The Farm head south to Bideford AFC on Saturday afternoon looking to continue their fantastic form in the Southern League Division One South. In our latest preview, find out all the information ahead of week 27.
Two first-half goals from Farm condemned Paulton Rovers to a 2-0 defeat at The Creek last Saturday. Jayden Nielsen swept the ball across to Mike Bryant who gave the Portwaymen the dream start. Then Jake Gosling stepped up to drill the ball past Aaron Sainsbury from the spot. That result meant that the Farm maintain the final play-off position, but set their sights higher with only seven points separating them from the top of the table.
You can read Jack Davies’ match report HERE
Speaking to the club ahead of the match, Manager Lee Lashenko commented: “As everyone connected to the club will know, spirits are very high at the minute. We’re all enjoying each other’s company, and most importantly my players are enjoying their football,” Lashenko said.
“We’re looking to involve some of our U18 players to the matchday squad on Saturday. Luco Ponsillo has been playing for Hengrove in the Western League on a dual registration, and Charlie Tiley has been involved at the ProChance Academy. Both players who I think will go on to have a good chance of playing in the professional game, and will aid us for Saturday’s match,” Lashenko said.
As for our opponents, Bideford will be looking put their results back on track following their 2-1 defeat against Lymington last time out. Despite the aforementioned result, Bideford have won three of their last five matches as they look to secure their place amongst the 19 teams in the Southern League Division One South next season.
Amongst their squad, the Robins bolstered their defensive ranks with the signing of former Farm player Kai Fisher – who will be doing a sponsored skydive to raise money for an alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation charity. You can donate HERE.
We will be running a supporters coach to Bideford AFC, leaving The Creek on Saturday at 10:30am; seats are priced at £10 per person.
For supporters looking to make their way to North Devon, here is the following travel information:
Bideford AFC have released the following ticket information ahead of Saturday’s match.
- Adults: £10
- Concessions (Over-65‘s, NHS & Student ID Card Holders): £6
- Under-16’s: £2
- Under-12’s (Accompanied by an Adult): FREE
Bideford Town was established in the late 1890s and spent most of their history playing in the North Devon League. In 1947 the club was reformed as Bideford A.F.C., and joined Section A of the North Devon League. Although they finished bottom of the division, they remained in Section A for the 1948–49 season, which saw them finish sixth. At the end of the season they joined Division Three of the Western League, which they won at the first attempt, winning 19 of their 20 matches and drawing the other to earn promotion to Division Two. In 1951–52 they won Division Two, and were promoted to Division One.
Bideford dominated the Western League in the 2000s, winning the Premier Division in 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06 and 2009–10, as well as the League Cup in 2001–02 and 2003–04. After continuously opting not to take promotion due to the increased travelling costs, in 2010 they were promoted to Division One South & West of the Southern League, which they went on to win in 2011–12.