MATCH REPORT: Winscombe U18 0-5 Bristol Manor Farm U18

The Young Farmers secured another three points on the road on Tuesday evening, as they cruised past Winscombe U18 to make it four league wins in a row, writes Warwick Carlisle.

Following their victory against Weston-super-Mare U18 last week, the Young Farmers made the trip to the Recreation Ground determined to keep up the momentum.

The Young Farmers were rewarded for their efforts in the 5th minute, when Cummings played a stunning one-two with Andrews to flummox the Winscombe centre backs and having beat the offside trap, hammered the ball past the Winscombe goalkeeper to give his side an early lead. 1-0 Manor Farm.

Winscombe responded strongly, though, pushing their full backs high, in attempt to create overloads in the attacking third. Fortunately, Stenner, Widger, and Williams, showed discipline and diligence in their play to thwart the Winscombe front line. Pollinger, who has been in sensational form lately, was also key during this period.

In the 19th minute, the Winscombe forward did well to control the long ball and produced a great piece of individual skill to outmanoeuvre Widger. With only Allen to beat, the Winscombe faithful made themselves heard, confident their forward was going to level the game, but Allen had other ideas, as he made an absolutely magnificent save at close range to deny the hosts their first goal of the evening.

From the resulting corner, Allen collected safely and then found McCarthy out-wide, who beat the Winscombe full back for pace, before squaring to Andrews. Andrews’ shot was well blocked, but as ever, his work rate and determination was unrivalled, and so it came as no surprise when he refused to give up on the loose ball, robbing it from the Winscombe midfielder and driving it goal-wards, forcing a fine stop from the Winscombe goalkeeper.

For the next 20 minutes, dynamite Number 10, Thomas, was unstoppable and produced a scintillating display of skill which left the Winscombe midfield watching poetry in motion.

In the 28th minute, showing his pedigree, Thomas played a one-two with two different team mates, before gliding past the deepest Winscombe midfielder and opting to play in Cummings, who forced another great stop from the host’s goalkeeper.

In the 35th minute, the ever-reliable Pollinger excellently intercepted the Winscombe winger’s intended pass and found Thomas, who purposely drew the Winscombe central midfielder out-wide to create space for Turner, who fired a rocket at goal, which rattled the woodwork.

The Young Farmers continued to knock on the door and in the 38th minute, Turner, who had showed superb poise and composure in the first half, saw Butler’s run along the channel and timed the pass to him brilliantly. From here, Butler found Cummings, who evaded his marker and drilled the ball home to extend his team’s lead. 2-0.

The Young Farmers made a promising start to the second half too and in the 47th minute, Turner turned the screw, when he found the gap between the Winscombe centre back and full back to play in Cummings, who was shoved in the box. Penalty Manor Farm. Thomas stepped up and made no mistake, smashing the ball past the host’s goalkeeper. 3-0.

As the game moved past the hour mark, Andrews started to exploit more space to devastating effect and in the 68th minute, unselfishly squared to Thomas on the edge of the box, who guided the ball home to score his second of the game. 4-0.

In the 74th minute, White cleverly anticipated the Winscombe midfielder’s intended target, winning back possession to begin a great move with the influential Selwood, who sent the Winscombe centre back the wrong way, before absolutely drilling the ball into the top corner. It was a slam dunk. A gorilla dunk.

Another brilliant performance from the Young Farmers, who continue to build momentum.

STAR MAN: Alfie Cummings