MATCH REPORT: Bristol Manor Farm 1-1 Larkhall Athletic

Manor Farm were made to pay for not killing the game as Larkhall take a share of the spoils.

Farm controlled the majority of the first half and could have led inside the first minute. Jayden Nielsen and Marcus Day combined well down the right before Lloyd Mills drove a shot that was well blocked. Farm would lead inside the first half hour through their first goal from open play this season. Evander Grubb collected out wide and his chipped effort looped over James Walker and nestled in for 1-0. Farm pushed hard to kill the game early. Gosling sent an excellent free kick which just evaded both Steve Kingdon and Aron Robbins, who were steaming in to attack the ball. The best chance to double the lead came late in the half. Gosling and Day linking down the left and the former saw his effort brilliantly saved by Walker.

Larkhall got themselves going after the break and could have equalised almost instantly. A long ball caught the backline out but Robbins recovered superbly to deny Brad Norris. More brilliant work by Gosling and Day saw another chance go begging. This time Day collected from his teammate but Walker was there again. The Larks then missed a very presentable double chance on the hour. Wayne Nderemani forces a good save by Ben John and Carlo Garside somehow placed the rebound wide. Farm could sense the urgency in the away side and began to press harder for a second. Mills headed another Gosling corner just wide before former Farm man Sam Boulton was grateful to see his backwards header narrowly avoid beating his own goalkeeper. Larkhall pressed on after weathering that storm. More good work down their left saw a cross fall to Norris just yards out but Nielsen did brilliantly to divert his effort wide. Farm didn’t heed their warnings and were pegged back late on. From failing to winning a second ball inside the Larkhall earlier, to former Farmer Shea Bennington-Mannings curling home just 20 seconds later. Farm would have the final chance to take all 3 points. Marcus Day collected a long ball neatly before stepping inside 2, but firing just wide.