Jones was dismissed for violent conduct
after a sudden moment of madness against Mangotsfield's Drew
Lynn's third successive draw saw them lose ground on the leading
pack in the Southern League standings.
Manager Tommy Taylor had few
complaints about Jones' early bath, saying: "Adam has let himself and his
"I thought the referee lost control at times, but I've
got no qualms with the sending-off.
"Adam elbowed the lad and then went
to head-butt him. You just can't do those kind of things and the other players
have let him know that.
"You have to say that losing Adam cost us the
game. We were completely dominating when it happened, but were then forced to
"I don't usually come out and praise my players, but I
couldn't have asked any more from them in terms of commitment.
themselves into the ground when we were a player short."
"We worked ever so hard and the players are a disappointed bunch in the changing
"For an hour against the leaders with 10 men you couldn't honestly
say that we were second best throughout and I thought Halesowen were a better
side last weekend."
On an afternoon of milestones, Taylor opted to field
his most experienced side with both Sam McMahon and Jack Defty returning to the
starting line up.
Defty's inclusion paid dividends when with three
minutes on the clock, he squared the ball to Bloomfield to side-foot home his
50th goal for the club.
The same pair combined shortly after following a
long John Higgs goal-kick, but Bloomfield wasted the opportunity to double
Like their namesakes Man Utd from Old Trafford in the
last week, Mangotsfield were all at sea early on, with goalkeeper Danny Greaves
playing an embarrassing part in what can only be described as a pantomime
performance on his part.
Greaves lent Lynn a helping hand with a strange
throw which hit Bloomfield on the back of his head, which The Walks outfit
failed to take advantage of, before a suspect parry to thwart Cedric Anselin.
Chances were few and far between for the visitors, who were
handed a lifeline when Jones clearly hit out at Shore, with both players on
yellow cards for earlier infringements.
Jones could perhaps count himself
unlucky for his earlier yellow after clearly winning back the ball, but referee
Mr Blackledge was left with no other alternative than to issue the defender a
straight red for his loss of temper.
Both captains were given a stern
lecture by the man in the middle, who had helped matters reach boiling point
with some of his decision making.
Lynn continued to hold the upper hand,
but they were unable to find a second goal.
A breakdown in communication
between Grant Cooper and Dean West nearly gifted Luke Prince an equaliser six
minutes before the break.
Two minutes before the break Lynn's best chance
of a second goal eluded them when Defty's goalbound header was hacked off the
line by Mark Summers.
The second period was always going to provide a
different kind of test with Mangotsfield holding a one-man advantage.
it wasn't until midway through the half that the visitors levelled with their
first effort on target.
Man United's Ross Casey provided a centre from
the left and substitute David Anyinsah bundled the ball home.
strength and pace caused Lynn all kinds of problems and four minutes later he
turned provider for Robbie Claridge to force John Higgs into an impressive
Lynn: Higgs, West, Smith, McMahon, Cooper, Jones, Camm, Anselin
(Hammond 76), Bloomfield, Defty, O'Halloran. Subs (not used): Fell, Harvey,
Bookings: Cooper, Jones.
Sending-off: Adam Jones, for violent
Goal: Bloomfield (3).
Mangotsfield: Greaves, Summers, Shore
(Anyinsah 53), Cousins, Warren, Wilmot, Lane (Ball 81), Casey, Claridge, Seal (Zabek 20), Prince. Sub (not used): White.
Bookings: Shore, Wilmot,
Goal: Anyinsah (66).
Referee: M. Blackledge
(Peterborough). Attendance: 832.