Saturday 10th October 2020, The Pitching In Southern League, Division One South, Att. 210
Larkhall Athletic…..3 Mangotsfield United…..0
Match report Ron Loftus
A vastly more experienced and physically stronger Larkhall side featuring 8/9former Mangotsfield players in their squad were too much of an obstacle for our youngsters to contend with at Plain Ham on Saturday. As ever there was no lack of enthusiasm or effort from our lads and for the first 30 minutes or so we battled to keep the Larks at bay.
On 32 minutes, however, a firmly struck shot hit a defender’s arm and Referee Mr. Fudge deemed it worthy of a penalty. Lewis Powell opened the scoring for our hosts from the spot and a loss of concentration saw Larkhall increase their lead when Mike Baker headed home from a corner, before a neat one-two on the edge of the Mangotsfield area saw Joe Tumelty free to put the home side into a commanding 3-0 lead after 37 minutes which remained the score-line at the interval.
The towering Larkhall centre-backs gave our somewhat lightweight forward line little opportunity during the first 45 minutes but a change to the line-up for the second period saw a much more evenly-contested affair. Striker David English saw a shot saved by the outstretched boot of home keeper Shaun Semmens and then the same player went through but placed his shot wide of the right-hand post when he might have done better. Thereafter the game saw few opportunities at either end, and after 90 minutes we remain rooted to the foot of the table having failed to open our account for the season.
We battle on regardless and look to continue playing the right way in the hopes that a little good fortune may eventually come our way !
FT: Larkhall Athletic…3 Mangotsfield United….0
LARKHALL ATHLETIC : (All Blue) (Manager: Phil Bater )
G/K. Shaun Semmens, 2. James Byrne, 3. Leon Greenland(Tom Warren 68), 4. Jake Thompson, 5. Michael Baker ©, 6. Josh Jones (Jack Camm 63), 7. Daniel Demkiv, 8. Joe Hillard, 9. Alex Lambert, 10. Lewis Powell (Bradley Norris 75), 11. Joe Tumelty.
Unused subs. Geraint Bater
Bookings: Leon Greenland (65)
Red Cards: none
Goals: Lewis Powell (32p), Michael Baker (37), Joe Tumelty (39)
MANGOTSFIELD UNITED: (Yellow/Blue/Yellow) (Manager: Glyn Ashton )
G/K. Jakob Glover 2. Andre Freckleton ©, 3. Abe Noad, 4. Jai Semenyo, 5. Ben Payne , 6. Matthew Binding, 7. Harry Haughton(Olaoluwakitan Jaiyeoba (45), 8. Harry Simons, 9. David English(Owen Humphries 72), 10. Harvey Baker, 11. Todd Carter (George Neill 65).
Unused subs. Josh Iles, Jonathan Invernizzi
Bookings: Ben Payne (34), Abe Noad (80)
Red Cards: none
Referee: Sam Fudge
Assistants: Said Ouchene, Kant Mann
The next game at Cossham Street will be the visit of ‘The Foresters’ of CINDERFORD TOWN on Saturday 17th October 2020. Kick-off 3.00pm