Mixed home fortunes for Mangos
THE first two Saturdays in November saw mixed fortunes for Mangotsfield United in successive home games at Cossham Street.
On November 2, the Mangos went down 3-1 to Cinderford Town. In a game played in appalling conditions weather-wise, ultimately the visitors adapted to the heavy conditions better than their hosts. Cinderford were 2-0 up by the break, thanks to a penalty from Craig Norman (20 minutes) & Josh Hunt (26), so it was always an uphill task for the Mangos in worsening conditions. The task became even harder on 54 minutes when Hunt made it 3-0 from inside the box and, although the Mangos never gave up and striker Dan Demkiv did pull one back on 84 minutes, it was too little too late.
One week later, again on a heavy pitch but in much better weather, Mangotsfield returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Bideford.
The Mangos took the lead on 8 minutes when Dan Demkiv latched on to a through ball from Jordan Rogers and fired a low drive into the bottom-right corner. Their second goal came on 19 minutes, when Lee Hartshorn headed home a left-wing corner from Tom Hillman, with Bideford keeper Liam Kingston well beaten. Mangotsfield were worthy 2-0 leaders at the break, although both sides went close enough on occasions to have added to the score.
The second half began evenly, but Bideford were unable to make any breakthroughs and Mangotsfield added to their tally on 58 minutes when James Ollis headed home a right-wing corner for 3-0. Bideford were back in the game immediately as, straight from the kick off, Max Smallcombe’s deflected shot flew past home keeper Marko Radovanovic for 3-1.
This gave Bideford some spirit, and Mangotsfield had to work hard at the back to keep them at bay, but on 67 minutes, the hosts went 4-1 up when Tom Hillman was left unchallenged to turn in Dan Demkiv’s right-wing cross. Bideford still weren’t finished, however, and on 82 minutes, Benjamin Carter’s left wing free kick sailed over Marko Radovanovic and into the net for 4-2, but the Mangos were good enough for the win.
The club’s programme for the match against Bideford had a special Remembrance Day cover, pictured, courtesy of official Club Photographer Pete Coddington.
December Home Fixtures
Saturday December 7, 3pm: AFC Totton
Boxing Day December 26, 12.30pm: