“We were flat today and had no spark! Their goal came from a bad mistake and we never got hold of the game – there was a lack of quality and frankly got what we deserved!” These were the comments of John Evans straight after Shortwood lost their unbeaten home record against Mangotsfield on Saturday,
This summed up Shortwood’s disappointing display on Saturday but for all that they did create enough chances, especially in the first half, to have got something from the game but were let down by a lack of fire power where it was needed.
Wood started brightly enough and Jake Parrott had already supplied a couple of excellent through passes before his low cross found Martin unmarked in the box but his weak shot was too close to keeper Sawyer,
At the other end King saved well from Klein-Davis as he burst through. Matt Bennett fired another good chance over and Jamie Martin failed to direct a header on target. A Bennett cross was just whipped off Martin’s head in front of goal but Mangotsfield scored against the run of play after 33 minutes. A slack ball in midfield was picked off and fed through to Klein- Davis who ran through and provided a simple but well taken finish. A cross from Gullick got caught under Haddock’s foot and Martin had a cross shot deflected wide after 43 minutes. The resultant corner was headed back into the danger area by Pritchett and Sawyer reacted brilliantly to turn over Gullick’s header.
Early in the second half Klein-Davies was free in the 6 yard box and King made a great point blank save to deny him. The play became more stretched as Wood pressed forward and Mangotsfield looked dangerous as two and sometimes three forwards broke at speed. Haddock curled a shot wide but time and time again Wood got caught frustratingly offside. Bennett drove a good chance into the side netting. Langworthy headed Shortwood’s best chance wide from close range but in the last 10 minutes Mangotsfield looked the more dangerous side as they broke at speed…
Team: King, Coates, Bennett, Pritchett, Thomas, Baldwin (Langworthy 60), Gullick (Tustain 70), Parrott, Martin (Singh 70), Haddock, Cant