MATCH REPORT: Bristol Manor Farm 0-2 Bideford AFC

Bristol Manor Farm were unable to capitalise on last week’s big win as they were defeated 2-0 at home to Bideford AFC, writes Jack Davies.

The Portwaymen started on the front foot with centre back Josh Ford having the game’s first two chances. First he met Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist’s swinging free kick with a header that flashed across goal and then he flicked a header across goal which hit the unfortunate Mike Bryant before it was hacked away.

Bideford would take the lead with their first real attack. Matt Buchan allowed ample time to cross and the unmarked Rubin Wilson had the simplest of tasks to head home from close range. Farm would have a few half chances before the break, Jayden Nielson had a shot well blocked before Mason Winter crossed for Mike Bryant, who headed just wide.

Despite Farm’s strong start to the second half they always looked susceptible to the visitors counter. Jack Calver breached the Farm backline before his fierce drive was well saved by Ben John.

The hosts’ first chance post break came following the move of the match so far, Nielson and Bryant combining well before the former dragged his shot wide. Owen Howe was next to try to grab what was looking a likely equaliser, he swivelled on the half-volley following some penalty box pinball but Adam Seedhouse-Evans was equal to it.

The keeper was at it again a few minutes later, Leigh-Gilchrist with a superb deep corner and Steve Kingdon rose highest to win his header before seeing it well saved. Despite waves of pressure, Farm were punished on the break.

The home side wasted a promising attack of their own before Carver led the charge and timed his pass superbly to Buchan, who finished calmly and effectively ended the contest.

Howe was leading a one man charge to attempt to get Farm a foothold late on, he connected with two good headers, the first was held by Seedhouse-Evans before the second clipped the top of the crossbar. The striker also looked to have more than a decent claim for a penalty waved away, finding his feet slid out from under him as he shaped to shoot in the box. Howe would have another header drift just wide before Seedhouse-Evans had the final say, saving smartly from Bryant’s low drive in injury time.