Match Preview: Western-super-Mare vs Basingstoke Town FC

Jason Bristow’s side are still in sight of second spot going into the last game of the regular season providing they beat theSomerset side and Boreham Wood lose at Chelmsford City. They are determined to finish as high as possible with the semi­finals of the play­offs due to be begin on Wednesday. Some of the Soccer AM crew will be joining us on our last official league away game of the season to film a behind the scenes segment, which will be broadcast the following Saturday.

Bristow will again be without Liam Enver­Marum and Shaun McAuley, who serve the second game of a three­match suspension. James Harper (illness) and Simon Dunn (ankle injury) could return after missing the goal­less draw against Havant & Waterlooville.

THE OPPOSITION

Founded: Weston Aircraft played their first match way back in 1887 before the club embraced the town name. They were disbanded twice during the First World War and the Second World War before re­forming in 1948.

Nickname: The Seagulls

Club colours: White and Black

Stadium: Weston moved to the purpose­built Woodspring Stadium in 2004. It has a capacity of 3,500 and they attracted a crowd of 2,949 for the visit of Doncaster in the FA Cup this season.

Manager: Former Weston goalkeeper Ryan Northmore  was appointed caretaker­ manager for an indefinite period in November following the departure of Micky Bell.  His promotion to the first team sparked an immediate revival but they have gone off the boil in recent weeks.

Top goalscorer: Dayle Grubb­ 11
One of the mainstays of the team, the tricky winger is a product of the club’s Academy set­up.  On­loan striker Jamie Lucas, weighed in with 13 goals, one against Basingstoke, before returning to his parent club Bristol Rovers last month.

Form:  Weston have failed to win any of their last eight games, losing six of them and tumbled to 17th place in the table. However they put up a brave fight at Bromley last weekend before going down to the hosts, who secured the title in the process.

Compiled by Ken Gaunt

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