Bristol Manor Farm’s GFA Senior Challenge Cup campaign was cut short after just one match when they were comfortably beaten 4-0 by rivals Mangotsfield United at The Creek. Matchday Reporter Jack Davies was on-hand to cover the action-packed fixture.
After a poor start to their league campaign, Tuesday night’s cup fixture at The Creek came as a welcome distraction for visiting Mangotsfield. Tabu Minzamba came agonisingly close to opening the scoring when the forward latched onto a loose ball and forced a fantastic reaction save from Ben John inside 15 seconds.
When Minzamba did beat John just minutes later, Stuart Tovey was on hand to head the ball off the line.
Bristol Manor Farm’s first effort came through skipper Aron Robbins. The full back neatly made himself a yard of space, but his low shot was gathered comfortably by Jakob Glover.
The Portwaymen would eventually be punished for their poor start when Mangotsfield opened the scoring after 23 minutes. Joe Cattermole’s clever pass caught a ball-watching home defence out and Kye Simpson rolled the ball past John.
The game’s defining moment, however, came just two minutes later. Kyle Tooze was given his marching orders for a dangerous lunge on Glover as the two chased a loose ball forward.
The visitors looked to press home the advantage early, Wayne Nderemani played through but his effort was wildly off target.
Simpson would get his, and his team’s, second after 40 minutes. Again, the striker was allowed far too much time to cut inside and his left footed effort nestled in the corner.
Mangotsfield made it three on the half time whistle. Minzamba’s effort seemingly evaded everyone before nestling in the Farm net.
Lee Lashenko’s Manor Farm came out far better in second-half, and enjoyed the majority of the early exchanges despite having a man down.
Owen Howe had the half’s first chance, muscling his way to goal before his effort lacked the composure required.
Ben Bament also had an effort fly just over the bar before Mangotsfield did get the fourth and final goal of the tie. Two players denied by fine saves from John before Cattermole’s near post drive found its way past the home keeper.
Bristol Manor Farm will now turn their attention to Saturday, where they travel to Winchester City F.C. for Matchday 15 in the Southern League Division One South. The club will be running a coach from The Creek priced at £10 per person. Contact Club Secretary Rachael on 07767 633549 or email@example.com