MATCH PREVIEW: BMF vs Bideford AFC (FA Trophy)
Bristol Manor Farm v Bideford 24/09/22, 3pm KO (FA Trophy)
Manor Farm host Bideford for the second time already this season as the two sides lock horns in the FA Trophy
Nickname – The Robins
Stadium – The Sports Ground (103 miles)
Founded – 1947 (re-founded)
Manager – Sean Joyce
Star man – Craig Duff
Notable former player – Paul Connolly
Last season – 12th
Last result – 3-0 win against Willand
Fun fact – They’ve reached the FA Cup proper on two occasions.
Bideford haven’t conceded to Farm in the last 3 meetings, proving their defensive capabilities. Goalkeeper Adam Seedhouse-Evans took many of the plaudits in the sides’ last minute and he is well protected by a solid defence. Wide men Craig Duff and Javan Wright provide the bulk of their attacking quality.
Farm’s man in form is winger Marcus Day. He has 2 in 2 games and is a constant threat. Teenage sensation Evander Grubb has 2 in the FA Trophy already whilst the returning Owen Howe will be looking to add to his 4 goals this term in all competitions. Ben John in the Farm goal looks as resilient as ever and will be hoping for back-to-back clean sheets against Bideford.
Both sides only have one win this season, in the previous round of this competition. They’re also both joint specialists, sharing seven between them already. Farm earned a solid point against league favourites Frome last week, though they’d have wanted all three points after a much improved and largely dominant performance. Bideford haven’t played since the first round of the Trophy, where they won by three goals.