AFTER another quiet spell at Mangotsfield United because of the weather, the club were unexpectedly in the news – following a nil-nil draw.
While goalless games are not usually of note, the outcome of the Mangos’ visit to Bashley United was a cause for celebration for the home club.
It gave them their first point of the season, ending a dismal spell in which they had played and lost 26 games, conceding 124 goals – about five per match.
Mangotsfield spokesman Martin Preedy said ruefully: “In football terms they ‘parked the bus’ meaning a 10 man defence and no intention of trying to score. Our keeper got frostbite...”
Bashley’s relative success earned them national coverage and Mangotsfield’s manager Dave Mehew was interviewed about the game on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Earlier in February, three matches were postponed because of the wet spell. The two that went ahead resulted in another 0-0, with Shortwood United and a 3-0 victory at Wimborne Town.
The rain had one benefit – it meant that Ryan Batten missed only two league games before recovering from his dislocated shoulder. Promising young defender Alfie Kilgour, 17, has been signed on loan from Bristol Rovers.
March fixtures are:
Sat 5 home to Banbury
Sat 12 home to Bridgwater Town
Sat 19 away to North Leigh
Sat 26 away to Taunton Town
Mon 28 home to Swindon Supermarine (Easter Monday)