Bristol Manor Farm made it six wins in a row on Saturday afternoon, securing a comfortable 2-0 home win against Paulton Rovers, writes Jack Davies.
Farm started as the form suggested, Jake Gosling nicking the ball high and he fed Lucas Vowles, who was denied by visiting keeper Aaron Sainsbury. The keeper was then busy again a few minutes later. Gosling’s driven free-kick was met by Bryant’s header, but Sainsbury was equal to it.
Paulton’s first chance came down their left. Will Harvey crossed for Leighton Thomas but his header glanced wide.
Sainsbury was at it again after twenty minutes, saving brilliantly after Vowles had beaten two and fired towards goal.
Farm were deservedly ahead soon after. The in-form Jayden Nielsen skinned his man down the left and his near post cross was flicked delightfully home by the arriving Bryant – his second in as many games, having netted the winner last time out against Lymington.
The scorer almost turned provider after the half hour mark. Bryant’s one, two got Vowles in behind but he was once again denied by Sainsbury.
The striker was a constant thorn in Paulton’s side and once his persistence got him the wrong side of Neil Martin, the defender fouled him and the referee had little option but to award the penalty. Jake Gosling stepped up and left Sainsbury with absolutely no chance for 2-0.
It was almost three before the break, Gosling was played in by Bryant and his dinked effort beat Sainsbury but not the covering Martin. Paulton would have the first-half’s final chance. Some pinball saw the ball drop to Thomas but Steve Kingdon threw himself at the ball and got the block in.
Farm started in much the same vein as the second-half began. Aron Robbins flying forward before his cross was just taken off the head of the arriving Vowles.
Vowles then would get another big chance before the hour, Gosling’s neat turn and clever pass fed the striker but he was forced slightly off balance by defender Kyle Anderson and his shot rose over.
Paulton were seeing more of the ball but Farm limited them to very few chances. Alfie Clarke launched a rare attack and his cut back found Anderson but he fired over from just outside the area.
Vowles had done everything but score as he continued to be a menace. Another clever move involving Bryant and Gosling led to him getting in once more but his chipped finish cannoned off the face of Sainsbury and agonisingly away from Bryant who was arriving for a tap in.
Gosling then almost scored and created from successive free kicks. The first was hit from fully 30 yards and sailed just over before his second landed on the head of Josh Ford, who headed just wide.
The game’s final minute saw a special moment for manager Lee Lashenko and the club, as Regan Lashenko came on to make his competitive debut replacing the tireless Vowles.
STAR MAN, Jayden Nielsen.
Attention turns to Bideford AFC next Saturday, as the Farm look to make it seven consecutive league victories. There will be a supporters coach leaving The Creek at 10:30am, so please contact Rachael on 07767 633549 to avoid missing out.