Simpson returns to lift Mangos

November 22 2021

NEW signing Kye Simpson has had an immediate effect for Mangotsfield United, scoring four goals in his first two matches.
Simpson had a previous spell at Cossham Street and later played for Evesham United but more recently had been playing for Chipping Sodbury Town.
In his first game, at home to Paulton, Simpson scored for the hosts on 12 & 84 minutes, but unfortunately Paulton striker Leighton Thomas did even better, bagging all four goals for the visitors, on 13, 43, 66 and 69 minutes, the latter two being penalties.
Nonetheless, it was a much improved performance by the Mangos, and having a proven Southern League striker in Kye Simpson up front made an immediate difference to the whole team.  
The team's visit to Bristol Manor Farm may have been 'only' a Gloucestershire FA Trophy tie, but that didn’t matter, as the Mangos tore into the hosts and came away with an amazing 4-0 away win, proving that they were never too far away from putting a team to the sword.
Farm were hampered by the sending off of Kyle Tooze on 30 minutes with a straight red card.
Kye Simpson had already put the Mangos ahead on 22 minutes, and made it 2-0 before Wayne Nderemani added a third in first half stoppage time. The hosts had more of the play after the break, but Mangotsfield were able to cope with Farm’s 10 men and Daniel McBeam added a fourth goal with 10 minutes to go to wrap up a memorable win, which saw another new signing, Sam Larkins, playing in central defence.
The Paulton fixture followed a 2-0 home league defeat to Melksham Town, despite a spirited performance, and a 3-0 loss in their first meeting with Lymington Town, who were the stronger side in the first half and scored all their goals before the break.
Writing in the club programme before the Paulton Rovers match, manager Ray Johnston summed up the first 3 months of the season, saying: "Looking back at our performances, there have only been two or three games in which we have been thoroughly outplayed, and in quite a few games, we have been the better team for long periods of the games, but a lot of the goals we have conceded this season have been self-destructive; so if we can eradicate these mistakes and strengthen the team in the attacking areas as we overcome injuries and unavailability, then we should, hopefully, start converting performances into points."
He said the situation was not "all doom and gloom" but the club needs to start picking up points to stay in contention with the teams just above us in the league.
Dave Smale

Forthcoming fixtures:
Nov 20: Sholing (away)             
Nov 27: Frome Town (away)    
Dec 4: Barnstaple (home)
Dec 11: Cirencester Town (away)
Dec 18: Winchester City  (home)