With last Saturday’s FA Cup defeat well and truly behind the Farmers, attention turns to an action-packed Bank Holiday weekend of football in the Southern League. First, Larkhall Athletic visits The Creek on Saturday, before Farm makes the short trip north to Slimbridge on Monday. As ever, Jack Davies is on hand to bring you up to speed ahead of both matches.

Manor Farm v Larkhall Athletic – 27/08/22, 3pm KO

Slimbridge AFC v Manor Farm – 29/08/22 3pm KO


Nickname – The Larks
Stadium – Plain Ham (24 miles)
Founded – 1914
Manager – Ollie Price
Star man – Harry Brock
Notable former player – Yan Klukowski
Last season – 11th
Last result – 4-2 win against Cowes
Fun fact – The club lost use of their ground in the late 40s and had to go several years without playing football.


Nickname – The Swans
Stadium – Thornhill park (24 miles)
Founded – 1902
Manager – Tom Speers
Star man – Will Hawes
Last season – 14th
Last result – 1-0 win against Flackley
Fun fact – They won 4 different leagues between 2006 and 2010.

The Larks

Larkhall lost their opening two league games but have been boosted by an FA Cup win, at the second attempt, this midweek. They boasted four different scorers in that win, including talismanic captain Dan Restorick. Attacking options include former Farm striker Shea Mannings who isn’t the only former farmer in the side. Centre back Sam Boulton marshalls the Larks’ defensive line, after spending a year and a half at the Creek. Both players scored in their previous league game.

The Swans

Like Saturday’s visitors, Slimbridge also lost both their opening league fixtures but are coming in off the back of a cup win. They are a team with lots of class in attack, forwards Will Hawes and Ethan Dunbar are joined by Marley Thomas, who went viral for his celebration gif last weekend! Goalkeeper Lewis Adams is also highly dependable at this level.

The Farm

Farm have had a tricky start to the season and are still awaiting their first win. Chances are still coming thick and fast and it feels only a matter of time before the goals start to fly. Farm are also boosted by the returns to fitness of Mike Bryant and will be very pleased to see Theo Llewelyn back in the side. Striker Kye Simpson has looked incredibly lively off the bench in all 3 games so far and could knock on the door for a start.