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Bowers & Pitsea FC
Coggershall Town
C Leahy (8'), L Manor (65', 77')
Full time
Sat 19 Jan 15:00 - League Attendance 161

Manor is Head and Shoulders above Coggeshall


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.

Key moments

Goal Callum Leahy scores for Bowers & Pitsea FC
Goal Lewis Manor scores for Bowers & Pitsea FC
Goal Lewis Manor scores for Bowers & Pitsea FC


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90:00 Sub On
James Thomas is substituted on for Bowers & Pitsea FC
90:00 Sub Off
Quentin Monville is substituted off for Bowers & Pitsea FC
89:00 Sub On
Max Cornhill is substituted on for Bowers & Pitsea FC
89:00 Sub Off
David Knight is substituted off for Bowers & Pitsea FC
84:00 Sub Off
Brad Warner is substituted off for Bowers & Pitsea FC
84:00 Sub On
Jamie Dicks is substituted on for Bowers & Pitsea FC
77:00 Goal 3 - 0
Lewis Manor scores for Bowers & Pitsea FC
65:00 Goal 2 - 0
Lewis Manor scores for Bowers & Pitsea FC
58:00 Yellow Card
Martyn Stokes is yellow carded for Bowers & Pitsea FC
End of period 1
8:00 Goal 1 - 0
Callum Leahy scores for Bowers & Pitsea FC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bowers & Pitsea FC
  • Coggershall Town
  • 0
  • Callum Leahy Goal 8:00'
  • Martyn Stokes Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Lewis Manor Goal 65:00'
  • Lewis Manor Goal 77:00'
  • Brad Warner Sub Off 84:00'
  • Jamie Dicks Sub On 84:00'
  • David Knight Sub Off 89:00'
  • Max Cornhill Sub On 89:00'
  • Quentin Monville Sub Off 90:00'
  • James Thomas Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Wilton, Andrew Wilton, Andrew
Sammons, Ryan Sammons, Ryan
Clark, Lewis Clark, Lewis
Warner, Brad Warner, Brad
Stokes, Martyn Stokes, Martyn
Stephen, Thomas Stephen, Thomas
Monville, Quentin Monville, Quentin
Sartain, Ben Sartain, Ben
Manor, Lewis Manor, Lewis
Knight, David Knight, David
Leahy, Callum Leahy, Callum


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