Bristol Manor Farm travels to high flying Winchester City on Saturday afternoon looking to bounce back from their 3-0 home defeat against Frome Town last weekend. Here are all the match, ticket, and travel information ahead of the Portwaymen’s clash with the Citizens.
On the pitch, it’s certainly been a week to forget for Lee Lashenko’s men. A 3-0 home defeat against the Robins was closely followed by a 4-0 drubbing against rivals Mangotsfield in the quarter-final of the GFA Senior Challenge Cup.
Off the field however, it’s been a fantastic week for the Portwaymen with the club signing Jake Gosling from Northern League side Sporting Khalsa. The former Exeter City, Bristol Rovers, Forest Green Rovers and Torquay United winger will go straight into the squad travelling down to Hampshire on Saturday. In recent weeks, the Farm has been boosted by the returns of Sam Boulton, Jayden Nielsen and Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist who have all recovered from their respective injuries.
It was also great to see Jamie Turner at The Creek last weekend, with the long-serving defender nearing a return to the first team following his meniscectomy surgery in the summer.
As for Winchester, the opponents have made a very competitive start to the 2021/22 season collecting 19 points from the 12 matches played. Most notably, the Citizens scored seven past struggling Barnstaple at The Charters Community Stadium, as well as beating Slimbridge 4-0.
The Citizens have re-signed prolific marksman Warren Bentley from Hungerford Town. The 31-year-old scored over 100 goals for the Hampshire outfit in less than two seasons. Bentley has also played for Weymouth and Salisbury during his career.
For supporters looking to make the trip to Winchester, here is the following travel information:
We are running a supporters coach to and from the stadium, with limited spaces available. Please contact Club Secretary Rachael on 07767 633549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charters Community Stadium
Hillier Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7SR
Matchday ticket prices:
- Adults: £10
- Concessions: £7 (Senior Citizens, Students with student card, Disabled*)
- U16 £3
- U12: Free
*Disabled supporters’ Carers will be admitted free of charge
Winchester City was formed in 1891 as Winchester Swallows FC. In 1894 they changed their name to Winchester F.C. (another Winchester F.C. had existed between 1884 and 1893). A further name change happened in 1907 when they became Winchester City F.C.
The club joined the Hampshire League for the 1898–99 season. After many years in the Hampshire League they joined the Southern League in 1971–72, but they were unable to sustain this move, and returned to the Hampshire League after only two seasons.
In 1991–92, they won the Hampshire League Division Two, and were promoted to Division One. In 1993–94, Winchester beat Cowes Sports to win the Trophyman League Cup. The club underwent a reorganization in 1999–2000 after a financially turbulent previous season. But they emerged from the tough period and were Division One champions again in 2000–01, earning promotion to the Premier Division, while also winning the Inter League Shield that season. In 2001–02, the club merged with Winchester Castle, but only managed to finish third in the league. However, they won the Hampshire League title, and promotion the next season, and completed a treble of trophies by also winning the Trophyman Cup and the Southampton Senior Cup.
On 9 April 2012, Winchester City earned a promotion back to the Southern League with four games to spare after a 2–0 win over GE Hamble. Butters left Winchester City to further his coaching career with Football League Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion, and the Citizens announced that James Taylor would be taking over as the new manager in October 2012. However, City was relegated back to the Wessex Football League Premier Division for the 2013–14 season. In 2014, Winchester reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in 59 years, but was beaten 3-2 by Concord Rangers. The following season Winchester finished 2nd in the Wessex League Premier Division and after Flackwell Heath turned down the opportunity of promotion from Step 5 to Step 4 of the National League System, were offered the vacant space in the Southern League Division One South & West, which the club accepted.
The club became famous in July 2018 when French football player Ousmane Dembélé played Football Manager for it.