MATCH REPORT: Bristol Manor Farm 3-0 Larkhall AFC

Bristol Manor Farm showed no sign of play-off nerves as they put Larkhall to the sword, winning 3-0 at the Creek writes Jack Davies.

A cagey opener saw limited chances at either end before Farm began to take control. Jake Gosling slipped the ball through a defenders legs in the games first incident before he was adjudged to be fouled just outside the box.

Gosling was involved again shortly after , playing a neat one two before setting Mason Winter away down the right. The full backs cross was a good one and Owen Howe headed just wide under pressure.

The first real effort on target came from direct from a free kick. Mike Bryant’s persistence saw him win the set peice and Gosling’s swinging effort was tipped wide by Shaun Semmens.

Farm were cranking up the pressure as the half wore on. Kye Simpson headed down from a raking diagonal by Josh Ford and Ben Bament was denied from close range by the flying Semmens in goal.

The opening goal came just before the break and was beautifully crafted. Winter snapped in to steal possession and send Gosling away down the right. The Gibraltan sold defender Tom Warren with a neat dummy and his blocked shot dropped perfectly for Howe, who made no mistake from 12 yards. 

Farm controlled the entire second-half and effectively put the result beyond doubt just minutes after the whistle. Howe collected well and despite Dean Stamp being unable to take the strikers flick into his stride, he laid it back for Winter who, via a deflection, netted his first of the season.

Another glorious move almost ended in a third just 50 minutes in. Stamp slid Simpson in and the striker unselfishly squared for Howe, who put the ball wide as he slid in at the back post.

The game’s second contentious moment saw Farm denied a third once more. Aron Robbins’ dangerous ball bounced through to Howe and his driven effort bounced off the underside of the bar. Despite the fans and forward’s protest that the ball had bounced over the line, the linesman waved played on.

The Gosling show continued after the hour. His corner was met by Howe who’s shot was blocked before Steve Kingdon lashed the rebound over.

Gosling then left another pair of defenders for dead down the Farm right and played Winter in again. The right back’s effort beat the keeper but defender Dale Evans slid the ball wide.

Ford and Howe headed just wide from consecutive corners from Gosling before Bryant found Semmens hands when he picked up the ball just outside the box.

Howe had another chance as the minutes ticked on. No surprise at who created it however, Gosling again leaving a defender sprawling before his pass was placed wide by the aforementioned Howe.

Farm would add some gloss that the performance fully merited. Robbins cannoned his defensive header to Stamp who swivelled and found Simpson. The striker didn’t have the finest angle to work with but finished superbly with his second touch to make it three.

Farm keep up their 100% home record in 2022 and go into the final day with it all in their hands.