Bristol Manor Farm vs Bashley FC – 03/12/22, 12:30pm KO.
Manor Farm host Bashley at The BS3 Services Stadium in the reversal of the opening day fixture. Saturday’s early kick-off is set to be a cracker, and you can read Jack Davies’ preview below.
Nickname – The Bash
Stadium – Bashley Road (128 miles)
Founded – 1947
Manager – Matt Tubbs
Star man – Harry McGrath
Notable former player – Wade Elliot
Last season – Promoted
Last match – 8-0 win over Lymington
Fun fact – They reached the FA Cup second round in 1994-95
Bashley have started their first season back in this division in superb form, and despite some autumnal worries, they still find themselves sitting pretty in 8th position. Harry McGrath was excellent in the first meeting on opening day and forward Adam Grange is fresh off a midweek hattrick in the cup against Lymington Town – to which they won 8-0.
Farm have been struggling defensively but goals have come with recent improved performances. Owen Howe got back amongst the goals in midweek and Farm have scored in all but one of their last 10 home games.
Farm are in worrying form results wise but have picked up in performance and will feel very hard done by their last two late defeats. Bashley picked up their first league win in three last week and will also be hugely buoyed by scoring eight in midweek against Lymington. The game will be Matt Tubbs’ first official game as permanent manager.