Mixed results for Mangos
A MONTH of varied results for Mangotsfield United – two wins, two defeats and two draws, still left the club second from bottom in the Southern League Division 1 South.
The sequence began with successive home wins over Bideford (3-1) and Evesham United (3-2) in the space of three days, to bring six much-needed points.
The win over Bideford was a comfortable one, with Kye Simpson (38, 69) and Daniel McBeam giving the Mangos a superb 3-0 lead against a battling Bideford side, who could only net a consolation goal in added time through Lewis Wilson.
The Evesham game was a real thriller. The visitors scored after just two minutes through Michael Symons, but the hero of the night was to be Kye Simpson again, scoring in the 60th and 63rd minutes to turn the game on its head.
A Daniel McBeam own goal levelled things up with 13 minutes left. However, the Cossham Street supporters were the ones to go home happy as Simpson netted the winner and completed his hat-trick on 90 minutes, to clinch the win.
The subsequent two away games were against the top two sides, Sholing and Frome Town, and the results went the way the league tables would have predicted.
Sholing ran out comfortable 4-1 winners, with Owen Humphries scoring for the Mangos on 83 minutes.
The defeat to Frome was just as emphatic, the hosts winning comfortably, 3-0.
Next up was a 2-2 home draw against bottom club Barnstaple Town – a very disappointing result, as it gave the North Devon visitors their first point of the entire campaign.
Three goals in the first 21 minutes set the scene, with Kye Simpson and a Daniel McBeam penalty coming either side of a goal for Barnstaple, whose results had improved in recent weeks, despite still losing matches. They levelled again on 63 minutes and this time held on to the final whistle.
On December 11 the Mangos earned a battling point away at promotion-chasing Cirencester Town, who took the lead after 12 minutes and went 2-0 up with 20 minutes left. However, Kye Simpson bagged yet another goal on 80 minutes to give the Mangos some hope and, incredibly, Daniel McBeam then converted a penalty in stoppage time to earn a superb point for the visitors.
Two recent transfers have seen former keeper Marko Radovanovic return to Cossham Street from Taunton Town, whilst midfielder Owen Humphries has joined Larkhall Athletic. Dave Smale
Bristol Manor Farm (H)
January 1: Slimbridge (A)
January 8: Highworth Town (H)
January 15: Larkhall Athletic (A)
January 22: Willand Rovers (H)
January 29: AFC Totton (A)