MATCH REPORT: Bridgwater United 4-3 Bristol Manor Farm

A game of two halves in Farm’s second friendly sees it end in defeat in an entertaining 7-goal match.

It started well for the visiting Farm as a spell of early pressure eventually led to the opener. A succession of corners came in and Luco Ponsillo swept a half-volley home at the back post. The set-play threat continued as Josh Ford doubled the lead. He leapt higher than everyone, including the home goalkeeper, and the ball found its way into the net.

The game calmed down a little after Farm’s early double in the opening 12 minutes but Farm managed the game well in a professional manner. The home side forced two good saves from Seth Locke before conceding again from a set piece just before the break. Ben Bament getting his second in as many games to send Farm into halftime with a 3-goal lead.

The opening goal of a crazy second half was through another set-piece, this time from the home side. A deft flick at the near post which nestled in the far corner in the 46th minute. This goal seemed to change the game and Bridgwater grew in confidence and moved to within a single goal before the hour mark, converting a penalty emphatically.

20 minutes into the half the comeback was complete. A good header down at the back post left a simple tap-in for the unmarked striker to level the scores. Bridgwater would go one better as their incredible second half was rewarded. A pass made it through the Farm back line and the ball was calmly finished underneath substitute keeper Frankie Phillips.

Following a difficult second half for the Farmers, attention now turns to a week of training followed by another trip on the road, this time to Bitton on Friday evening.