UP NEXT: Sholing F.C. (A)

After last weekend’s bitterly cold affair with Slimbridge, The Portwaymen travel to Sholing FC on Saturday for their latest venture in the Southern League Division One South. 

Backed by 135 supporters, it’s fair to say the Farm’s clash against Slimbridge wasn’t exactly a classic. Nonetheless, it was a spirited performance from Manor Farm who came close to scoring on several occasions. Manager Lee Lashenko believes that there is still more to come from the side who have collected seven points from their last three matches.

Speaking to Official BMF TV, Lashenko commented: “I told the lads not to be disappointed after the full-time whistle. We’ve got a great bunch of players and we’re looking a good side. We brought Jake (Gosling) in who gives us that wow factor.

“The games are coming thick and fast at us in the month of December, and I do think we’ll accumulate a lot of points,” Lashenko expressed.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Sholing have made very strong start to the season collecting 32 points from 15 matches. Dave Diaper’s side have tested their patience over the last couple of weeks, with their last two matches against Plymouth Parkway and Melksham Town both falling victim to the recent poor weather.

Travel Information

We will be running a supporters coach from The Creek, leaving at 10:30am. To book a seat, contact Club Secretary Rachael on 07767 633549 or secretary@bristolmanorfarm.com. Tickets are priced at £10, but please book early to avoid missing out.

Mackoy Stadium, Portsmouth Road, Southampton , SO19 9PW. For detailed directions, please visit Sholing FC’s website HERE.

Ticket Information

Sholing’s First-Team admission prices are as follows:

  • Adults: £10
  • Over 60’s: £6
  • Disabled: £6
  • NHS Staff (pass must be shown): Free
  • Students (card must be shown): £6
  • Children (12 – 16 year olds): £4
  • Under 12: Free (with fee paying adult)

All prices include VAT – Contactless Card Payments accepted

Turnstiles open an hour and a half before kick-off, and unfortunately no pets are allowed inside the ground, only Guide Dogs.

The Opposition

The Boatmen have a long, but fragmented history, running teams from the Woolston Works as early as 1884. The club, however, changed name in July 2010 to Sholing FC after the parent company, VT Group, were no longer in existence with the closure of the Woolston shipyard.  We decided to reflect the name of the area of Southampton nearest the ground and adopted the Red & White stripes so associated with the City.

The Boatmen’s FA Vase win will be what most people will remember from their 2014/15 season. Back in October  2014, Sholing overcame Winchester City in the 1st round, and slowly progressed further and further in the competition. On the 10th May 2014 at the home of football, Wembley Stadium, backed by over 3,000 fans, Marvin Mclean scored the only goal in the 71st minute and Byron Mason & Dave Diaper lifted the Vase.

2020/21 After decades of trying, the club finally built a new changing room building and carried out a host of stadium improvements over a very busy summer.  In what must have been a first for the Boatmen, the club lifted silverware in October, winning & retaining the Russell Cotes Cup, which was held over from the previous cancelled season.  More history was made in the FA Cup when the club reached the 4th Qualifying Round for the first time where they were narrowly defeated by Torquay United.  The season was curtailed and no further games were played.  In May, the FA’s non league restructure left Sholing in the Southern League South Div 1.