Brownlie Points

We caught up with Dan Brownlie ahead of today’s away trip to Sutton Common Rovers at Gander Green Lane to get some team news and news on injury progress. 

“On the injury front, we’ve not gained anyone back from Tuesday evening. Stefan who pulled up with a slight hamstring injury is likely to be involved next Saturday against Bedfont and Conor whose ankle took a whollop will most likely be the week later.”

“We’re pleased to have Anton back, he’s come back in better shape after working hard whilst being away, so that’s a real plus. It also gave a chance for him to rest his knee so hopefully we can see the benefits going forward. He’s really fit into the group well, you can see there’s been a clear shift in mentality with him since before the Bracknell game, he gets what we are trying to do and is really enjoying it. He’s going to be a real asset throughout the season.”

“At the other end of the pitch, Scott Armsworth is likely to be out for another 10 weeks or so. It’s a great shame but it’s better than the fear we held before, so we’ll work with the boy and support him where possible to ensure he can return back to his best. He’s such a talented lad, he’s always a big miss but we’re looking forward to getting him back in when the time is right. By the same token, Dallimore is still a few weeks away, and once he returns to training we’ll have to build up his fitness and assess a good point at putting him back in.”

“Boards is unavailable this afternoon – at first he was brought in as a bit of an SOS for the Tooting & Mitcham game where for the time he was on the park was superb. With nobody returning from our injury list he also agreed to play on Tuesday. Considering we only contacted him three days before playing, he had one session and then was straight into it – he’s done remarkably well, although that was never in any doubt. We had a good conversation midweek, and Boards is going to remain connected with the squad, he’s really enjoying it with us and wants to stay involved, so we’ll just take it week by week with him as his fitness levels understandably are not allowing him to complete full games yet. With someone of that level of experience, just to have him amongst the group in training will pay dividends. He’s a class act.” 

“We’ve been working on bringing in a couple of lads on a more permanent basis that we think will improve the squad but the make-up of that player is really important, we’re really proud of the togetherness of this group so it’s important we retain that tight knit group feeling, but the current injury list forces us to move to try and develop the squad. We filed one form with the league last night and we’re hopeful he’ll be available for this afternoon’s fixture.”

Basingstoke take on Sutton Common Rovers in a three o’clock kick off at Gander Green Lane.