Bristol Manor Farm stretch their unbeaten run to six matches following a 1-0 home win against Sholing FC on Saturday afternoon, writes Jack Davies.
The visitors still had an outside chance of sneaking a play off spot despite inconsistent recent form and started on the front foot. Their first chance came via a Ryan Cluett free kick but striker Dan Mason could only head over.
Mason then turned provider as his clever pass set Fatah Makhloufi away but he was denied by Ben John.
Farm created a few half chances before being gifted the lead. A wayward pass by Brad Targett found the space between his two centre backs and Farm’s Kye Simpson pounced and passed the ball emphatically into the net.
Farm probed for a second before the break. Jake Gosling’s deflected cross almost fell invitingly for Ben Bament but Sholing keeper Luke Deacon gathered well.
Farm had the first chance of the second period and beautifully crafted it was too. Simpson and Bament exchanged neat flicks before the former smashed over from just inside the area.
Sholing were struggling to break down a stubborn home defence with most of their chances coming from set peices. Another deep free kick was headed over by Bryon Mason.
Farm carried a threat on the counter despite seeing less of the ball. Skipper Aron Robbins did superbly to steal possession and find Gosling, who’s low cross was just hacked clear by Dan Miller.
Gosling’s next contribution was a trademark devilish corner but Josh Ford could only head wide.
The game’s two final chances really ought to have been taken. Sholing broke down the right and Brad Targett’s cross found Mason for what looked a certain goal. Home stopper Ben John made a superb close range save, certainly not his first of those this season.
Farm’s final chance fell to the eventual match winner but it wasn’t one he’ll want to see back. Gosling robbed Miller and he picked out Simpson just 7 yards out, but the forward placed wide.
John would make one final save before the ref called time. Farm had made it four wins in a row and kept up their 100% home record since the turn of the year.
STAR MAN, Aron Robbins.