Bristol Manor Farm cruised to the First Qualifying Round of the 2023/24 Emirates FA Cup on Saturday afternoon after defeating neighbours Roman Glass St. George by four goals, writes Jack Davies.
In what was dubbed as ‘El Glassico’ before the match, the neighbourly-affair was always likely to have a bright opening at The Creek. Having been the hero from Tuesday’s draw at Bideford, Jayden Nielsen danced through the Glass defence before forcing a smart save from keeper Josh Dempsey. That Farm pressure kept coming though, this time from a pair of corners. The first swirled close to Dempsey who palmed the ball out for another before the second was headed just wide by Josh Ford. The majority of Bristol Manor Farm’s chances naturally came from their attacking foray, but it was the young defender, Harry Lucas, who put them in front. Nielsen’s corner was headed back across the face of goal by Josh Ford, and up popped Harry Lucas to become Farm’s third defensive goal scorer in the two rounds of this competition so far. From then on it was largely the Owen Brain show. The striker already had three for the club so far this season and he made it four on the half hour mark. Glass struggled to clear after good Farm pressure and once he beat his man for pace on the right, Brain drilled the ball into the far corner to double the lead despite a strong hand from Dempsey. The tie was virtually put to bed just before the interval when Brain grabbed his second of the afternoon – and what a goal it was. The prolific forward shifted the ball onto his right foot and sent an absolute rocket past Dempsey. Rather harshly, Glass’ first half went from bad to worse just before the whistle. Conor Hartley was handed a first career red card when he put in a late challenge on Lucas. The foul was no worse than previous challenges that either side had put in, but referee Joshua Gordon thought otherwise.