Bristol Manor Farm’s preparations ahead of the 2022/23 season continue to gather pace, as the club will face strong Western League opposition both home and away this week. First, the club travels to Manager Lee Lashenko’s former club Bishop Sutton on Tuesday evening, followed by a home clash against Roman Glass at The Creek on Thursday. In our latest interview, we caught up with Lashenko ahead of this week’s action.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Bishop Sutton and seeing some old faces,” Lashenko said. “I spent six very happy years at the club, including securing the Western League Premier Division title.”

“There’s extra incentive however, as all gate receipts will be donated to the Ben Saunders foundation – a charity linked to the young man who tragically lost his battle to cancer.

“Everyone who is part of the committee at Bristol Manor Farm will be purchasing a ticket on gate, with all proceeds going towards the charity,” Lashenko expressed.

On the field, Lashenko insists that himself and his back room team will have their minds ‘made up’ with regards to who will be featuring against Bashley on August 13.

“My players have had a very good pre-season, and I’ve all but made my mind up with who will be featuring against Bashley – unless any further injuries occur.

“I do still have a couple small decisions to make, but by end-of-play Thursday, I believe that we will be in a strong position ahead of the new season,” said Lashenko.

In addition to Bishop Sutton, Lashenko heaped praise on Thursday night’s opponents Roman Glass, and hoped for another positive turnout at The Creek once again.

“Roman Glass are another club that I have huge amounts of respect for. Like ourselves, they’re a club who like to encourage youth and believe in their own identity. They have a good mix of older heads and younger players coming through, so we are fully aware of the threat that they pose.

“I was pleased to see our supporters turn out at The Creek once again, and I was happy that we could reward them with five goals and none conceded. From a manager’s perspective, it was also pleasing to see Ben, Gos, Owen and Marcus all to contribute to the scoreline. Goals breed confidence, and we will be looking to do exactly the same this week.” Lashenko said.

The Farm’s match against Bishop Sutton will now commence at 7:30, and we hope to see as many of the Farmy Army in attendance and support the Ben Saunders Foundation – more can be found here:

On Thursday night, supporters can enjoy the match for as little as £5 for adults, £3 for concessions, and £1 for U16s. Kick-off is at 7:45pm.