Bristol Manor Farm returned to winning ways in emphatic style as they scored four against a hapless Highworth side, writes Jack Davies.
Farm’s home form had been perfect since the turn of the year and they started brightly here. Jake Gosling, who was sorely missed last week, cut inside a pair of challenges before forcing a smart save from visiting keeper Connor Johns. From the resuming corner Farm would find the breakthrough. Lucas Vowles had done everything but score since his loan return last month, but he got off the mark after five minutes heading home following some pinball on the goal line.
Johns then almost gifted Farm a second. His loose pass was seized upon by Vowles before the striker turned and teed up Gosling, who fired just wide.
Johns first half wasn’t getting any better, he spilled Mike Bryant’s long range effort and Vowles nicked in before him on the rebound. Despite stonewall contact between the keepers hand and the strikers leg, no penalty was given.
Farm’s front four were giving the Worthians a torrid time. Bament, Nielsen, Gosling and Vowles all combined with Gosling seeing his effort saved and Vowles only able to poke the ball just over.
Gosling then forced a fine defensive challenge from Matt Cheetham as his low cross looked set to be finished by Ben Bament.
Farm’s first half dominance was rewarded by a second after half an hour. Vowles’ touch and turn set him to find Nielsen whose cross shot was parried by Johns and Lloyd Mills fired home at the back post.
Farm would have further chances before the break. Bament collected from Nielsen and stung Johns’ palms before Nielsen himself drove past two challenges and shot just wide.
Highworth had more of the ball in the early stages of the second half but failed to trouble Ben John in the home goal. Their only real chance falling to Dan Drewett, but he placed wide from just outside the box.
Nielsen remained bright as the half wore on. He drove forward again and his perfect cross was headed just wide by Bament.
Gosling was next to try his luck, a pair of neat one touch passes were shared by Nielsen and Vowles before the Gibraltan bent his effort just wide.
Farm would add gloss to a superb performance in the final 5 minutes. The third goal came through more brilliance by the irrepressible Nielsen. He collected from Gosling, dropped his shoulder inside before unleashing an arrow from 25 yards that nestled in the far corner.
Nielsen wasn’t done there either. In the final minute, he evaded several challenges before his cute pass found substitute Dean Stamp. The striker smashing home, as he always seems to when in the squad, to make it four goals and three big points for Farm.
STAR MAN, Sam Boulton.