Both of these promotion-chasing sides had to be content with a point-a-piece from an even, fiercely contested game at a windswept Creek.
The best of the game’s early chances fell to Manor Farm. In the third minute Troy Simpson found himself in space bearing down on goal but lost his footing as he tried to cut back across for a shooting angle and the Swindon defence was able to smother the attack. Four minutes later the Farm striker received a neat pass in the box but his lobbed effort sailed over the bar.
The visitors began to find a foothold in the game and during an attacking foray in the 20th minute Farm ‘keeper Ashley Clarke was required to pull off a spectacular double-save, diving to his left then right to block out fierce drives. As the ball pinged about in the area a handball was spotted by the referee’s assistant on the far side and Brad Hooper stepped up to despatch coolly from the penalty spot and give his side a 1-0 lead.
Following a period under pressure in their own half, Manor Farm managed to force a corner in the 33rd minute and defender Lloyd Mills came close to levelling the score when he rose highest to meet the ball, sending a firm header just wide of the post.
There was more danger for Manor Farm in the 38th minute, however, when Clarke spilled a long high ball that swirled in the wind but thankfully Steve Kingdon was on hand to clear the ball away.
With the Creek slope in their favour and the wind at their backs, Manor Farm made a bright and determined start after the break with Jordan Metters finding space down the right flank from a somewhat congested midfield.
Just before the hour mark the Farm skipper swung a sweet free-kick in from the left this time and Dean Stamp, with a trade mark run to the near post, thundered a header high into the net for a deserved Farm equaliser and the strikers 19th League goal of the season so far.
In the 65th minute Supermarine’s top scorer and captain Josh Parsons broke free and looked set to put the visitors back into a 2-1 lead before Ashley Clarke stepped out smartly to save well with his feet.
In the 73rd minute Farm central defender Steve Kingon, superb all afternoon, set up a great chance when he sent a powerful headed clearance from just inside his own half into the path of Troy Simpson’s clever run and the Farm striker should perhaps have scored but lashed the ball wide instead.
The home supporters held their breath on 77 minutes when Joe Selman made a good little run down the right side of the box and his firm, low centre was side-footed narrowly wide of the post by Josh Parsons from eight yards out.
In the games last ten minutes with Manor Farm pressing for victory, Troy Simpson saw a cross from deep in the right of the box deflected sharply onto the near post and away for a corner and also forced a good save from Hill with three minutes left to play.
Both sides had good chances to secure all 3 points but in the end a share of the spoils seemed just about fair. With results elsewhere falling favourably for the Farm, however, the Bristol club remain in third place in the division in what promises to be a nail-biting run-in for the half-dozen or so clubs fighting for those coveted play-off spots.
STAR MAN (Steve Kingdon, Bristol Manor Farm)
|27th January 2018||15:00 PM||Southern League West||2017/18|
|96 Portway, Bristol BS9 2HS, UK|
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