Bristol Manor Farm were unable to capitalise on a largely dominant performance as they were held to a stalemate by Slimbridge, writes Jack Davies.The Portwaymen had the luxury of a rare 13 day break, and started like a team well refreshed. Mason Winter’s early delivery was lashed over by Kyle Tooze after just a minute.
The visitors first and only real chance of the first half came and went for striker Will Hawes, as he fired over from the edge of the area.
Farm kept coming and perhaps should have led via their first set peice. Gosling’s delivery was headed down by Steve Kingdon and Mike Bryant’s low shot lacked the power necessary.
Skipper Aron Robbins would come the closest to opening the scoring, heading another Gosling cross on to the top of the crossbar.
In a game littered with extremely contentious officiating, the key incident happened on the half hour. Ben Bament slipped through by Tooze before being clattered from behind as he set to shoot, nothing given.
Even when Farm did put the ball away they still didn’t get a deserved lead, Kyle Tooze collecting superbly from a Bament flick but his celebrations were cut short by a very late offside flag.Slimbridge would be forced to soak up much more pressure but not before they missed a gilt-edged chance just after the break. A good counter, led by William Hawes, was initially halted by a Ben John tackle and as the ball rebounded to Myron Turner John came up trumps once again to keep the scores level.
Farm would then have succesful forrays deep in the Slimbridge area but Gosling and Tooze had their respective low crosses steered behind by defender Nathan Dennis.
The best chance of the second half came after a wonderful flowing move. Gosling’s deft flick through found Tooze, he found the overlapping Jamie Short who’s low effort was saved and Bament’s header on the follow up trickled agonisingly wide.
Defender Josh Ford then had two chances to add to his three goals already this season, but he could head over on the both occasions he rose highest from Gosling corners.
Farm’s final two chances were always missed in a day to forget for the hosts, Bryant headed just wide before Bament’s own later nestled into the hands of visiting keeper Lewis Adams.
STAR MAN, Jake Gosling.