Match Preview: Tavistock AFC vs Bristol Manor Farm

The Lambs take on play-off chasing Bristol Manor Farm in second game off three this week!!

By Luca Sperti

Tavi will be looking to make it two wins in the space of three days as they welcome Lee Lashenko’s Manor Farm to Langsford Park. The Red and Black outfit were last in action on Tuesday, when they stopped league leaders Wimborne Town winning the league, with a 3-2 win. On a sunny Devonshire evening, Tim Sills’ side knew 3 points would see them play Premier Division South Football next season. It all looked to be heading in the right direction after Jack Lovell put the Magpies in the lead in 18th minute. The attacker did well to anticipate a Lewis Beale knock down before taking his time, and smashing the ball past Aaron Dearing in the Tavi goal. However, against the run-of play, in the 28th minute the Lambs equalised. A ball from Ed Harrison to Dan Jennings saw the striker flick the ball onto Alfie Cunnigham. The Welshman sent in a cross which flicked off Liam Prynn right into the path of Jack Endacott, who smashed a powerful shot right into the bottom left-corner. Despite Wimborne once again dominating the possession and having more opportunities in the second half, it was the Lambs who took the lead in the 72nd minute. Wing Wizard Alfie Cunnigham picked the ball up from Teigan Rosenquest on the left, before cutting inside Oakley Hanger and smashing a shot into the top left-corner past a helpless Ross Flitney in the Wimborne goal. However, in the 89th minute the Magpies equalised after Harry Baker did well to find the bottom corner from just-outside the box following a counterattack. But the drama was not over and in the fourth minute of added time Tavi won it. Captain Harrison picked up the ball about 30-yards out, where he took a touch before unleashing a powerful strike with his weaker left-foot into the top corner. The goal was one worth winning any game and it was one that put Wimborne promotion on ice. Bristol Manor Farm’s, last game was on Saturday 24th April, when they stuck 3 past Melksham Town at The Creek. The Farmy Army took the lead in the encounter thanks to a goal from Ollie Woodhouse in the 19th minute. Three minutes later, Lewis Leight-Gilchrist put the Farm 2-0 ahead. The goal was the attackers first goal of the season. After a dominant display throughout, George Kellow added a third in injury time to wrap up the victory.

The Portwaymen, have won four and lost one of their previous five matches in the league. The clubs last victory at home before Melksham on Saturday came against Evesham United. Manor Farm took the lead in the encounter in the 29th minute through Harry Lucas, which was the defenders third of the season. Daniel Dodimead added a second in the ninetieth minute to seal the victory for the Farm, with a well taken finish after a ball from Jayden Nielsen. Bristol Manor Farm’s only defeat in their last five matches, came against Mousehole AFC at Trungle Parc. Mousehole took the lead in the encounter in only the fourth minute, when a Josh Otto drilled cross was flicked into the net by forward Tim Nixon. The attacker did well to get in between defenders before finishing for his seventh goal of the season. On a bobbly surface at Trungle Parc, the Seagulls doubled their lead in the second half, when former Lamb Mitch Beardmore played in talisman Hayden Turner. The striker did well to lob the ball over Manor Farm keeper Seth Locke to make it 2 in the 66th minute. Manor Farm, last trip to Devon was on Easter Monday with Lee Lashenko’s side winning 1-2 at Willand Rovers at Silver Street. The home side took the lead in the encounter through a well-taken penalty by former Manor Farm striker Owen Howe in the 3rd minute. The Bristolian based side, equalised early into the second half through Daniel Dodimead before taking the lead in the 89th minute through Jayden Nielsen. The goal was a strike to win any match, after midfielder chested the ball from a corner before smashing the ball into the top bin.

Manor Farm currently sit outside the playoff picture on goal-difference behind Mousheole, who have played one more game than the Bristolian outfit. A victory on Thursday would see Lee Lashenko’s side leapfrog Mousehole and Larkhall Athletic into 4th position. A draw for the Red and White outfit would also see them return to the play-offs in place of Jake Ash’s side. Tavi currently sit in 11th place and a win for Stuart Henderson’s side could see them jump up to 10th place behind 9th place Bishop’s Cleeve on goal difference. Bristol Manor Farm have won 16, drew Seven and lost 11 this season in the League. Whereas Tavi have won 13, drew 6 and lost 15. Both teams are high scorerers this season, with Manor Farm scoring 62 and the Lambs scoring 61, but Stuart Henderson’s outfit have shipped 21 more goals than Thursday’s visitors. Manor Farm are also a strong side both home and away this season, with the Red and White side picking up 28 points at home this season compared to 27 away. Tavi also are a strong team home and away this season, with the Lambs picking up 22 points at Langsford Park compared to 23 away from home this season.

