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Posted Wednesday, May 23rd 2018

Mangotsfield triumph in Woodcock Shield

Mangotsfield Year 10s overcame their Abbeywood counterparts at Ashton Gate last night to retain the historic Woodcock Shield.

The trophy stretches back to 1907 and the South Gloucestershire school are the first to defend their title in 27 years.

The Mangos took a third-minute lead through Isaac Flynn who turned architect when he assisted Seb Scott, who powered home a left-wing header to double the defending champions' advantage.

As half-time approached, Flynn and Scott linked up again when the latter raced through on goal and calmly slotted an effort beyond Joel Allen.

With everything to do in the second period, Abbeywood flew out the traps and almost reduced the deficit, but Kinsley Murray’s cross-shot was headed away by the well-positioned Max Wiltshire, which prompted a Mangotsfield response.

The lively Flynn advanced forward with real menace and the ball was played into Louis Short, who converted from close range.

Rather than let their heads drop, Abbeywood continued to push forward and their efforts were rewarded when Smith surged into the area, before Murray produced a first-class finish.

However, the Mangos hit straight back and two minutes later Short produced the best individual attack of the evening when he danced his way through midfield and drilled an effort beyond Allen from 25-yards to confirm the victory.

The match formed part of the Celebration of Sport Week, which highlights the positive work of the four sporting charities – Bristol Sport Foundation, Bristol City Community Trust, Bristol Rugby Community Foundation, Bristol Flyers Community and Bristol Jets Community – with festivals, exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the stadium.

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