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On Monday afternoon Basingstoke Town will host 12th placed Thatcham Town here at The Winklebury Stadium in a three o’clock kick off in our final fixture of 2021.

Three first half goals was enough to seal the win during the return fixture back on August Bank Holiday Monday with goals from Brad Wilson, Shaun Dallimore and a great strike from young Lloyd Snell in an eventual 2-3 win.

Both teams tomorrow will have a number of changes to their starting elevens since the last time we faced each other – where Basingstoke will be without Scott Armsworth and Aidan Lewis alongside Adam Everiss who now plays at Ascot United. Thatcham have recently signed full-back Raphael Oklobessi and forward Simeon Weakes to bolster their ranks; as well as ex-Gillingham, Bromley and Maidenhead United midfielder – Harry Grant, striker Josh Elms and Jack Hopwood in between the sticks. Many of you will also remember ex-Basingstoke Town central defender Josh Edwards who captains their side.

As for you Basingstoke side, we caught up with Dan Brownlie ahead of the game to get an insight into the squad:

“Aside from Lewis Hayden, injury wise we are only waiting on Scott Armsworth who we hope will start doing some light work towards the end of next month. Shaun Dallimore will be out on loan getting some valuable game time as we start easing him back into the fold now he is back from his injury. We have got one absence and a suspension to contend with, but as it stands – we still have good quality numbers.”

“We’ve had a good start, but we want more, there’s no question about that. We’ve got players back available from injuries, players who joined midway through the season getting better each game and as a squad we are learning ways to be more effective the more we play together. We want to build a team with a future, a team that want’s to stick together and believe in each other as well as the club – we’re confident that we’re doing that. You can get a good sense of that from training and recently – it has been of a real high standard. Hopefully we can translate that into a match day and be an even greater force.”

“We’ve brought in some great experience over the past few months in the shape of Anton [Rodgers], Rob [Sheridan], Nathan [Smart] and Board [Jon Boardman] – and they’ve set such a great example particularly to our younger players. We’ve already noticed D’andre Brown picking up little bits from Anton. It’s great to see. D’andre, who will start tomorrow, is continually showing his qualities, and if we can keep adding to his already enviable skillset, there’s no telling how good this kid can be.”

“It was a really tough game last time out and there’s no doubt that Thatcham have improved greatly since that day back in August, but equally – so have we. We know how we want to go about the game and we will all be working towards a positive end to 2021.” 

Whether watching from the terraces or gathered around the TV, football understands the importance of home. But in the space of one 90-minute game, 25 households will become homeless in England. Many of them will be families with children. On Monday, Thatcham Town and your Basingstoke side will be showing solidarity to the charity ‘Shelter’ by ditching our home colours, helping raise awareness in finding safe and secure homes for people whose lives are on the line.

For more information visit https://england.shelter.org.uk/support_us/campaigns/no_home_kit

The game kicks off at 3pm at Winklebury. You can buy tickets on the day, but for a safer and easier entrance you can purchase your tickets online.