Wimborne Town v Bristol Manor Farm (Fa Trophy) 13/09/22, 7:30pm KO
Manor Farm travels to Wimborne in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy.
Nickname – The Magpies
Stadium – New Cuthbury (82 miles)
Founded – 1878
Manager – James Stokoe
Star man – Oakley Hanger
Notable former player – Luther Blissett
Last season – 22nd (Premier South)
Last result – 1-0 defeat to Dorchester
Fun fact – Wimborne spent 23 years in the Wessex League and never finished outside the top 8.
Wimborne are back in the same league as Farm after four years and despite some players coming and going, they still retain a strong spine of that side who battled away at step 3. Full back Oakley Hanger is a creator and a goal scorer and wide man Dan Bartlett is up there with any winger in the division. Defenders Ashley Wells and Jordan Rose protect excellent young keeper Tom Parker-Trott.
Farm are not finding goals hard to come by despite the form and is improving every game. Hard-hitting defender Josh Ford got his first minutes of the season at the weekend and will only improve as his match fitness goes. Owen Howe already has four this season and Jake Gosling got off the mark for the season last week and will be a constant threat as he looks to add to his tally.
It’s been a mixed bag for the hosts with two wins and two defeats from their four league games so far. They’ll be hoping the legs hold up after two gruelling 90 minutes in the FA Cup against Dorchester, who were compounded by their opponents’ last-minute winner in the second game. Farm are still winless this season but players returning is a welcome plus and they’ll be hoping a cup win could kick off a resurgence in league form.