UP NEXT: Sholing F.C. (H)

Just four matches remain for Bristol Manor Farm in the Southern League Division One South, who look to cement their name amongst the four play-off teams in their bid for promotion. The Farm welcome seventh placed Sholing to The Creek who themselves will have their eyes on a top four spot. Here is all the information ahead of what’s set to be a colossal fixture…

Described as a match that was ‘managed well’ by his players, Lee Lashenko was pleased that his side overcame the difficult challenge they faced away to Cinderford Town last weekend. Ben Bament opened the scoring for Farm, followed by Josh Ford’s sixth goal of the season to extend the club’s unbeaten run to five matches.

“We head into the last four matches with everything at stake, but saying that we’re very cool here at Bristol Manor Farm,” Lashenko said. “In terms of the league’s history and the clubs that are in the division, we’re still a relatively small club having only played a few seasons at this level.

“The players can’t wait to train, and the supporters can’t wait for the next match. It’s a great feeling to have at this point in the season. We know there’s going to be a few bumps and bruises from now until the end of the season, but I know the supporters will pick my players up if and when that will happen.

“We knew we had to follow up the Totton result with a victory, and now we’re totally focussed on another big task at hand when Sholing visit The Creek on Saturday,” Lashenko expressed.

The Farm have only lost twice in their last 14 matches – one of those defeats came back in December as Lashenko’s side were narrowly beaten by Sholing 2-1 at The Universal Stadium. Captain Aron Robbins drew level from Jake Gosling’s corner, but Conor Whiteley’s low-driven strike was enough to snatch all three points.

Since that fixture, The Boatmen have only won four of their last 14 matches in all competitions – dropping out of the top five down to seventh position. Sholing, however, ended their losing streak with a thumping 4-0 home against Highworth Town. Dave Diaper’s side are back in competitive action on Wednesday evening, hoping to close the gap on Farm ahead of Saturday’s match.

Since the very start of the season, the support Lee, the players, and the club has received is nothing short of remarkable. With just four matches left, we hope to see as many of the Farmy Army at The Creek to cheer us on again! 

Ticket Information

We are pleased to announce that spectators can purchase tickets by cash or debit/credit card on the turnstiles. Ticket prices for Saturday’s match are as follows:

  • Adults: £8
  • Concessions: £5 (Over-65’s / Public Transport Ticket / NHS, Armed Forces & Student ID Card Holders)
  • Under-16s: £2
  • Under-12s: FREE

For more information, please see our 2021/22 Ticket Prices page HERE, or contact us at secretary@bristolmanorfarm.com

Travel Information

For supporters looking to make the fixture at the Creek on Saturday afternoon, visitors should remind themselves using our contact page HERE.

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.