Bristol Manor Farm couldn’t find the elusive home goal as they made it consecutive goalless draws at The Creek, writes Jack Davies.
Manor Farm had the majority of possession in the opening exchanges with winger Jake Gosling dictating most of the play. Firstly, he played a clever one two with Mike Bryant before forcing a save by Nick Jones before the pair repeated the trick minutes later but the latest Gosling effort drifted wide.
The move of the match almost resulted in the opener on the half hour. Gosling again cutting inside and his pass to Ben Bament was met by the strikers exquisite flick to send Tooze away. The striker evaded the challenge of Dion Molyneux but was denied at close range by Jones.
Jones then had to be alert again, his initial spillage dropped to Bament but the keeper got up quick to deny the strikers fierce volley.
Cinderford did carry a threat on the counter despite the lack of possession, Owen Taylor able to cut inside unchallenged but his shot was tame.
Gosling would also be involved in the final two chances of the half. His clever reverse pass played Tooze in again before his shot climbed just over, before Gosling took the effort on himself in added time, Jones couldn’t hold on but did push it safely wide.
Cinderford started the second-half as well as the first Ben Brooks heading what looked a very presentable chance just over in the first few minutes.
Gosling inevitably created Farm’s first second-half chance, making himself a yard before crossing to Jayden Nielson, who couldn’t climb high enough to get a solid connection.
Farm were pushing hard but did need the services of centre back Josh Ford. A rare charge forward by the visitors led to Brooks steering a back post effort across goal but the big defender was on hand to hack the ball away.
Mike Bryant then had two big chances to end Farm’s baron home run. He reacted well to a loose ball in the box but could only smash directly at Jones before he was on the end of a clever Nielson ball across, lost his footing at the crucial moment and could only watch his second effort in as many minutes, go wide.
Bament forced another clever save by Jones before Cinderford resorted to an attempt of the spectacular in the games final chance, Lewis Spurrier trying his luck from fully 50 yards but the effort went narrowly over.
Attention turns to a trip to rivals Mangotsfield on Monday 27 December for another pivotal match in our 2021/22 Pitching-In Southern League campaign. In the wake of the game, https://www.bristolmanorfarm.com/ will be the place to go with a full report, reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.