Bristol Manor Farm Football Club is delighted to announce three new deals ahead of the 2021/22 Southern League Division One South season. Goalkeeper Ben John, Defender Sam Boulton, and returning Striker Ben Bament have all agreed on new contracts as the Farm’s summer preparations continue to gather pace.

John has been a standout player at the Farm for a number of years now, and this move will come as a delight for the club as we look forward to the new season. Manager Lee Lashenko spoke to the club regarding John’s new contract: “Ben’s an infectious character, and everyone at the Creek can see that.

“He’s someone that you want with you every step of the way. I really do think that his ability shouldn’t be undervalued as he’s such a high-caliber player – we’re really lucky to have his services for next year.

“Harry will be able to learn and compete alongside Ben, and it’s really exciting to see who will end up as our number one, “Lashenko said.

Sam Boulton will join up with the Farm’s plethora of talented players including Aron Robbins, Mason Winter, Josh Ford, Steve Kingdon, and Stuart Tovey. Despite being only 23, Boulton has a vast range of experience – including playing alongside Ford in the Yate Town side that won promotion in 2019.

Manager Lashenko also expressed his delight in acquiring Boulton’s services for next season: “Like Ben John, Sam is another player that I hold with high regard.

“He’s a very mature, quality player,” Lashenko began. “He understands the game really well and can spot attacking movements before they’ve even happened. For someone who’s only 23 years of age, his performances display the abilty of someone who’s ten years older than he currently is. Like Ben, we’re very happy to have Sam join us for next year,” Lashenko said.

Bament originally joined the Farm in the 2017/18 season, contributing a couple of goals in his short spell at the Creek. Throughout his career, the exciting forward has scored over 50 goals in this division and above for clubs such as Ashton & Backwell, Clevedon Town, Mangotsfield United, and Paulton Rovers.

Bament marked his return to the club in a memorable fashion as he scored in yesterday’s 3-3 draw with Westfields. 

Speaking to the club, Bament commented: “I’ve really missed the place if I’m being honest. I have fond memories of my time at the club, and of course, playing a part in the club’s promotion was a great achievement.

“I needed a new challenge. After speaking to Laz (Lee Lashenko), and hearing his ambitions of gaining promotion, this move couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve had a look at the fixtures and I do believe that the league is there for the taking. We’ve certainly got the right quality that’s required, and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in,” Bament said.

I’m sure you will all join us in welcoming the Farm’s three additions back to the Creek this summer. Come on you Farm!