Bristol Manor Farm held runaway league leaders Sholing to a 1-1 draw in a highly entertaining affair at The BS3 Services Stadium on Saturday afternoon, writes Jack Davies.
Lee Lashenko’s men have been in great form heading into the match, and were determined to ‘get after their visitors early on’. Lloyd Mills created the game’s first chance, stealing the ball and setting an attack which resulted in a low Marcus Day effort being saved by Ryan Gosney. Manor Farm would capitalise on their fine start inside the first 10 minutes. Sholing failed to properly clear a corner and man of the moment Owen Howe lashed in his 6th goal in 5 games to give his side the lead. Sholing snapped into life following the setback and reaped their own reward for their pressure in some style. Dan Mason chested down for Brad Targett who fired his volley into the top corner. Both sides were attacking in free flow for the rest of the half. Mason forced a save from Ben John before Josh Ford came inches from connecting from a deep Farm corner.
The second half was just as frantic in the middle of the pitch but both clubs struggled to create a clear-cut chance. Mason hit another shot which just trickled wide for Sholing and their keeper Gosney had to react well to stop Howe from getting a tap in at the back post. The game’s final chance fell to Farm with seconds to spare and it was a pretty glaring one. George Fowler, whose efforts both today and in recent games deserved a goal, blazed a chance inside the Sholing area following some tenacious play from substitute Evander Grubb.
STAR MAN – Jayden Nielsen.