MATCH REPORT: Malvern Town (H)

After defeating Malvern Town at the NL Services Stadium, Bristol Manor Farm secured back-to-back league victories, writes writes Jack Davies.

Farm had spent a month on the road, including that huge win away to Bashley last week and got the perfect welcome home present 15 minutes in. Ben Bament celebrating his return to the starting 11 as expertly lifted the ball over a defender before cooling finishing to give Farm the lead. Farm controlled much of the opening exchanges and were looking to double that lead early. Bament had another effort that flashed just wide before Owen Brain drove a shot that visiting keeper Archie Burford, just about parried onto the woodwork. Malvern would have a golden chance to equalise on the half hour, as they were awarded a penalty. Matt Turner stepped up but home keeper Seth Locke, who had saved an incredible three penalties in a recent cup shootout, was it again to save brilliantly. That penalty stop was further rewarded just a few minutes later. Owen Brain robbed the ball high up and his composed finish double his sides lead and saw him notch up his 10th of the season. Farm would put the result beyond doubt just before the break. Captain Lloyd Mills has been scoring goals for Farm for 10 seasons and early signs show this could be one of his most prolific yet. The midfielder’s bullet of a diving header nestled in the far corner for his second of the season and second is as many home league games.

Ben Bament opened the match’s scoring. Alex Barnham Photography ©

The second half lacked the goalmouth action of the first as Farm stayed resolute to take the sting of any potential Malvern comeback. Substitute Josh Ford had a header well saved by Burford before Ben Bament was bundled over before he could get his shot away inside the area. Malvern top scorer Jack Watts had the Hillsiders first meaningful attack of the second half, but the forwards shot was superbly blocked by Ollie Woodhouse. Malvern would get a goal back and spoil a perfect day for their hosts. Good work on the break from Curtis Smith and Joe Bullock finished smartly for the consultation.