Manor is Head and Shoulders above Coggeshall
By Dean Wootten
Manor scores double as Bowers secure 3-2 win
Saturday 12th January
The Len Salmon Stadium
Kick Off: 15:00
Bostick Division One North
Referee: Karl Sear
Assistant Referees: Peter Wilson & Lukas Wood
Lewis Manor scored a headed double as Bowers & Pitsea came out 3-2 winners in a cracking contest against Coggeshall Town. With all three of Bowers goals coming from corners, Callum Leahy headed the hosts ahead but Nnmadi Nwachuku equalised shortly after the break. Manor scored the first of his double to restore Bowers lead but Nwachuku again levelled for the visitors. But Manor was to have the final say as he head the league leaders into the lead for a third time to give Bowers all three points.
Bowers remained unchanged following their 3-0 win against AFC Sudbury as Rob Small once again went with a front four of Knight, Manor, Monville and Warner.
Bowers started well and created the first chance of the game, Quentin Monville standing the ball up for Lewis Manor but the striker headed over. It did not take long for Bowers to take the lead as in the eight minute Callum Leahy headed home. David Knight swung in a corner which beat Danny Sambridge and Leahy was on hand to head the hosts in front.
Had it not been for Sambridge Bowers would have been out of sight by the half an hour mark. First, the Coggeshall number one produced a sensational save to tip Monville’s drive onto the post, before getting down smartly keeping Warner at bay.
Coggeshall looked to use the aerial ability of Ross Wall as their main outlet, and it was his knock down to Connor Hubble that saw the visitors create their only chance of the first half, but Hubble’s acrobatic attempt fell gratefully into the arms of Andy Wilton.
Bowers should have doubled their advantage shortly after the break as Warner’s pinpoint free kick found Leahy in space, but having already head home, the midfielder opted to volley his effort goalwards but it instead ballooned over the bar.
The miss proved pivotal as just minutes later Nwachuku drew Coggeshall level. Having cleared a Bowers corner the visitors broke quickly and Michael Gyasi picked out Nwachuku in space. The Coggeshall forward took aim before bending a beautiful strike into the top corner, leaving Wilton with no chance.
The goal saw momentum swing into the favour of Coggeshall and the Seedgrowers dominated the next few minutes with Gyasi going closest as he forced Wilton to tip his strike over the bar. From the resulting corner, Wall rose high at the front post but could only direct his header wide.
Bowers were able to weather the Coggeshall storm and went close to regaining the lead when Ben Sartain clipped a ball forward for Warner, but he could only head over. Knight then thought he had put the hosts back ahead having rounded Sambridge but his goalbound strike was cleared by Jamie Shaw for a corner. It was from that corner that Manor headed Bowers back in front as he peeled away from the pack to head home Warner’s corner.
The lead did not last long though as Nwachuku was again able to bring he scores level. This time he was given a helping hand by Wilton as the Bowers goalkeeper though he had done enough to tip the ball over, but he had in fact got to much on the save and the ball simply looped up and dropped into the corner of the net.
Just five minutes later Manor scored a carbon copy of the second goal to put Bowers ahead for the third time in the match and this time the hosts were able to hang on and claim a massive three points.