Cinderford Town manager Paul Michael described his side’s 3-1 over Mangotsfield United as “pleasing” following his side’s comfortable performance.
The Foresters took the lead in the 14th minute after Sammie Hicks’ long throw fell to forward James Harding. Harding, who had his back to goal showed great agility to hit it on the turn and saw his shot trickle past Mangoes keeper Jakob Glover.
And from there Cinderford were in complete control of the contest and never really looked like not winning the game.
As the first half wore on though Michael’s men became frustrated, but the visitors were unable to capitalise on the mistakes creeping into the Cinderford players’ game.
Then on the half hour mark Blaine Waugh played the ball down the right side and followed the pass. Flicks from Andy Lewis and then Lewis Bamford saw the ball through to Harding, but his effort was saved by Glover.
The ball came loose from the block and Waugh was on hand to stroke the ball home and double his side’s lead.
After the break centre back Liam Angel swept home a third following a corner being headed down by centre back Matthew Bower.
Chances came and went for substitutes Kieran Alder and Aaron Basford, as the hosts looked to put the result out of sight, but the final goal came when Kieran James brought down his man in the box and Daniel McBeam netted a consolation from the spot.
But in the end Cinderford were worthy winners and could have won by a bigger margin if it wasn’t for Glover, who produced a string of fine stops late on.
The result sees Cinderford move up to 8th in the Southern League South Division and Paul Michael told us after the game he was very happy with his side’s work.
“I’m very pleased [with the performance],” said Michael. “The surface was really difficult and it doesn’t matter who you play against, you have to get as many three points as possible.
There were things that we were really pleased with, as well as things that we can still improve on. But we have to be happy with the three points.
We were in control of the game for large parts and we could have won by more goals, but we know you aren’t going to score with every shot you have, so we are pleased with the win as well as the performance.”
The win sees Cinderford move to four points off the play-offs with a game in hand over a number of sides above them in the table and know that consistency will be needed to make a play-off spot. But Michael admits that his side can only concentrate on themselves between now and the end of the season.
“We have to concentrate on our own performance between now and the end of the season though, there are a number of sides who are fighting for that play-off space and the team who’s best at the end of the season will get in there,” Michael added.
Next up for the Foresters is a trip to Bristol Manor Farm next Saturday (29th February) before hosting AFC Totton at the Causeway the following weekend.