Bristol Manor Farm will make the hour-long trip to The Causeway on Saturday afternoon as they face Cinderford Town in the first of their final five matches in the 2021/22 Southern League Division One South season. Here is all the preview, travel and ticket information ahead of the fixture.
In the wake of a famous victory at the Snows Stadium last weekend, Lee Lashenko’s men must dust themselves down once again as they face an entirely different animal from AFC Totton in the form of Alex Syke’s Cinderford Town. The Forrester’s aren’t quite safe from relegation, and a victory on Saturday afternoon would put them in good stead as they look to cement their place amongst the 19 teams in the Division One South next season.
Since their change in management earlier on in the season, The Forrester’s have enjoyed a positive resurgence in results under Sykes with victories against Barnstaple and Mangotsfield United – and even ended their four match winless run with back-to-back victories, including a 1-0 win over Larkhall Athletic and a 2-1 win against Willand Rovers.
As for Bristol Manor Farm, the club will be solely concentrating on matters at the top end of the table. It’s been a near-perfect month for Lashenko’s team who have collected 10 points from their previous four matches (W3, D1), with the most notable victory coming at the weekend of course. Saturday’s 2-1 win against AFC Totton meant that the Farm leapfrogged their opponents to third place and closed the gap at the top of the table to just six points.
It was a day to remember for Owen Howe on the South Coast who capped his return to the club with a late finish to win the match. As the ball came towards the striker, it was an instinctive finish to tap home on 87 minutes – making it three goals against AFC Totton for the Farm this season; the first two coming in the 2-2 draw in September at The Creek.
Off the field, the club welcomed Manager Lashenko back to matchday duties, after serving his eight match stadium ban. He described the match as ‘everything you want from a top of the table clash’ in his post match interview with Official BMF TV. You can watch the interview with Lashenko HERE.
For supporters looking to make the trip up to the Forest of Dean, here is all the important travel information. Limited car parking is available at the ground at no extra charge, and operates on a first come, first served basis.
Edge Hills Rd, Cinderford GL14 2QH
Cinderford Town Football Club
Cinderford Town Association Football Club is a football club based in Cinderford in Gloucestershire, England and play at the Causeway Ground.
The 1995–96 season saw Cinderford reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. After beating Bromsgrove Rovers 2–1, they lost 3–0 at Gravesend & Northfleet in a second round replay.
The club were transferred to the Division One Midlands in 1998, and back to the renamed Division One Western in 1999. In 2000–01 the club won the Gloucestershire Senior Cup, beating Bristol City 1–0 in the final. They were moved back to the Division One Midlands in 2006, before returning to Division One South & West in two years later. In 2015–16 they won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division. The club initially tried to refuse promotion due to concerns about increased costs, but this was rejected by the Football Association.
In 2016–17 Cinderford finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated to Division One West. In 2018–19 the club finished fifth in Division One South, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Cirencester Town 2–1 in the semi-finals, they lost 3–1 to Yate Town in the final.