After a heavy defeat to Penybont six days ago, Bristol Manor Farm will dust themselves down as they prepare to take on Shirehampton at The Creek on Friday evening. Speaking to the club from his short trip away to Portugal, Manager Lee Lashenko reflects on last Saturday’s defeat, and what we can expect from tomorrow night’s pre-season friendly at The Creek.

Penybont showed their class, and they’re one of, if not, the best side we’ve faced,” Lashenko said.

“During the first half, I saw moments where we were able to match them, but in the second half, the better team won.

“Losing heavily is never pleasant, but we must thank the club and secretary Rachael for organising the match, from which we will learn from. Penybont were a class side and we wish them good luck for the new season,” Lashenko said.

In less than 24 hours time, Lashenko’s men will return to The Creek for the first time since the scintillating 2-2 draw against Winchester City on the last day of the 2021/22 season. The Farm’s opponents Shirehampton, however, will be no strangers to The Creek – having agreed a ground share deal prior to last year’s campaign. As with all matches, Lashenko emphasised the importance of giving respect to Shire.

“I have the utmost respect for what Chair Pete McCall and Manager Liam Greening are doing at the club, and they have my full support ahead of their new season in the Toolstation Western League next year,” said Lashenko.

“I’ve had conversations with my players about expectations, and we will be taking Shirehampton very seriously. We want to win the game, and for us to show a bit more consistency in our performances.

“As happy as I was at 5-0, I was just as pleased with 0-0 at half time against Ashton & Backwell – because we were creating chances and working well as a unit. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to repeat that against Penybont, but we’re looking forward to playing back at The Creek and in front of our home supporters,” Lashenko expressed.

Supporters can gain entry to The Creek at a reduced price, with Adults ticket prices falling to just £5, concessions at £3 and Under-16s at £1. We hope to see as many of the Farmy Army at The Creek for what’s set to be an enjoying evening of local football.