It’s a return to league action for Basingstoke after the midweek FA Cup defeat to Hartley Wintney. St. Ives are the visitors as the home side look for a return to their league form after big wins in the last two games against Chesham and Gosport.
The chance to make it three league wins in a row comes against a side currently lying 18th in the table, after 4 points from their opening five games. Victory on the opening day against Weymouth by a 1-0 scoreline has been followed by defeats to Biggleswade, Slough and Kings Lynn and a draw at home to Kings Langley. There was also progress in the FA Cup as Northern Premier League side Coalville Town were beaten 1-0.
Last season’s meetings resulted in a 2-0 home defeat before a Matt Partridge goal helped us exact revenge in the return match at Westwood Park in Cambridgeshire as St Ives finished the season in 15th place.
Sam Deadfield will again be in contention after making his way back from an early season injury. Young striker Kieron Rodgers will be keen to earn a place after making his debut on Tuesday night following a rich vein of goalscoring form for the academy.