Mangos hold on to GFA prize
Published on: 02 Jun 2014
MANGOTSFIELD United rounded off the season with some silverware – though not as much as they deserved.
The first team retained the GFA Senior Challenge Cup by beating Bristol City 3-0 at Oaklands Park while the youth team won the Somerset Floodlit League by four points but did not receive their trophy because the club is withdrawing from the league next season.
The GFA victory was a fillip for the club after a poor end to the 2013-14 season in the Calor League Division One South and West.
A first-half opener from Matt Sysum was followed by second-half goals from Josh Egan and Lewis Powell as Mangotsfield comfortably beat a young City side.
Alongside manager Richard Thompson was former Bristol City star Mickey Bell, who joined Mangos after losing his job as manager of Clevedon Town.
But Bell was on his way again within weeks, after being appointed manager of Weston-super-Mare.
The club are now preparing for next season. Pre-season fixtures are being arranged and the club have asked fans for ideas on changes to match programmes. Season ticket prices are unchanged. Tickets bought before June 30are at the early bird price £100 for adults and £50 for children, rising to £140 and £70.
Meanwhile the youth team, managed b y Calvin Monelle, made it two successes out of three by taking their league title, having previously won the GYFA Under-18 shield with a 2-0 win over Frampton United.
They also narrowly missed winning the Roger Stone Memorial Cup, losing 2-1 in the final to Weston-super-Mare.
The youth team clinched the league after a season which included 13 wins, one draw and two losses.
Their success came in spite of losing key players.
Goalie Rhys Baird was kept out of action through a knee injury and striker Liam Monelle was signed by Bristol City. The two players managed just one league game each, making the team’s
league win even more impressive.
In an official statement the club said the decision not to run a youth team for 2014/15 had been a unanimous decision by the four directors and was not taken lightly.
In a statement issued on April 17, chairman Mike Richardson said: “We consulted widely in reaching our decision. There is no single factor that swayed the decision. Rather it was a combination of multiple issues that led to the 4-0 vote.”
The Somerset Floodlit League confirmed that Mangotsfield youth players would receive their medals but would not be presented with a trophy, saying that it was a “committee decision”.