MATCH REPORT: Bristol Manor Farm 2-0 Willand Rovers

A wonder goal by debutant Kye Simpson helped Farm on their way to a 2-0 win over Willand, writes Jack Davies.

Blustery conditions plagued the opening exchanges but Farm did fashion a few early chances. Jayden Nielsen weaved his way down the left and his set to Jake Gosling was fired just over by the Gibraltan.

Gosling would have another chance shortly after. A swift break involving Kye Simpson, Ben Bament and Lloyd Mills led to the latter playing Gosling in but once again he couldn’t find the target.

Willand rallied and had a few early chances of their own. Jack Veale smashed a free kick high and wide before William Richards’ mazy run was eventually stopped by defender Josh Ford.

Farm’s next chance came after another flowing move. Josh Ford’s 50 yard raking pass was perfect for Nielsen, who slipped Robbins in down the left but the skipper’s cross shot was cut out by Kieran Bailey.

Josh Ford met the resulting Gosling corner but he couldn’t keep his header down.

Farm would get the lead just before the break. Simpson rolled his man and drove into the Willand area, he cut it back to Gosling who finished neatly from the edge of the box.

Farm were determined to put the result beyond doubt early in the second half. Simpson was found beautifully by Mills in the early going but the strikers deflected shot trickled just wide.

Willand then missed a bit chance to level before the hour. A neat move down the left was played through to Richards whose lifted effort beat Ben John but rolled wide.

The moment of the game arrived just before the hour. Gosling’s cross looked too deep for Simpson before the big man watched the ball over his head and despite facing away from goal, produced an outstanding flick which lobbed visiting keeper George Burton and nestled for 2-0.

Mills was again chief creator after an hour. His crunching tackle saw him halt the Willand counter and he laid to Nielsen whose effort was off target.

Another fine move almost led to a Gosling brace. Simpson and Bament worked the ball brilliantly between them and Gosling’s effort looked certain to fly in before a crucial deflection.

Substitute Dean Stamp had the final two efforts of a pretty comfortable win for Farm. He met Mason Winter’s low cross and found the only spot on the line Burton could save from before he collected the proceeding throw in, span and fired a shot that, this time beat Burton, but cannoned off the far post and away to safety.

Fellow substitute Lucas Vowles looked through on goal in the final seconds but he lost his footing before the referee signalled for full time and Farm kept up their 100% home record in 2022.