The proverbial phrase ‘a game of two halves’ perfectly summed up the pre-season action that took place at The Creek between Bristol Manor Farm and Roman Glass on Thursday evening. The visitors struck three times in the second period to win the match 2-3, leaving the Farm to rue missed chances.
Fresh off the back of their 5-0 rout of Bishop Sutton on Tuesday night, Farm were very much looking for the same again when Glass visited the Portway. Ben Bament got the match off to a flying start when he notched in the match’s opener. A lovely sweeping pass from Evander found the feet of Bament who made no mistake from close range.
With the wind in their sales, Farm quickly went two ahead via a spot kick from the talismanic Jake Gosling. Marcus Day drove into the area after recovering from an initial tackle, but the winger was hurled to the floor leaving Oliver Taylor no choice but to award the penalty. Gosling duly stepped up and powered the strike into the top right corner – despite a strong hand from Ross Grimshaw.
The visitors showed glimpses in the first half, through chances via Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist and Shaquille Smith, but the match certainly seemed far too comfortable for Manor Farm.
In the second period, Mills and Robbins rose the highest from set pieces but couldn’t add to the match’s scoreline.
Glass broke forward in the 61st minute and clawed themselves a goal back through Myles Ferguson. The fullback got the better of Farm’s right side, and his looping effort too fooled Shay Allen in the Farm goal. 2-1.
Substitutes Kye Simpson and Jayden Nielsen impressed when they came on, linking up well with Gosling, Day, and Grubb as they searched for a third. Grubb’s strike from the left kindly fell to Simpson’s head, but the striker could only head over from the back post.
Roman Glass continued to press and deservedly drew level through Smith. The ball split the Farm defence in two, and Smith rounded Allen to tap home.
The turnaround was completed in 87th minute as Roman Glass scored once again through the tireless Smith, leaving Farm bewildered that the match slipped through their fingers. With the club’s pre-season match against Thatcham cancelled on Saturday, attention turns to Chertsey at home on August 6 at The Creek.