LASHENKO AHEAD OF PAULTON

Back in August, Manager Lee Lashenko expressed that ‘something special’ is right around the corner for Bristol Manor Farm Football Club, as the Farm entered the 2021/22 Southern League Division One South season. Fast forward five months and 25 matches, the Farm host Paulton Rovers at The Creek looking to make it six consecutive victories – and continue their stampede for a play-off position. In our latest interview, we spoke to Lashenko ahead of Saturday’s fixture.

“Each passing match is starting to feel more like a cup match,” Lashenko began. “There’s an extra edge to matches now, and things are starting to look great for us.

“If you look at our current form, we’ve only lost once in our previous 10 games, and credit to the players who started to build that form just before December,” Lashenko said.

Two individuals who have comfortably stepped into the Lashenko’s shoes as ‘stand-in managers’ is current player Stuart Tovey and Assistant Manager Grantley Dicks.

“Grantley and Stuart are looking after the players very well at the minute, and I’m asking them to give us all an extra push while I’m not on the touch line,” Lashenko said.

“They’re both fantastic individuals, and I’m grateful for everything they’re doing for our club,” said Lashenko.

It’s not just the Farm’s back room staff who should receive heaps of praise, but the Farmy Army themselves who have travelled up and down the country to support the team this season; and Manager Lashenko couldn’t thank the supporters enough for sticking with him as we approach the ‘business-end’ of the Southern League season.

“The most important to people to give you confidence is the supporters, and the support that the Farmy Army have given us is remarkable,” Lashenko expressed.

“Supporters can make or break a player, but I know that these fans are right behind me and my players, as I’ve found with my own experiences this season. We need them more than ever, and there is an opportunity here to make this season the most successful in our proud history,” said Lashenko.

“I know I won’t be at the match, but I hope as many of you can make it down to The Creek and show your support to Grantley, Stuart and the players once again,” Lashenko said.