Manager Lashenko ahead of Willand Rovers

Bristol Manor Farm Manager Lee Lashenko says new signings will add extra strength to his side ahead of the club’s final seven league matches. In our latest interview, we caught up with the boss ahead of Saturday’s fixture.

Following the completion of Southern League paperwork, Lashenko will have striker Kye Simpson available for selection, along with fellow new signing George Fowler and defender Mason Winter who has recovered from a knee injury.

“Just before our last unbeaten run, I said that our biggest downfall would be unavailability. We’ve now brought in Kye and George who are going to strengthen our options, and we haven’t got any injuries to report on which will put us in good stead for Saturday’s match,” Lashenko said.

The Farm were pegged back midway through the second-half at Slimbridge, but Lashenko was pleased with his sides resiliency and feels that three points could have been secured on another day.

“If you look at all of our matches at Thornhill Park – we’ve only ever had one comfortable match there. It’s a tough place to go, and Slimbridge are working hard on and off the field to be a successful as they can be,” Lashenko expressed.

“We took the lead through another set piece, but were undone on the counter shortly after half time. We had a number of chances to score again, and I think that on another afternoon we’d have scored two or three. We’ll take the point and look ahead to another big match on the weekend against Willand.

“We’ve got seven cup finals to go, and I feel that as a squad we’re in a very good place.”

Earlier this week, Lashenko joined BBC Radio Bristol Sport’s Richard Hoskin to discuss the club’s efforts to support the Ukraine crisis.

“For our last match the players and coaches wore blue and yellow armbands, and the supporters proudly displayed the Farmy Army Ukraine flag that was given to me just after my dad passed,” Lashenko said.

“Myself and Tony ‘The Scarecrow’ Parsons will be driving from Dover to France, and then across Europe to Poland to deliver care packages for the people of Ukraine.”

You can listen to the full interview with Lashenko here:

We hope to see as many of you at Saturday’s match which kicks off at 3pm. Come on down and show your support for Lee, Grantley, Stowey, and the team. You can read our match preview here: