After a battling performance against AFC Totton last weekend, Bristol Manor Farm fell to a 3-1 defeat against Melksham Town on Saturday afternoon, writes Jack Davies.
Town scored three goals and collected all three points as they made the most of a miserable Farm performance. The early season form book suggested Farm would start the stronger, but it was the visitors who had much of the early going.
Jay Malshanskyj’s busy afternoon started with with a good strike that was well saved by Ben John.
Manor Farm’s first chance came after some good hold up work from Howe leading to Jamie Short lifting a volley just over.
Lloyd Mills had a penalty shout waved away before the visitors took the lead, Albert Hopkins allowed ample time and several touches before he unleashed a rocket into the far top corner.
Farm’s only real shining light of the afternoon was their equaliser just minutes later. Kyle Tooze impressive early season form had deserved a first goal for the big man and it arrived in sensational style. The ball dropping to the edge of the area and his stunning volley dipped in the very top corner.
Far from being the turning point, Melksham regained most of the general play and Malshanskyj was involved once more after half an hour, collecting a very clever pass from Jake Mawford but John was there again.
Two more chances came and went for the visitors before the break, first Farm substitute Ben Courtier was alert enough to steer a low cross wide and then Vaughan Covil somehow put the ball wide from about two yards.
Farm didn’t improve much in the second-half but did have the first chance of it, Courtier with a fantastic tackle and pass to set Owen Howe away but his shot missed the target.
Melksham were created the better chances and unsurprisingly Malshanskyj was involved in most, first seeing his goalbound effort well blocked by Sam Boulton and then slipping Luke Ballinger in but his effort was also blocked smartly by the Farm Centre back.
Melksham and Malshanskyj’s efforts would be rewarded midway through the second half, Hopkins turning provider and his low ball in was swept home by the aforementioned Malshanskyj.
Farm would have a few chances to earn a result, first Boulton lashed wide following a flap by keeper Matthew Hall and then Short played Howe in on the left but Hall showed much stronger wrists to palm the effort over.
The result was left in no doubt after a miserable minute for Farm. First Kingdon’s long throw led to Josh Ford only able to fire wide from a few yards out and then Malshanskyj completed his fine afternoon. Played through on the break and his pace and compsure resulted in a resounding finish for his second and the away side’s third.
For Bristol Manor Farm, attention turns to Willand Rovers and Evesham to start a busy seven day period. You can watch Manager Lee Lashenko’s post match reaction online HERE.