Mangos prepare for new season

July 26 2022

NEW Mangotsfield United manager John Allen’s preparations for life in the Hellenic League are well under way, with a whole host of new faces, including some triallists, appearing in the pre-season friendlies.

A number of players from Allen’s old club Keynsham Town have followed him to Cossham Street, whilst most of last season’s team, relegated from the Southern League after 22 years, appear to have now left the club.

The seven pre-season friendlies started with two wins and a defeat against AEK Boco (3-0), Wells City (3-2) and Odd Down (0-1) respectively, and was due to finish on July 23 at Hallen.

League fixtures had not been issued as the Voice went to press. The Mangos have never played in the Hellenic League before, so to an extent the club is entering the unknown, but it is clear that their 22 years in the Southern League puts a target on their backs.

They will take some heart from the fact that former Southern League rivals Bishops Cleeve, relegated into the Hellenic League a couple of years ago, won promotion in April.

Two FA Cup draws have been made, with Mangotsfield travelling to neighbours Cadbury Heath in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on August 6 and the winners travelling to Didcot Town on August 20 in the Preliminary Round.

In the FA Vase, the Mangos will entertain Abingdon United on September 24 in the 2nd Qualifying Round.

The club has recently announced the formation of a reserve side playing in the Bristol and Suburban League Premier Division and an A team playing in the Bristol and Suburban League Division 1.

Both these sides will expand the opportunity for younger players working their way through the juniors to play senior football for Mangotsfield United as well as creating opportunities within the wider local community to represent the club.

The two sides will play their home fixtures at Blackhorse Road playing fields, with the Reserves playing some fixtures at Cossham Street.

 

Dave Smale