Bristol Manor Farm came from behind for the second time in five days to clinch their passage into the next round of the Buildbase FA Trophy, producing another powerful second half display and scoring four times in the process.
Farm almost took the lead in the 3rd minute of the game when Troy Simpson broke sharply into space down the right wing, drawing the keeper out but slightly under-hitting his shot, allowing Cinderford skipper Liam Angel to chase back and scrape the ball off the line.
A minute later Ben Bament flashed a running shot wide of the upright and at the other end Ashley Clarke came out well to smother a sharp Cinderford break.
Clarke then made an even better save when Cinderford striker Robbie Atkinson was allowed to turn in the box and get a firm shot away. The ball took a wicked deflection but Clarke was well-positioned to snatch the ball out of the air with both hands.
The visitors were working hard, closing down space and getting tight to their host opposition and in the 23rd minute their hard work paid off when a deep cross from the left was spilled by Clarke in a mix up with full back Aron Robbins which allowed Nick Harry to bundle the ball over the line despite close attention from Steve Kingdon.
Whatever Farm boss Lee Lashenko said to his team at half-time clearly registered with his players who came out for the second half in much sharper shape.
It took just four minutes play after the restart for Farm to gain parity when Troy Simpson got onto a through ball and ran on to flick the ball over the advancing Eric Edge in the Cinderford goal into an empty net.
On 53 minutes right back Jamie Turner got forward well and played a good attacking ball into the box which was screwed just wide of the post by Simpson. Three minutes later Bament brought a good save out of Edge and in the 58th minute Bament put Manor Farm ahead when he confidently drilled past Edge after running into a free position from the inside left channel.
Cinderford could have equalised five minutes later but a clever free-kick to the near post was squeezed behind for a corner by Aron Robbins instead.
Farm extended their lead to 3-1 in the 73rd minute when Harley Purnell chased down a back pass – forcing Edge into a hurried clearance which Farm recovered quickly, allowing Simpson to roll the ball in to Jordan Metters who opened his body up and hit a great finish which Edge could only get the slightest of touches to.
Another great diving save by Clarke on 78 minutes relieved the home side of a potentially nervy finish and Farm put the game beyond doubt with a minute to go when Jack Durrant drove purposefully forward before releasing substitute Dean Stamp (returning from a lower back injury) and the talismanic Farm striker produced a customary cool finish past the unfortunate Edge.
STAR MAN (Steve Kingdon, Bristol Manor Farm)
|7th October 2017||15:00 PM||FA Trophy||2017/18|
|96 Portway, Bristol BS9 2HS, UK|
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