Manor Farm score four away from home in one of the games of the season against Bishop’s Cleeve, writes Jack Davies.
Farm started the brighter as they looked to end their recent losing run. Captain Lloyd Mills hit a shot just over before Ben Bament swivelled and fired just wide in the opening 15 minutes. The returning Bament scored in his first start last week and he was at it again after 20 minutes. George Fowler broke forward for Farm before releasing the striker, who slotted past Clayton to make it 1-0. Cleeve had a great chance to hit back immediately as Langworth connected with a bullet header by the flying Ben John denied him. Farm doubled their lead from the penalty spot. Jayden Nielsen’s tricky feet were too quick for the Cleeve defence and Owen Howe smashed the resulting penalty home. Farm’s incredibly clinical first half continued as they scored an incredible third in 13 minutes. Harry Lucas led the counter and he played Bament in again and the striker lifted a beautiful finish for his third in two games. Cleeve rallied before the break and did get a goal before the whistle. Haskayne freed himself at the back post and he was quickest to react after a low effort was saved by John.
The home side dominated large spells of the second half, Haskayne and Vaughn had efforts well saved before George Box’s goal was ruled out for offside. Box would get his goal to really put the game in the balance with 20 minutes to play. Good work by Isaac Peirce saw him send a ball across and box bundled in for 3-2. Wave of attacks followed before a managerial masterstroke ended the contest. Luca Ponsillo, barely a minute after coming on, seized on an under hit back pass and rounded Clayton for a simple finish. Buoyed by a two-goal cushion Farm stepped up and defended stoutly before man of the match keeper Ben John made another outstanding double save late on.
STAR MAN – Ben John