Tomorrow [Saturday 08 January] Basingstoke travel to South Park FC to face the ‘Sparks’ who currently sit in 9th position with 22 points and enter the game off the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat to Ashford Town.
South Park, led by ex-Farnborough centre half Martin Dynan, has a number of talented players amongst his ranks including Adam Aziz who looks to be main the main goal-scoring threat currently sitting 5th in the league goal-scoring charts with 12 goals. He is ably assisted by Ibrahim Jalloh who boasts nine goals this season. The Surrey based side also went on an impressive eight game unbeaten run just before Christmas which included a five goal destruction of Chalfont St Peter.
We caught up with Dan Brownlie ahead of tomorrow’s game to gain a little insight into possible team selection and injury updates:
“Last week we were without Dan Williamson due to COVID but all being well we should have him back available tomorrow pending a negative test result later today. Ben Cook will also return to the squad but it’s unlikely that we’ll have D’andre who is not only nursing a slight ankle injury but has fallen ill. We’ll be without Lloyd [Snell] who picked up what looked like a nasty injury on bank-holiday Monday, but thankfully doesn’t appear as serious as first feared but we’re looking at least a couple of weeks with him.”
“We will also be welcoming back Brad Wilson having served his three game suspension, the break may have actually done him some good as he’s been playing through a bit of a pain in previous games – so whilst we may need to get his match fitness up again, as 2/3 weeks is a long time in football, we’ve no doubt that Brad will quickly return back to his influential best.”
“We had a good session yesterday and the boys reacted well to the demands put on them. We know if we want to challenge for anything this year then certain areas of the pitch need to improve and part of that improvement is based around group mentality, particularly out of possession. We’ll work on that – and whilst there are no quick fixes in football, if we can focus on progression we won’t go too far wrong.”