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Mangotsfield United
Larkhall Athletic
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S Semmens (28' Sent Off), C Simpson (65')
Sat 21 Oct 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 124

Mangos finally get the better of the Larks

Unbeaten run comes to an end

Mangotsfield finally managed to defeat the Larks after three years of trying. The game got off to a bad start for the visitors when full-back Mason Winter had to come off injured after only 5 minutes of play. Events then took a turn for the worse in a crucial period that saw Mangos score two goals thanks to Jay Malpas and Kane Simpson and only second later Larks' keeper Shaun Semmens received a red card for a reckless challenge on Simpson. The goals were the result of sloppy defending and rather against the run of play: man of the match Cory Simpson was a constant threat and very unlucky not to give the Larks an early lead.

With more than an hour of the game to go and with only ten men at his disposal Phil Bater had to make some changes: George King gave way to Matt Guy, who bravely donned the keeper's gloves for the first time in his career and pulled off a handful of excellent saves to keep the Larks in the game. Being a man down seemed to give the Larks fresh impetus and supporters from both clubs agreed that we were the better side, especially in the second half. Cory got one back on 55 minutes with a superb strike into the far corner of the net and how the Larks did not then manage to equalise remains a mystery: Geraint Bater was totally bossing the midfield and linking up brilliantly with Jacob Cox on the wing, and Joe Tumelty launched a fierce shot that agonisingly smashed off the post. Mangos looked panicked and had to clear off the line a number of times as we fought back.

Eventually, and after considerable pressure, the home side's superior numbers won out as a quick break did not give the marauding Larks players time to get back to defend and although Matt blocked the first effort, they scored off the rebound. The game ended on a sour note as Mangos' Jake Elliott got a straight red for a nasty foul on Dan Restorick, who had to be carried off the pitch, and the Larks were forced to play on with only 9 men having run out of subs.

The final scoreline was somewhat flattering to our hosts: the game was a lot closer than 3-1 suggests and the relief on the faces of the home players at the final whistle was palpable. Although the result was disappointing, the Larks' spirit and energetic play was very impressive.

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Cory Simpson

Player of the Match

Cory Simpson

Key moments

Red Card Shaun Semmens is sent off for Larkhall Athletic
Goal Cory Simpson scores for Larkhall Athletic


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90:00 Player of the Match
Cory Simpson is awarded player of the match for Larkhall Athletic
75:00 Yellow Card
Matt Britton is yellow carded for Larkhall Athletic
65:00 Goal 0 - 1
Cory Simpson scores for Larkhall Athletic
45:00 Sub On
Dan Restorick is substituted on for Larkhall Athletic
45:00 Sub Off
Ibrahima Diallo is substituted off for Larkhall Athletic
End of period 1
29:00 Sub On
Matt Guy is substituted on for Larkhall Athletic
29:00 Sub Off
George King is substituted off for Larkhall Athletic
28:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Shaun Semmens is sent off for Larkhall Athletic
5:00 Sub Off
Mason Winter is substituted off for Larkhall Athletic
5:00 Sub On
Neil Arndale is substituted on for Larkhall Athletic
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Mangotsfield United
  • Larkhall Athletic
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  • Mason Winter Sub Off 5:00'
  • Neil Arndale Sub On 5:00'
  • Shaun Semmens Red Card 28:00'
  • Matt Guy Sub On 29:00'
  • George King Sub Off 29:00'
  • Dan Restorick Sub On 45:00'
  • Ibrahima Diallo Sub Off 45:00'
  • Cory Simpson Goal 65:00'
  • Matt Britton Yellow Card 75:00'

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Team selection

Semmens, Shaun Semmens, Shaun
Winter, Mason Winter, Mason
Adams, Jamie Adams, Jamie
Bater, Geraint Bater, Geraint
Britton, Matt Britton, Matt
Cox, Jacob Cox, Jacob
Lambert, Alex Lambert, Alex
Simpson, Cory Simpson, Cory
Tumelty, Joe Tumelty, Joe
King, George King, George
Diallo, Ibrahima Diallo, Ibrahima

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Cinderford Town 42 54
14. Yate Town 42 53
15. Larkhall Athletic 42 45
16. Mangotsfield United 42 41
17. Shortwood United 42 40
18. North Leigh 42 38
19. Paulton Rovers 42 37

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