BY NICK WILSON
It’s a break from league action tomorrow for Basingstoke as the FA Cup campaign begins with a visit from local rivals Hartley Wintney in the First Qualifying Round. Basingstoke will look to continue on the goal trail after scoring thirteen in the last two matches in stunning victories against Chesham United and Gosport Borough. Hartley meanwhile, arrive at the Camrose looking to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Marlow, their first of the season. It will be their second match in the competition after defeat Wessex League Premier side Brockenhurst 5-1 in the Preliminary Round.
Hartley will be feeling confident after a strong start to the season. Playing in the new Southern League Division 1 East for the first time after easily winning the Combined Counties League Premier Division, they began this year with three wins from their first three matches before coming unstuck against fellow high flyers Marlow. Their nine points accrued so far have them sitting in 3rd place.
After making his first appearance of the season from the bench on Monday, Ashleigh Artwell will be pushing for the starting spot vacated by Aaron Jarvis’ departure to Luton Town. Conor Davis will also have his eye on the position for what will be the final game of his current loan spell from Reading. Meanwhile Sam Deadfield continues on the comeback trail and he will be hoping to come into contention too.