held on in the face of a gale and a determined Manor Farm comeback to secure their own first win in three – making it four wins out of four Southern League meetings between the two teams.
A largely uneventful first half in which neither keeper was really tested hinged on the games opening goal after 20 minutes. With the Manor Farm back four appealing for offside, Totton striker Craig Feeney was able to race clear and poke the ball cleverly over the advancing Ben John. The goal settled the visitors but clearly rattled the hosts.
Totton started the second half well and extended their lead on the hour mark following a foul by Ben John for which the ‘keeper received a yellow card. Justin Bennett stepped up to send him the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Despite going down to ten men shortly afterwards following a straight red for Aron Robbins, Manor Farm actually played the best football of the game as they desperately sought a goal back.
The home side were rewarded on 73 minutes when Jay Adams sent a ball into the box from the right flank that Owen Howe met sweetly first-time with an on-the-turn half-volley– whipping the ball into the top corner off the inside of the near post.
Manor Farm’s pressure was relentless in pursuit of a leveller but Totton ‘keeper Shane Murphy was in good form.
Lewis Bamford and Owen Howe both had chances in the later stages but in the 86th minute Murphy as good as secured his team’s much-needed win, turning behind a well-placed Jamie Bird free kick taken from a central position just outside the box.
STAR MAN (Ashley Kington, Bristol Manor Farm)