Close shaves for Mangos - on and off pitch
A SUPERB comeback from two goals down away to Sholing was the highlight of a month which saw Mangotsfield United pick up two wins, two defeats and lose a match to the wet weather.
The pre-Christmas game away to Portsmouth-based Moneyfields was called off and the constant rain then made the Cossham Street pitch heavy for the Paulton home game on Boxing Day, but the Mangos did the business, with a well-deserved 3-1 home win.
Goals from Robbie Cox (4) & Jordan Rogers (38) gave the hosts a 2-0 interval lead, and when Ben Brooks fired in No 3 on 69 minutes, that seemed like game over. Wrong! Paulton got one back three minutes later through Elliot Dugan and Mangos keeper Marko Radovanovic fully earned his man of the match award with a penalty save on 82 minutes.
After the game, a packed clubhouse saw kit man John House (beard) and manager Ollie Price (head) face the barber’s razor for charity, as shown in these pictures from the official club website.
New Year’s Day saw the Mangos get off to the worst possible start with a 3-1 loss away to Barnstaple Town, ending the game with just nine men! Jordan Rogers netted after just 10 minutes to give us the lead but Barnstaple levelled with a penalty and Mangos keeper Marko Radovanovic was then red-carded for a foul outside the box. The 10 men, including substitute keeper Camden Duncan, were doing fine but on 50 minutes, midfielder Lee Hartshorn was sent off via two yellow cards, and the visitors had an almost impossible task after that. The numbers game finally told, with the hosts scoring twice.
Three days later, Mangotsfield slipped up at Cossham Street with a 3-2 home defeat against another Devon side, Willand Rovers. Again, the Mangos took the lead through James Ollis on 9 minutes and still led at the break, but Willand upped their game in the second half, scoring three times before James Byrne pulled one back for the Mangos on 82 minutes.
January 11 saw one of those proverbial “games of two halves” as Mangotsfield overturned a 2-0 half-time deficit away at Southampton-based Sholing to return home with a superb 4-2 win, in one of their best results of the season. A strong first half by Sholing saw them 2-0 up at the break, but the Mangos came out for the second half with renewed verve and vigour. Jordan Rogers got one back on 49 minutes. James Ollis then netted twice (71 & 78) as Sholing began to fall apart and Dan Demkiv wrapped up a superb victory with a 4th goal in stoppage time, to complete a massive win that had looked so unlikely at 3.45pm.
February fixtures at Cossham Street:
Saturday 1 February at 3pm – Evesham United
Saturday 15 February at 3pm – Cirencester Town