Wins 'just around the corner' for Mangos
Published on: 02 Oct 2017
MANGOTSFIELD United will be hoping October sees a change in ther fortunes after a terrible start to the season.
They have lost five of their first seven league games and are close to the bottom of the Evo Stik Southern League South with just four points. They have also been knocked out of the FA Cup and the Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Cup in the first rounds.
Their only victory came on August 26 when they beat Bishops Cleeve 2-0 at Cossham Street under caretaker manager and goalkeeping legend Steve Phillips, who took charge after the resignation of David Mehew.
Phillips has since left the club to take up a full-time coaching position at League Two cloub Yeovil Town and Mangos have signed 19-year-old Dutch goalie Thom Jonkerman on a month’s loan from Bristol Rovers.
Meanwhile, the new team of manager Wayne Thorne and assistant David Seal - both former Mangotsfield players - have promised more changes after starting their reign with four straight defeats against Swindon Supermarine, Bristol Manor Farm and Winchester City in the league and Cinderford Town in the cup.
To add to their woes, the team bus did not show up for the trip to Winchester, meaning makeshift journeys by car for all.
Before that game, Thorne told the club’s website that everyone was now playing for their place and needed to turn positive performances into victories. He has already made some signings and more are expected.
“Players have been playing in their comfort zone at the club and the honeymoon period is now over.
“We have to work harder and concentrate for the full 90 minutes in games, especially on our travels.
“We need to stop making mistakes defensively which has gifted goals away and be more clinical at the attacking end of the pitch. If we can do that I feel results are just Forthcoming home matches are:
• Sat 30 September – Slimbridge
Sat 7 October – Thame United (FA Trophy)
Sat 21 October – Larkhall Athletic
Sat 4 November – Cirencester Town
Commercial manager Martin Preedy said: “We have kept our admission prices unchanged at £8 and £5 concessions with all U16’s having free entry. As far as our community participation goes, we have recently had a visit by a local scouts group to an evening match – the scouts and helpers all having free entry. If any other local groups are interested in visiting, get in touch with me on 07887 532 826.”
He added:”Finally, we are more than just a football club and have two bars in our clubhouse that are busy every night of the week. It’s thetime of the year to plan your Christmas and New Year parties, so contact the clubhouse on 0117 956 0119.”