MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol Manor Farm (H)

Match Preview
Yate Town v Bristol Manor Farm
Monday 1st January 2024 – kick-off 3pm

Yate Town play their first game of 2024 when local rivals Bristol Manor Farm are the visitors to the South West Interiors Stadium. The Bluebells gained their first point of the season back on August Bank Holiday with a 1-1 draw at “The Creek” when George Box scored from the penalty spot (see below) just before half-time to level the scores.

George Box scores penalty

Following on from the entertaining 0-0 draw against Bashley the Bluebells followed this with a 0-1 reversal at Paulton Rovers on Boxing Day, when Yate Town dominated the game but failed to score from numerous chances.
Home fans will be able to see new additions in defender Mike Baker (left) back at the club for his third spell, forward Jack Ball (centre) and also Finley Bell (right) who has had his loan period from Forest Green Rovers extended until 29th January and will be up against a Bristol Manor Farm side who have certainly run into a period of excellent form.

Mike Baker
Jack Ball
Fin Bell

Following on from the new additions Yate Town manager Darren Mullings, hopes to have another new face in the squad for the New Year’s Day fixture.
Thankfully, only one side will be facing relegation from Southern League Division One South due to Hamworthy withdrawing from the League back in October and there will also be no third from bottom play-off game due to the fact that this division will be increased to 22 clubs next season.
With the Bluebells now sitting in 18th position and Exmouth in 19th pace (bottom) just 3 points behind, but having played 2 more games than the Bluebells, it is vital that they start picking up points to move into a more comfortable position in the league and put some distance between them and bottom place.
It has been said many times by opponents that they are amazed at the position that the club find themselves as they have played well but just not converted their chances, as clearly seen again at Paulton. It is hoped that a better than average crowd will be at the South West Interiors Stadium on Monday to cheer the team on.

Our opponents:
Bristol Manor Farm have been in the Southern League since 2017 when they won the Western League. They were relatively successful up until last season when they finished third from bottom but defeated Saltash United 2-0 in the play-off to maintain their current status.
Long serving manager Lee Lashenko is assisted by Grantley Dicks, the brother of former West Ham and Liverpool player Julian Dicks. Grantley Dicks boasts a wealth of experience in non-league football having played for Bath City, Weston-super-Mare, Gloucester City and Forest Green Rovers and coached at a variety of clubs too.
This season has seen the Farm generally in mid-table and but a good run of results, 7 points from their last 3 games, see them currently sit in 6 position, one place outside the play-off positions, with 26 points from 18 games having scored 31 goals and concedes the same number.
Their last game was on Boxing Day when played Willand at the Creeks, a game which Bristol Manor Farm win 3-0 with second half goals from Daniel Dodimead (2) and Owen Brian. Their previous results have seen them gain a draw at Melksham and beat Westbury 2-0 at home. Prior to that they suffered defeats at Bemerton and at home to Tavistock. They have, however, managed to find the net in all of these games.
They recently lost star midfield player Evander Grubb, scorer of Manor Farm’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Yate earlier this season, who was recently transferred to fellow Southern League Division One South side Mousehole. Former Yate Town player Jamie Adams is likely to be in that Bristol Manor Farm squad.

Other things to know …

The match day programme –
it’s a double 48-page edition costing £3

Front Cover - Xmas Double

We have had many positive comments about the upgraded programme and in the programme on Saturday there is a big feature on Yate Town defender Ewan McMillan, plus a host of extra action photographs and many interesting articles to read.
This bumper programme, consisting of 48 pages, covers both the matches – against Bashley on 23rd December and against Bristol Manor Farm on 1st January costs £3 – so don’t miss out on this special edition and please remember that it is another item that not only helps promote the club but also is added revenue to the club.

This programme sold well at the Bashley game so don’t miss out on this packed edition – full of news and interesting articles.

Please try to bring the correct money with you – or you can also pay by card at the turnstiles.

Flag wavers

If you are under 14 years of age and would like to wave a Yate Town flag as the players enter the pitch just prior to kick off on Saturday please assembly by the tunnel at 2.40pm so that we can organise this.

We had a very good response at our last home game against Bashley – so don’t miss out as we only have 12 flags!


Match day information
Admission prices:
Adult: £12
Concessions: Over 65, Students, NHS, armed forces and fire services – just show correct ID information: £8
Children: (11-17) £5
Under 11: Free
Double edition Programmes to cover Bashley and Bristol Manor Farm fixtures: £3 – special article on defender Ewan McMillan
The bar is open from 1.00pm
Turnstiles open: 1.00pm
Plenty of parking space available
Food available inside the ground.
Please note that the South West Interiors Stadium is a NO dogs ground (apart from guide dogs).