Manor Farm were excellent value for their three points at the Universal Components Stadium on Saturday afternoon, securing a win that keeps them in second place in the league and within touching distance of high-fliers Taunton Town.
The visitors could have been two-nil up in the games first three minutes. Troy Simpson linked well with Jordan Metters, whose effort was cleared off the line for a corner and Harvey Rivers in the Yate goal had to pull off a great save from a Simpson header after the ball had ballooned back off the crossbar from a deflected shot.
A good Yate move in the seventh minute deserved a better finish when Adam Price shot over from a Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist pass.
In the 9th minute Manor Farm took the lead with a trademark Dean Stamp finish. From the moment the Farm striker picked up the ball in the inside-right channel in the penalty area and cut back onto his left foot there was only going to be one outcome and Stamp duly converted with a shot drilled into the far bottom corner of the net with Rivers beaten.
Ashley Clarke then did well to gather the ball under his own crossbar from a long looping cross from the right. In the 21st minute Steve Davis screwed the ball wide of Clarke’s post with the Farm back four appealing for what looked like a clear offside decision not given.
In the 30th minute Manor Farm doubled their lead when Jordan Metters floated a free-kick into the danger area and when the ball was knocked on a Yate defender was penalised for handling the ball and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Kye Holly to ruthlessly slam an unstoppable drive down the centre of the goal giving Rivers no chance. Two-nil to the Farm.
Stamp should have made it 3-0 six minutes later when Aron Robbins forged menacingly down the left flank before crossing the ball to the striker who took just a moment too long before getting his shot away which was blocked bravely by Rivers. Stamps’ scream of anguish and frustration spoke volumes.
Manor Farm defended superbly all afternoon, with Jamie Turner once again outstanding in the heart of a Portwaymen back four. The versatile young defender is in a rich vein of form at the moment which is good news for Farm boss Lee Lashenko with Steve Kingdon watching the game on crutches following knee ligament damage received on Tuesday night against Taunton and likely to be out for a number of games. Turners’ reading of the game was particularly impressive and his understanding with the players around him served the visitors well as he calmly cleared behind the lines on a number of occasions as Yate came back looking to get a foothold in the game.
With 39 minutes on the clock and under a mountain of pressure in their own area Farm were also thankful to Ashley Clarke for a superb save from a close range effort and a minute later Clarke saved a long range effort, gathering the ball at the second attempt and received a kick in the head from Kyle Tooze, following up, for which the Yate number 10 received a red card that set the home crowd fuming. Intentional or not the referee deemed it dangerous play and Tooze received his marching orders.
With a numeric advantage Farm dominated the early possession in the second half, moving the ball quickly through the final third with some excellent link up play that Metters was more often than not at the driving heart of. A great one-two between Stamp and Simpson set the Farm skipper up for a rasping drive which was well saved by Rivers and Kye Holly shot wide following a great passing move down the right. Stuart Tovey was also instrumental at right back, putting in an all-round excellent display, defending passionately when required and getting forward on the overlap on a number of occasions as Farm threatened to over-run their opponents.
Farm were awarded their second penalty of the afternoon in the 68th minute when Jordan Metters danced past two defenders down the left deep into the penalty area, bamboozling the defender with two neat step-overs before being brought down. Holly chose to rifle his second spot kick emphatically into the bottom right corner this time around, beyond the outstretched dive of Rivers, who guessed right but could do little to affect the outcome.
Lashenko sent on Matt Groves and Ben Bament for Holly and Stamp respectively as Farm looked to close out the game with the three points relatively secure. They almost made it 4 when Groves produced some good work down the left before setting up Harley Purnell who sent a piledriver of a shot whistling just past the post.
A glimmer of hope but too little to late came to Yate with the game in the 90th minute when Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist hit a long free kick from deep on the left which eluded a crowd of players and Ashley Clarke to find the back of the net.
STAR MAN (Jordan Metters, Bristol Manor Farm)
|2nd December 2017||15:00 PM||Southern League: Divison One South & West||2017/18|
|The Jelf Stadium|
|2 Lodge Rd, Yate, Bristol BS37 7LE, UK|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|Bristol Manor Farm||2||1||3|