Mangos back in bottom two after slip-up at Barnstaple

March 25 2022

A RECENT upturn in form for Mangotsfield United came to an end with a 2-1 defeat at basement club Barnstaple Town.

A win for Cinderford Town then saw them leapfrog the Mangos, who slipped back into second-bottom spot in the Southern League Division One South.

The defeat followed a superb point in a 3-3 draw at Melksham Town, followed by a dominant performance in a 3-1 home win over Lymington Town. 

Before the Melksham game the club learned that Phil Bater would be unable to return to take up his position as Mangotsfield's manager.

The ex-Bristol Rovers player, who previously managed at Cossham Street from 2009-2012, is having to concentrate on family commitments, due to unforeseen circumstances. All at Mangotsfield wish him and his family well.

In the meantime Glyn Ashton, who managed the team last season before moving into a player and club development role, has taken over as interim manager, working alongside assistant and coach Matt Curry.

Against Melksham, the Mangos trailed 2-0 after 32 minutes and, although Mircea Llea pulled one back, Melksham restored their two-goal advantage right on half-time, leaving the visitors with a seemingly uphill battle.

However, the Mangos kept going and late goals by Joe Cattermole (81) and Kye Simpson (86) earned the visitors a battling point. 

The win over Lymington Town saw Kye Simpson net the first goal on 15 minutes, breaking through the Lymington defence after some poor defending.

Simpson then had a penalty saved by Lymington keeper Nicholas Jones, but a second Mangos goal finally came on 75 minutes, thanks to an own goal.  

Dylan Walker then pulled back a very late goal for Lymington but Cattermole still found time to add a third goal for the Mangos, sealing an excellent 3-1 win.

The match proved to be the last for Mangotsfield for striker Simpson, who has joined rivals Bristol Manor Farm. 

Glyn Ashton has signed two former Mangos strikers – Dean Griffiths from Bitton and Jake Slocombe from Welton Rovers – to replace Simpson but they could not join in time to play in the 2-1 defeat at basement club Barnstaple Town, which kept the Devon club's survival hopes alive by keeping Mangotsfield within catching distance. 

Mangos keeper Marko Radovanovic kept the hosts at bay in the first half but was beaten by two penalties after the break – one on the rebound – with an injury-time header by Joe Beardwell too little, too late to save the game, which ended 2-1 to Barnstaple.

Remaining fixtures:

March 26  Winchester City Away

April 2      Cirencester Town home

April 9      Paulton Rovers Away

April 13     Larkhall Athletic Away

April 16     Plymouth Parkway Away

April 18     Slimbridge home

April 23     Bideford Away

David Smale