Match Report From this weekends FA Cup tie Bridgwater Town FC fall short against a strong Bristol Ma
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
7th September 2019
Bridgwater Town FC 1 Vs 3 Bristol Manor Farm
Harry Horton 89 Winter 51
Town knew that they would need to be at their best to beat a strong Manor Farm team but they were well below that level. The visitors probably expected a tougher challenge than this. From start to finish Manor Farm looked the more accomplished side and they thoroughly deserved this victory.
The fluent, exciting football that has characterised Town’s recent wins was largely absent. Manor Farm created many more scoring chances and dominated midfield in particular. In Joe McClennan they had the game’s outstanding player and he led Town a merry dance throughout.
The game opened at a fast pace and with plenty of tackles – foul and fair. Once it settled down, the visitors began to threaten the Town goal. Yet the first chance went to Town. A long throw from Tom Ellis resulted in Jack Taylor’s stooping header needing Ben John to plunge to his left to save. Lewis Leigh- Gilchrist’s shot was semi blocked and the ball looped up to be held by Jake Viney.
Viney was involved in an unusual incident soon after. Jake Horsey overhit a back pass and, as the ball was goalbound, Viney pushed it aside. There was no award for a free kick (for hand ball from a deliberate back pass) and that incensed the Manor Farm management no end. After 20 minutes Joe Tumelty wasted a good chance with a wild shot which was high, wide and not very handsome. Two minutes later Viney was unable to react to a waspish shot from Leigh-Gilchrist which hit the top of the crossbar.
Town were unable to keep possession and when they had it they were hasty in their passing. Great work by McClennan gave Tumelty another opening but he again missed by a distance. The attacking was quite relentless and yet Town almost snatched the lead late in the half. Steve Murray cut inside a defender and spotted Taylor lurking neat the penalty spot. His pass was accurate and Taylor would have been celebrating a goal had it not been for an alert block on his shot.
Manor Farm got the goal they deserved early in the second period and it was a bit lucky. A smooth transition of passes from right to left gave left back Mason Winter the chance to cross the ball. He did that but crossed it straight into the net!
How would Town respond? In a rather muted way. They weren’t able to put any pressure on the visitors’ defence and it was no surprise when the second goal came. A mix up between Jamie Laird and Harry Horton gave Manor Farm midfield possession. Three passes later and the ball was in the net because Leigh- Gilchrist had measured a careful shot to Viney’s left.
Murray lobbed a shot over the bar with 15 minutes left and it was the first Town strike of the second half. However, they did, in the last 10 minutes get some forward momentum. A Murray cut back found Laird’s head but the ball went a foot too high. Jake Llewellyn had a shot cleared from the goalline after the ball had ballooned up from John. Viney made a brilliant parry from Jamie Bird and then Town scored a beauty. We know that Horton can score special goals and his 25 yard thunderbolt had John clutching thin air. Was there any chance of another one?
With little time left, Viney quite rightly went up for one of Ellis’s long throws. He actually very nearly got his head to the ball, and what a headline that would have been, but the ball was thumped away and Lewis Bamford took possession and then from 40 yards, wide on the left, he found the empty net. A fair scoreline.
Next up is an away trip to Hallen on Saturday 14th September KO at 3pm.
1 Tom Ellis
2 Dave Thorne
3 Steve Murray
Jake Viney, Dave Thorne, Jake Llewellyn, Jake Horsey, Jamie Laird, Tom Ellis, Harry Horton, Mark Armstrong (Dave O’Hare 61), Steve Murray, Jack Taylor (Patrick O’Halloran 68), Sam Towler (Ross McErlain 82).
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