BY NICK WILSON
Basingstoke return home to the Camrose for the visit of Chesham United still looking for their first points of the new season. Defeat to a confident Kettering side – who maintained their 100% winning record – last time out at Latimer Park extended the run to three matches to start the season. It’s a run that had Terry Brown admitting that less experienced managers might be starting to panic, while also acknowledging the positive signs from the first three games. All eyes will be on the forwards as the likes of Aaron Jarvis and Sam Smart look to hit the net for the first time this season while Ben Wright will be looking to add to his solitary goal to boost a side that is yet to score from open play.
Chesham arrive sitting perfectly in mid table, 12th place with one win, one draw and one loss to their name so far. After a 3-0 win on opening day at Biggleswade was followed by a 3-1 loss at home to Banbury, a late Tiverton goal denied them all three points last weekend.
Basingstoke will be looking for a repeat of last season’s result in this fixture when a goal from Aaron Redford, between two for Ashleigh Artwell, had the home side comfortably ahead before having to hold on through a nervy finale for a 3-2 win after two late goals from the visitors. That victory avenged a comfortable 4-0 defeat in the away match earlier in the season.
After finishing last season in 11th place, just one place and two points above Basingstoke, Chesham have been through a summer of upheaval, putting together a new squad which featured 11 debutants on the opening day before suffering the departure of joint manager Danny Talbot last week. Talbot left to take up a scouting role at Fulham, leaving Jon Meakes in sole charge of the first team.