BET Victor Division One South 1st October 2019
Mangotsfield Utd 1 – 1 Basingstoke Town Attendance
Where: Cossham Street, Mangotsfield, South Glos, BS16 9EN
Battling team display earns Stoke another point on the road!
Dan Brownlie’s line-up tonight included a number of enforced changes and was : 1.Chris Rackley, 2. Alfie Saunders 3. Adam Everiss, 4. Ben Cook (Capt), 5. Ryan Suckling, 6. Scott Armsworth, 7. Claudio Herbert, 8. Harrison Cliff 9. Mikey Davis, 10. Reece Rusher, 11. Riccardo Andrady,
On the bench; Aiden Harris, D’Andre Brown, Lloyd Snell, Rhys Williams and James Oram
With the awful weather clearing up temporarily prior to kick-off, the game got underway and for the first seven minutes Stoke were on the front foot, but without creating any real pressure on the keeper.
It was then Mangotsfield who then have a period of play creating two half chances. The first a shot from the edge of the box, that Rackley dives to his right and pushes his clear, and then on 12 minutes a poor defensive pass, sees the Field break down the right and send in a cross that rolls across the face of the goal.
On 16mins it’s another save from Rackley, as the home team break down the left and cut the ball back from the byline to a Field player who sides foots it to the far post, but Rackley dives down to his left and pushes the ball away and we are able to clear.
Another attack, creates a free-kick for the Field 23yds away, but the kick is wasted as it hits the wall.
On 21 mins we are back on the attack and a cross from Andrady to the far post is headed out for a corner. The corner by Ben Cook is met by the keeper who drops the ball, but he has time to reclaim the ball. The usual cries of ‘Dodgy Keeper’ are heard from the small group of Stoke fans behind the goal.
We then have a real chance to take the lead as Claudio Herbert breaks down the right and sends in a lovely cross to a wide open Harrison Cliff who takes it on the half-volley and it flies inches over the bar.
Another attack by Mangotsfield is broken up by Saunders, who feeds the energetic Andrady, who outpaces his defender and sends in another cross that flies across the face of the goal with Herbert the closest to the cross.
On 33 mins another good move as Andrady finds Herbert who sends Davis away, but his shot to the near post his pushed out for a corner. Everiss’s corner his headed clear and they break, but a shot form 30yds is poor and flies five yards wide of Rackley’s goal.
On 37 mins we win a free-kick outside the box and Claudio Herbert shot catches the outside of the side-netting.
On 40 mins the home team have a chance to take the lead, but to the far post is fluffed by their forward who whose first shot is blocked, and his follow-up shot goes wide from two yards. It wouldn’t have counted anyway as the linesman has his flag up for offside.
The last few minutes of the first half are played out quietly and the referee blows the halftime whistle.
The second half gets underway with no changed by Stoke, and we are the first on the attack and after good work from Andrady and Saunders we win a corner down the right.
From the Everiss corner the ball is cleared to Cook on the edge of the box, whose volley is blocked away and the home team break. We seem to be outnumbered 2 to 1 and our sole defender leaves the forward on his left on his own, as the ball is slotted to him, the forward (Demkiv), then gets the slice of luck he needs and he is half-tackled and the ball rolls back to him and he sends a shot into the far corner of the goal, and we trail 1-0.
It’s Mangotsfield who seek to double their lead, as Rackley makes two more stops, the second from a free-kick outside the box, that somehow beats the wall and Rackley who pushes it out then dives at the feet of the forward, whose shot is blocked away.
We then have another good period of play and it’s Andrady and Herbert who are full of running tonight, but each cross is blocked or just fails to find a Stoke touch first.
The rain has started to fall again, but the pitch has held up really well tonight.
Another attack on the hour by the Field down our right, who send in a dangerous cross, but Suckling clears confidently.
Noticeably we are winning more of the midfield challenges tonight and it’s one of these tackles on 62 mins, that sends Rusher away down the left, his cross goes across past the back post and it’s Andrady who recovers the ball, who then sends in a low across where Herbert is just beaten to the ball and the ball rolls to Mikey Davis on the 6-yard line who hits it on his left foot and sends it flying past the keeper into the net. GOAL ! Mangotsfield Utd 1 – 1 Basingstoke Town.
Very little action from either team for the next five minutes sees some heavy tackles and a handball resulting in the referee booking players from both sides.
We then make our first change, as goal-scorer Mikey Davis is replaced by D’Andre Brown.
Still very little goalmouth action by either team, but then on 78 mins, they win a free-kick along the byline by the right. There is some uncertainty on the pitch, and it appears Ryan Suckling has been given a straight red card. The free-kick is cleared, and we break.
We then make our second change, as Harrison Cliff is replaced by Aiden Harris who slots into the right back roll, moving Saunders into a midfield role.
The game continues to be fought in midfield and the ref has another player from either side in the book for separate challenges.
We are now entering the last five minutes of normal time, but Herbert and Andrady are still on the ball but are starting to look tired and Rusher has taken a knock as well.
On 90 minutes we have one final half-chance as Rusher sends the ball across the ball to Herbert whose cross bounces around the goalmouth and the ref blows for a foul by Rusher.
Reece Rusher is the final change on 92 mins as he is replaced by Lloyd Snell.
We have comfortably played out the four minutes of injury-time and we deservedly take a point on the road, as the ref blows the final whistle.
Final Score: Mangotsfield Utd 1 – 1 Basingstoke Town
Match Report by Martin French..