Tough start for Mangos
MANGOTSFIELD United face a tough opening month to the new Southern League season, which kicks off at Cossham Street on Saturday August 14.
The opening day visitors are Hampshire outfit Sholing, who dropped down to the Wessex League for financial reasons a couple of seasons ago but who have now returned and - like every other club after two cancelled seasons because of Covid-19 - will be raring to go on the opening day.
Two days later, the Mangos travel up to Worcestershire to face Evesham United, who have been one of the stronger clubs in the division for several years now.
Saturday August 21 sees the return of FA Cup action to Cossham Street, as the Mangos entertain either Tavistock or St Austell in a Preliminary Round contest.
Those two clubs meet each other in an Extra-Preliminary Round qualifier on August 7. Whoever wins will be making their first visit to Cossham Street.
The August Bank Holiday weekend provides the Mangos with two extremely tasty fixtures. Highly-rated and newly-promoted Plymouth Parkway visit Cossham Street on Saturday August 28 and this, too, will be their first visit to Cossham Street. Parkway will arrive in Mango Land with possibly one of the best playing budgets in the entire division and could well prove to be a very strong side in the coming season.
To complete the Bank Holiday weekend, the Mangos will then make the short trip over to the Portway to face old rivals Bristol Manor Farm in the first local derby of the season on August Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.
Early pre-season results saw the Mangos win 4-2 at Cadbury Heath & then 4-0 away at Odd Down, with new manager Ray Johnston, assisted by Terry Moore, using 20 players so far.
Other pre-season friendlies coming up include Bradford Town on July 24 - check the club’s website for news of any other pre-season fixtures to be played.
The Mangos also know how another potential path to Wembley, in the FA Trophy, will unfold. The club joins the competition in the 2nd Qualifying Round on October 9, with a trip to either Willand Rovers in Mid-Devon or Oxfordshire outfit Wantage Town.