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Ten-man Bristol Manor Farm punish Bluebirds’ mistakes in front of goal
Ilfracombe Town missed a chance to stamp their authority on this year’s Western League Premier Division after throwing away a one goal lead and a man advantage against Bristol Manor Farm.
Both teams flew out of the blocks and attacked from the off, and Combe took an early lead when Frank Paxton finished well at the near post after some tidy build up play from Steve Holland and Jamie Bright.
Manor Farm – widely regarded as one of the favourites for the league this term ¬- soon found their feet and created chances of their own. They struggled to find a way past Kurtis Parkin but managed to bundle the ball over the line on the rebound after a great reaction save.
Both teams continued to press but neither could find the breakthrough. On 40 minutes A Manor Farm midfielder got his marching orders when he completely lost his head and stamped on Kane Dryden.
This opened the game up for Combe, who really should have put the game to bed with a string of clear cut chances. Craig Allan saw a header tipped over, Stan Paxton raced clear of the defence but lobbed over both keeper and goal, Steve Holland had a one-on-one saved at the near post, Kane Dryden was denied with just the keeper to beat and Jamie Bright was off target with the goal gapping.
The Bluebirds would rue these missed opportunities Manor Farm hit back and made it 2-1 from a corner with the last kick of the first half.
Combe never got going in the second half, Manor Farm sat deep and rarely looked like they had a man less.
The home side took a deserved 3-1 lead with a quick counter attack and never looked like throwing that lead away even when they missed a late penalty.
“That’s a massive opportunity missed today,” said Ilfracombe manager Ross Middleton. “We should have won the game in the first half; the chances we created weren’t good they were excellent.
“Credit to Manor Farm though, we defended poorly all afternoon and they punished us for that, even with ten men.
“We had five lads making their Western League debuts for the club today - that’s not an excuse - some of them played brilliantly and they’ll only get better.”