MATCH REPORT: Bristol Manor Farm 0-0 Bideford

Bideford leave the happier of the two teams as they survive a late Farm onslaught to take a share of the points, writes Jack Davies.

Both sides were keen to kick on from 2-1 defeats at the weekend the visitors had the game’s first chance. Lewis Wilson seized on a mix up at the back but could only fire over from the edge of the box.

Farm’s first chance, as did many during the game, fell to Marcus Day. The winger cut inside a few challenges before firing just wide at the near post.

Bideford once again came close following a mix up, this time an errant defensive header dropped to Javan Wright, but his volley was off target.

Joe Charles, the scorer of the Robins’ goal at the weekend came close to adding another but Steve Kingdon flew from nowhere to make a vital sliding block.

Farm took control after the half hour and did have the ball in the net. Day picked out Lloyd Mills at the back post and whilst his cut back was tucked in by Ben Bament, the flag was already up.

Day had the next chance, using Gosling’s clever decoy run, he cut inside and forced a save from Adam Seedhouse-Evans.

Bideford’s final chance of the half almost gave them the lead. Wright hit the crossbar from 20 yards before Wilson could only head the rebound at Ben John.

Farm would have more chance of a frantic first half. Day did superbly to close down a Bideford cross and he exchanged passes with Evander Grubb before forcing another save.

John made the first save of the second half too. Craig Duff met a Wright cross, but his header was well scouted.

Farm began to control as Bideford were forced to sit deeper. Mason Winter stole possession and found Gosling, who made himself half a yard but dragged his shot wide.

Another neat move gave Farm a presentable chance on the hour. Gosling, Bament and Owen Howe all involved before the latter’s flick to Day saw the winger drag another shot just wide.

Day would get one final chance to get on the score sheet as the time ticked past 80. He swiped at a bouncing ball just inside the area, but defender Ben Gerring diverted the ball wide.

Farm would have one final chance to grab all 3 points and it was perhaps the best chance of all.

Kye Simpson judged a bouncing ball far better than the visitors defence, but he fired wildly over on the half volley from just inside the area.