This Saturday, Lee Lashenko’s Bristol Manor Farm FC return to competitive action for their first pre-season fixture against Cymru South side Llantwit Major at Windmill for a 1 pm Kick-Off. This week, we caught up with the Gaffer who shared his thoughts ahead of the fixture.
After the success of the club’s mid-season friendly matches and the Steve Hillier Memorial Cup in April, Manor Farm will be looking to step up its preparations ahead of next season.
“I want all of our friendly fixtures to be of a similar standard, as we look to make up for the lost time,” Lashenko said.
“We played a few matches a couple of months back, which I think the players will have benefitted from, but we definitely need to move up a gear as the competitive season is only a few weeks away.
“From what I have been told, Llantwit Major will be a great test for my players. They’ve enjoyed a lot of domestic success over the past few years, so I’m sure they will bring a competitive edge to the match.”
“I’m confident that this is the best set of players that I’ve had at my disposal for a very long time. I won’t say ever as that would be disrespectful to my previous teams but in terms of options, it’s the best that I’ve ever had.
“Saturday will be a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of these players and compare them to the ones that I already have a good idea of.
“We are set to make a couple more announcements regarding players in the next week or so, then we will virtually have a completed squad ready for August 14th,” Lashenko said.
Llantwit Major is a Welsh football club formed in 1962. Based in the town of Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, South East Wales, the club currently ply their trade in the Cymru South after two consecutive promotions as champions.
For the 2019/20 season, Llantwit were inaugural members of the Cymru South. A number of improvements were made to the ground and pitch to be ready for the campaign, with the highlight being the addition of a new main stand.
Llantwit finished the season in 11th place, with the final standings determined on points per game basis due to the coronavirus crisis. This meant Llantwit finished clear of relegation and would once again be in the second tier the following season.