10 man Bristol Manor Farm suffered a harsh, but heavy, defeat away to Winchester City on Saturday afternoon, writes Jack Davies.
Bristol Farm had a strong away record of late and started on the front foot, exciting debutant Jake Gosling cut inside after five minutes and forced a good save from Charlie Philpott before Mike Bryant’s deflected rebound bounced over the crossbar.
The hosts took the lead with their first attack, a neat passing move down the left ended with Ollie Griggs sweeping the ball in at the near post.
Farm didn’t let their heads drop and contained to create more chances, Bryant again denied by a superb block after good work by Gosling and Owen Howe.
Jamie Short was next to be denied, more good feet by Gosling saw him slip the forward in but his effort was also blocked.
Farm thought they’d have been awarded a penalty late on. Howe jumped with Philpott, winning his header, but the former was adjudged to have made the foul and was booked for his protests.
The Portwaymen kept up the momentum in the early stages of the second-half, but almost had their deficit doubled on the break. Griggs finding an unmarked Max Smith but his close range effort was saved brilliantly by Ben John.
The teams then exchanged presentable chances before the hour, first Howe headed a Gosling corner just wide before Simba Miambo sliced an effort over for Winchester.
Farm deservedly levelled shortly after. Another pinpoint Gosling delivery found Josh Ford who planted his header past the statuesque home keeper for his third of the season.
The games defining moment came not long after. Jayden Nielsen was given a straight red card to the bemusement of everyone involved, and Farm were down to ten.
Despite the man disadvantage, Farm almost went ahead instantly. Substitute Kyle Tooze refused to give up on a loose ball and his poked effort bounced just wide.
Howe then had another chance to steer the visitors ahead, but his header from a tight angle was too close to Philpott.
Winchester would take the lead against the run of play, Miamba played through and he tucked calmly past John.
Farm would have one final big chance to make the end of the game interesting; a superb counter led by Gosling eventually saw a spinning ball drop to Howe but he was denied at close range by a brilliant Philpott save.
The home side then took full advantage of having an extra man late on. Miambo found by a pass, and despite looking several yards offside, he was able to run on and find home sub Craig Feeney who had the simplest task to finish past John.
Max Smith added the fourth, adjusting his body to a deflected cross and volleying very tidily in to the far corner.
Winchester would add a fifth which made the score look far more generous than it could have been, Feeney with his second as he was played through and calmly rounded John for a simple finish.