It will be Bristol Manor Farm’s second match at The Creek against Sean Joyce’s Bideford, but the stakes are different now, as the Farmers will seek to reach the third round of the Isuzu FA Trophy.

Recent weeks have seen a shift in the atmosphere at The Creek, and with attacking, free-flowing football on display, performances have started showing the Farmy Army that there’s plenty to look forward to this season. The past seven days were almost ‘perfect’ as described by Manager Lee Lashenko, with the Farm defeating a strong Wimborne side away from home in the previous FA Trophy round and leading 1-0 for 89 minutes against one of the league’s favourites in Frome Town.

Speaking to the club, Manager Lashenko expressed his confidence in his players and is hopeful for what’s to come this year.

“The last couple of displays have been excellent. The Wimborne match’s result backed up our display, and against Frome, we were very very close to making it two impressive consecutive victories,” Lashenko began.

“Our goal in every match, regardless if it’s in the Southern League or Trophy, we want to show respect to our opponents and ensure that we have that positive feeling at the end of the match. Saturday was almost the perfect day, but understandably we left the afternoon feeling slightly frustrated that we didn’t take all three points.”

Bideford will be no stranger to Manor Farm, with the Robins making their second trip north to Bristol already this year. Despite an onslaught of chances for Farm, Bideford’s backline showed extreme discipline and determination to play out a goalless draw. Having that ‘homework’ on Saturday’s opponents, Lashenko knows that his side needs to be ruthless in their approach if they are to progress in the competition.

“They look like they’ve improved massively since last and have become a much better side since we played them. It shows that the standard of the division has gone up again this year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I think a lot of points will be shared with good teams, which will make it a more competitive division for lots of teams,” Lashenko expressed.

With kick-off at 3pm, Come on down to The Creek and show your full support once again. Ticket information can be found HERE.