Bristol Manor Farm capped their first pre-season match in style, as they brush aside Shirehampton FC at The Creek. A first-half hat-trick from Mike Bryant opened the evening’s entertainment, followed by goals from Marcus Day, Kyle Tooze, Jayden Nielsen, and Dawid Regula. 

It didn’t take long for Lee Lashenko’s Manor Farm side to open the scoring. After what looked like an opportunity missed, Bryant collected the ball on the edge of the Shirehampton area and curled the ball into the top-right corner. 

Shirehampton respond quickly, and they almost drew level when their Number 11 drove his effort towards the Manor Farm goal – but Ben John was equal to it, and the danger was averted. 

But it was the tenacious Bryant who quickly squandered any fightback from Shirehampton when he made it 2-0. Aron Robbins did brilliantly to keep the play alive down the left-flank, and he squared the ball to Bryant to make it two.

A comfortable lead established and everyone in Farm yellow were now trying their luck, centre back Steve Kingdon the next to curl an effort towards the far corner only to see it well saved at full stretch.

Farm were far from settling, Robbins going close after Tooze skinned his man wide and cut it back to him.

Bryant created a further two changes for his teammates before going in search of the match ball, denied a half-hour hat-trick after he cleared the bar from close range after a cross from Tooze.

A memorable first-half hat-trick would eventually arrive before the break, Marcus Day splitting the defence and Robbins’ perfect low cross was emphatically volleyed home by Bryant.

With the end of the first-half approaching, Manor Farm managed to add a fourth. Day was unleashed through on goal, breaking the offside trap, and cooly-slotted the ball past the onrushing keeper to make it four.

The second-half started in the same vein. Neilson forced the keeper into a strong save, before advancing down the left and perfectly squaring the ball to Tooze – who made no mistake in making it five for the Farm.

With the Farm controlling the majority of the play, it was clear to see that they would go on to add another to their tally. Nielsen played a clever one-two with Leigh-Gilchrist, and the creative midfielder notched-in his contribution of the night – and Manor Farm’s sixth of the match.

Manor Farm’s opening pre-season match ended in seven-heaven, when Dawid Regula buried his header into the back of the net. Farm seemed happy to settle for the lion-share of possession after the hour mark but changes still came for Regula and Ireland – but both were denied extra gloss to the scoreline late on.

The match ended favourably for Manor Farm, as they claimed the first win of their pre-season campaign. Next up at The Creek is Avonmouth in the Steve Hillier Memorial Cup….

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