UP NEXT: Shepton Mallet AFC. (a)

The Farm’s preparations ahead of next season continue to gather pace as we travel to Shepton Mallet on Saturday afternoon. Off the back of two breathtaking performances against Westfields and Bishop Sutton, Saturday’s test against the Mallet should prove to be another strong challenge for Lee Lashenko’s men – especially with former Farm striker Dawid Regula leading the line for the Somerset outfit. Read all the important matchday information below.

Ahead of Saturday’s friendly fixture, Shepton Mallet has released the following information:

  • Supporters can enjoy the fixture without wearing face coverings in the stands. This includes consuming food, soft and alcoholic beverages
  • No Track & Trace required
  • No Table Service – Supporters can purchase food & drink as normal

The club, however, has requested that all spectators must be considerate of all other attendees and respect social distancing where possible. If you have tested positive, or have symptoms, for COVID-19 then you must not attend Saturday’s fixture.

They were established in 1986 after the liquidation of Shepton Mallet Town. The club is affiliated with the Somerset County FA.

The old Shepton Mallet Town had spent 10 years in the Western League, six of which in the Premier Division. When that club went bust, the new Shepton Mallet A.F.C. took the place of the old club’s reserves in the Somerset Senior League Division Two, playing at the old club’s West Shepton ground.

By 1989, they rose to the Premier Division of the County League and played there until winning the title in the 2000–01 season, when they were accepted into the Western League, and are currently members of the Western League Premier Division.

They currently enter both the FA Cup and FA Vase but do not have a very good record in either competition, In more recent years. The team have found a rise in success in both competitions, most notably the latter –winning six ties in the last eight FA Cup seasons, and ten ties in the last eight years in the Vase.

In the 2014–15 FA Vase Shepton managed to achieve a spot in the Third-round proper for the first time in their history. They went on to lose the tie against Melksham Town 3 – 2 with Melksham following Shepton’s steps in the round previous and being knocked out in the Fourth-round proper.

In the 2019-20 Western League Premier season, Shepton was on course to achieve their highest finish in the Western League Premier Division in their history of the competition with 55 points and was challenging for promotion into the Southern League Division One South league. The season was postponed and was made null and void due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.