MATCH REPORT: Bristol Manor Farm 1-3 Evesham United

Manor Farm’s recent resurgence was ended by a clinical play-off chasing Evesham in the last home game of the season, writes Jack Davies.

Farm had been excellent in the last two games to keep their survival hopes alive and did start the brighter in a first half of admittedly very few chances. Jake Gosling spread to Evander Grubb whose low cross was just turned wide of his own goal by visiting defender Michael O’Regan. A large part of Farm’s troubling season has been the ease in which they’ve given away goals and that was compounded on the half hour. The ball was lost in midfield and Alfie Dunn got the better of Steve Kingdon and whether deliberate or not, chipped the ball over Ben John to give the visitors the lead against the run of play. The lively Ben Bament had the final chance of a cagey first half, drilling an effort which Evesham keeper held well.

A carbon copy start to the second half all but ended the contest. Heavy Farm pressure early on with Nielsen forcing a smart save from the keeper before Farm were again caught in transition. Another errant pass in midfield saw Evesham break and Alfie Dunn squared to Kyle Belmonte for a simple finish to double the lead. Farm pushed hard for a route back in but were very susceptible to the counter. Bament flashed another effort just wide, and Grubb’s attempted overhead was claimed easily by the keeper. Evesham added even more gloss late on in another goal Farm won’t want to see again. Another turnover saw a long ball find Belmonte on the counter and he drove his effort in at the near post. Farm would have one goal to show for their efforts late on as they rallied despite the disappointment. Grubb getting his third in three games as he swept home late in additional time.