It was back-to-back victories for Bristol Manor Farm as they triumphed 3-1 away at Tavistock on Wednesday evening, writes William Ledbury.
The match got off to a great start in South Devon when the Farmers took an early lead in the eighth minute. Marcus Day was brought down 18 yards from the Tavistock goal, and the resulting kick was lofted into Owen Howe who powerfully volleyed past Joshua Oak to open the scoring. Tavistock came close in the 15th minute when the ball was allowed to roam inside the area, but Steve Kingdon did exceptionally well under pressure to clear the danger. The next chance fell to the hosts again when Joe O’Conner’s free-kick sailed narrowly over Ben John’s goal. The turning point of the half came in the 38th minute when Tavistock were given a spot-kick following an extremely harsh decision from the evening’s officials. Liam Prynn stepped up and smashed the ball past John to level the scores right on the edge of halftime.
Despite the flared tempers during the interval, Manor Farm’s spirit wasn’t to be dampened as Howe restored the club’s lead with an absolute barnstormer. Making his first start for the first-team, exciting young forward Luco Ponsillo found Howe who struck the ball from more than 25 yards into the back of the net – giving no chance to Oak in the Tavistock net. Two quickly became three in the 68th minute when Evander Grubb skipped past the home defence and gracefully chipped the ball past Oak to extend the lead. The Farm’s backline was thrown everything Tavistock had, but everyone in a blue shirt did a superb job to see the game out. A special mention for Luco Ponsillo who capped his first start for the club with a Man of the Match performance – running his socks off all evening.
STAR MAN – Luco Ponsillo.