The reverse fixture between these two sides came back in October at the Creek with Tavi picking up a 2-3 win. The Lambs opened the scoring when a Jack Endacott cross was headed into his own net by Manor Farm Centre-back Ollie Woodhouse. The Lambs in Blue made it 0-2 in the 23rd minute after another cross by the impressive Endacott was headed into the corner by Liam Prynn. Manor Farm pulled a goal back in the 68th minute through Jayden Nielsen, before the Farmy Army had a chance to make it 2-2 from the spot, following a foul by Aaron Dearing. Nielsen took the penalty, smashing it low into the bottom left-corner making it 2-2. However, in the fourth minute of added time Tavi nick it. A long-lobbed ball caused confusion in the Manor Farm Backline with goalkeeper Locke and defender Josh Ford colliding and the ball falling to Prynn, who tap-home from close range to give the Lambs the win. In the 22/23 season Tavi also picked up the points at the Creek, with Tallan Burns and Liam Prynn scoring to make it 0-2 before Ben Bament scored for the home side. However, Manor Farm came out victors in the last match between these two sides at Langsford Park. Current Willand striker, Owen Howe opened the scoring before Liam Prynn equalised in the first half. However, in the space of three minutes in the second-half it was 1-3 to Manor Farm thanks to another from Howe and a goal from current Taunton forward Evander Grubb.

Bristol Manor Farm Key Players:

Jayden Nielsen- The attacking midfielder, who can play on the wing and at fullback, signed for Manor Farm in December of 2020 from Toolstation Premier side Brislington on dual registration. After an impressive 20/21 season at Manor Farm, the attacker left the Creek to pursuit a contract at National League South Side Bath City. However, whilst at Bath, Nielsen was informed he wouldn’t get regular game time, with the attacker then opting to return to Manor Farm for the start of the 21/22 season. In the 21/22 season at the Farm, Nielsen made 31 appearances scoring an impressive six goals, from attacking midfield and from the right-wing. The attackers goals that season came against the likes of Highworth Town, Plymouth Parkway and Mangotsfield United. The next season at Manor Farm, saw Nielsen deputise as a left-back for large parts of the season. In total Nielsen made an impressive 45 appearances in the season, equally shared and left-back and as a winger. Despite getting plenty of assists, the former Brislington man only scored one last season, in the Inter-Step-Playoffs against Saltash United in a 2-0 victory for Manor Farm. Victory for the Bristolian side in that fixture ensured they would play Southern League Football for another season. However, this season has been Nielsen’s breakthrough season in a Red Shirt, with the attacker scoring an impressive 13 goals in 40 games. Playing the majority off the season on the right-wing, the midfielder loves to cut inside and bend shots into the far-corner with his sweet left-foot. Nielsen is quick and loves to have the ball at his feet. As well as this, Nielsen is prone to a spectacular which was seen on Easter Monday, with his winning strike against Willand Rovers. As well as already scoring a brace against Tavi this season, Nielsen has scored against the likes of Cribs, Exmouth, Bemerton Heath Harlequins and Larkhall. The attacker has already scored in both fixtures against Exmouth and Cribbs this season and he will be hoping to do the same if he scores against Tavi at Langsford Park.

Ben Bament- The forward, who has been predominantly used as a striker during his career, started his career at Ashton & Backwell United before moving on to Clevedon Town. Whilst at Clevedon the forward scored an impressive 12 goals in 24 games earning the striker a move to Paulton Rovers. At Paulton the striker scored three goals before moving to Mangotsfield United in the same season. At Mangotsfield, Bament scored an impressive 13 goals in 28 appearances including goals against Bashley, Wimborne, North Leigh and Swindon Supermarine. The following season saw the attacker play for a few sides including Bristol Manor Farm for the first time and Bitton. In the 19/20 season Bament returned to Paulton and scored an impressive 27 goals in 37 games. The Striker was on fire in the Southern League scoring a hattrick against Barnstaple and braces against Bideford, Larkhall and Melksham. The next season saw the attacker move to Roman Glass St George before the attacker then moved to Bristol Manor Farm for the 21/22 season. In the 21/22 season Bament scored seven in 35 appearances which was followed up with seven in 23 appearances last season. The start of this season saw Bament lead the line for the Farm. The striker scored twice in 15 appearances with the attacker’s goals coming against Malvern and Bemerton. However, in December, the striker moved to fellow Southern League side Melksham Town. The attacker’s debut for Melksham came against Bristol Manor Farm in 2-2 at the Oakfield Stadium. However, after four appearances and one goal, against Paulton Rovers, Bament returned to Manor Farm in January, where he has gone on to make 17 appearances in a forward position scoring four goals in the process.

Tavistock AFC Last five results:

Tuesday 23rd April- Tavistock 3-2 Bristol Manor Farm

Saturday 20th April- Bashley FC 0-0 Tavistock AFC

Tuesday 16th April- Mousehole AFC 3-2 Tavistock AFC

Saturday 13th April- Tavistock AFC 1-3 Evesham United

Saturday 6th April- Malvern Town 2-1 Tavistock AFC

Bristol Manor Farm Last five results:

Saturday 20th April- Bristol Manor Farm 3-0 Melksham Town

Saturday 13th April- Westbury United 0-4 Bristol Manor Farm

Monday 1st April- Willand Rovers 1-2 Bristol Manor Farm FC

Saturday 30th March- Bristol Manor Farm FC 2-0 Evesham United

Saturday 23rd March- Mousehole AFC 2-0 Bristol Manor Farm FC


Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £10

Concessions (13-17 & over 65): £6

Under 12s accompanied with an adult:

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