This Saturday, Bristol Manor Farm host Winchester City at The Creek for the final match of the 2021/22 Southern League Season. The Citizens have already secured their place in the play-offs, however, the Farmers need just one point to join Winchester, Cirencester, Frome or Plymouth Parkway in the top five. Your support has pushed us all the way this season, and we’re calling on your support again as we aim to achieve our highest league finish.
Despite jubilant celebrations at full-time last Saturday, the Farmers had one eye on Easter Monday’s fixture between AFC Totton and Sholing – with the Stags just three points behind Manor Farm having played a game less.
A win for Totton would have moved them level on points with Farm, but ahead in the league table via a superior goal difference. The match looked set for a stalemate, but with less than ten minutes to go – Stags would be left to rue missed chances as Dan Mason’s strike earned Sholing all three points in the Hampshire derby.
That result leaves AFC Totton with a mountain to climb on the last day, but Manager Lee Lashenko know’s exactly what’s required from his team to ensure Saturday doesn’t end in disappointment.
“We knew after the Mangotsfield match that we needed to put together championship winning form to be in with a chance of making the play-offs. Since that match we’ve lost once and our form has been as good as any in this division,” Lashenko said.
“The signing of Jake Gosling was the catalyst for our successes on the pitch, as it gave everybody the confidence to perform above and beyond.
“We’ve since added extra firepower with the signings of Shea Bennington-Mannings, Kye Simpson, George Fowler, Regan Lashenko, and Owen Howe – all of whom have played a big part since the turn of the New Year.
“Bring a friend, bring a crowd, as we’re going to need all the support we can get. See you all at The Creek, Farmy Army,” Lashenko expressed.
Farm supporters who travelled to Winchester earlier on in the season will not look back at our previous encounter with the Citizens with any fondness.
Despite Josh Ford’s leveller midway through the half, Jayden Nielsen was given his marching orders and Lashenko’s side subsequently conceded four goals in the final 15 minutes – sending Bristol Manor Farm home with a 5-1 loss.
Simba Mlambo proved why he’s one of the best forwards in the division that afternoon in November when he smartly finished past Ben John on 76 minutes. The forward has since scored an impressive 15 goals in the Southern League across the season.
We are also looking to build on Saturday’s fantastic crowd of 310 and try and beat our league record of 340 at The Creek!
Let’s make it happen, and let’s Pack The Creek!
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 email@example.com
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.