Westfield Preview

On Monday [03 January] your Basingstoke side kick off their 2022 campaign by welcoming Westfield FC to Winklebury for a three o’clock kick off. The Surrey based side who sit within touching distance of Woking FC visit us off the back two narrow defeats to Bracknell Town on New Years Day which saw The Robins win 2-0 thanks to two first half goals and a 1-0 loss to second place Chertsey the previous week.

Westfield who sit in 14th position boast some impressive talent including Tayshan Hayden-Smith who, after leaving Brentford at 16, spent time at Aldershot Town, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Fulham and AFC Wimbledon. New loan signing Callum Buckhurst will be in between the sticks having joined from Woking FC. We also go up against a familiar face in Centre half Luke Elliott who played for Chalfont St Peter earlier in the season and IK Hill who was previously on the books of our semi-distant neighbours Winchester City FC. 

We caught up with Dan Brownlie ahead of the game for an insight into match:

“It’s not far short from being the same squad that we had during our last game versus Thatcham Town. We’ve been affected by Covid and will have players missing, but we think it’s important to continue and get the game on. It’s something we’re going to have to deal with – there are guidelines in place and we fall within them – so we play. It’s as simple as that.”

“Brad serves the last game of his suspension but will play in our game against Stockbridge alongside a number of other first team players. Cooky maybe a possible late inclusion into the squad depending on the ease of his travel from his short break. We also think Reidy will be OK after picking up the knock against Thatcham. Dunny suffered a little bit with illness before the weekend and D’andre has also been nursing an injury from the derby – but we think they’ll make it. They all want to play – and that’s half the battle, so selection wise we’ve got lots of options remaining.”

“We know a fair bit about Westfield having already had a couple of reports, but with us having no game on Saturday Aaron and I also got the chance to go down and watch. Bank Holiday football, particularly New Years day isn’t always the greatest games to make judgements on, but we came away confirming how we wanted to set up and go about the game.”

Conor and Stefan are beginning to form a nice little partnership, we’re learning as we go with that as we’ve not been afforded great time to work on their movements together but you can already start to see little links and game understanding between the two. Whilst McKoy’s stunner will rightly take the deserved plaudits, the little cut back from Stefan for Conor to finish was a touch of class. We’re excited to see what they can do. 

“We had a great crowd again with us last week, we’re looking forward to much of the same again. The Chairman was speaking after the game about first timers saying how much they enjoyed it and that they would be returning – which is great news. The community is building bit by bit and the long term impact of that could prove pivotal. We’ve got the best, most passionate supporters in the league – there’s no question about that. The boys will be fighting for you all out there.”

Basingstoke host Westfield in a three o’clock kick off, tickets can be bought at the gate, but for a safer and speedier entrance, please buy your tickets online using this link here.