After Saturday’s impressive performance and win versus Mangotsfield United, it meant we had taken four points from a possible six from our friends in South Gloucestershire.
Goals from returning debutant Simon Dunn and Brad Wilson, other than a ten-minute spell in the second half your Basingstoke team dominated the game and the only negative from the game was that it was not a wider margin.
‘The first half performance was very good’ said manager, Dan Brownlie, ‘We created wave after wave of attack and defensively we remained solid and concentrated. We should have been out of sight by half-time but the boys remained patient and got their rewards.’
This week your Basingstoke Town side travel to Melksham, in the home fixture we recorded a 4-2 win with goals from Mikey Davis, Scott Armsworth & Dean Stow with a brace. A week later Melksham returned the favour and ran out 1-0 winners in a fiery (and wet) encounter at The Oakfield Stadium.
What’s coming up over the next five days?
This evening the boys will be reporting for training at Winklebury HQ in preparation for the weekends game. With the junior teams training moments before, Winklebury is awash with a sea of blue & yellow and a rewarding spectacle with so many ‘Stokies around the place. In the Southern League this evening Winchester City host Larkhall Athletic, Moneyfields play Mangotsfield and Barnstaple entertain Willand Rovers.
The Academy travel to Poole Town for a 13:00 Kick-Off as they look to continue their impressive run of form. The Academy is also in preparation for their open day next Tuesday where 16-19-year-olds are encouraged to visit and check out what our academy can do for them.
It’s another training night for the first team as they complete final preparations for Saturday’s fixture v Melksham.
It’s Game Day as we head to Melksham Town FC in a three o’clock kick-off. We hope to see as many supporters as possible to help the boys as they attempt to do the first league double of the season! We’ve no doubt the boys will be feeling confident following Saturday’s performance and hope they can take that level into Saturday’s game.
“They [Melksham] are on a great run of form but we can take lots of positives from Saturday’s win. This will be a much tougher test, but we saw signs from our weekend win of what this side is capable of. We’re going to give it a good go over there.”
Alfie Saunders has rejoined Forrest Green Rovers FC although Dan Brownlie said it may not be the last we’ve seen of the Basingstoke boy “Alfie’s got a few fixtures he has to play for FGR. We’re not entirely sure of the landscape just yet, but selfishly we are of course hopeful it’s not the last we’ve seen of him, for his future career though it’s important he goes to play these games which we hope will enable him to secure a deserved pro deal.”
“Jordan Alves [Reading City], Aiden Harris [Team Solent] and Mikey Davis [Whitchurch United] are all out on loan at the moment as they haven’t had much football recently – so it’s important as we approach the final stages of the season that we have everyone firing on all cylinders – so we’ve arranged game time with them elsewhere to ensure that when called upon they’re up to speed.”
“Freddie Gee has quite a severe injury; he’s waiting on official results but it’s not looking good sadly. It’s a repeat of the earlier injury that saw him out for a significant period. Young Elliot our Wimbledon loanee also remains sidelined, but we’re hopeful we can get him back in soon. As for Josh, the weekend may come a little too soon, but he’ll be working with Gideon [Physio] this week to give him the best possible chance.”