Match Preview: Basingstoke Town v Farnborough Tuesday 1st January 2019

versus   Well the first game of 2019 brings us the match-up of not just local rivals Farnborough, but the Boro who sit one place above us in 16th place with an extra 4pts. This is the gap between the bottom 6 and those above us.
If we are to climb up and away from that relegation battle, then we need to win games like this.
Farnborough’s record of 28pts, consists of 8 wins, 4 draws and 11 losses from 23 matches.

Although this is the first of our league match-ups this season, we have already beaten Farnborough back in September in the Hampshire Snr Cup at the Camrose 2-1. That day a stunning shot from Sam Smart levelled the game at 1-1 and then a header from Callum Bunting, were enough to beat the Boro on the evening.

Farnborough Managed by Spencer Day, come to the Camrose on a 3-match unbeaten run with a 1-0 win at home to Staines last Saturday, followed by 1-1 draws at Wimborne Town and Hartley Wintney.

The Boro are known for signing and releasing more players than some teams make substitutions in a season, have amassed an amazing 17 different goal-scorers in the league alone. Of those 17 players, 6 have departed and 1 other Seth Owens only just joined them.

This leaves their leading goal-scorers as forward Connor Cullen with 6 goals, midfielders Michael Elias-Fernandes and on-loan Reggie Young with 4 goals a piece.

Their other forwards consist of well-known Perry Coles who joined them from Slough Town earlier this season. They also currently have midfielder/defender Tom Leggett who was in a Basingstoke Town shirt last season.

As for Basingstoke, we head into this game following two tough 3-2 away losses at Beaconsfield Town and Gosport Borough, where we were the better team on the day, but unable to convert that dominance into any points.
We will need big performances from the 3-Sams, Argent, Smart & Deadfield to get us back on track, and we need players such as Pearse & Akers, to be on top-of-their game if we are to collect the 3-points today.

With all this said, we simply need to defend better and it will be interesting to see what line-up Martin Kuhl decides to go with. Whatever it is, we need to support the back four more, that means chasing down any breaks and actually trying to stop Farnborough pumping balls into our box at ease.

16-year old academy defender Aiden Young, who joins the 1st team squad, will likely start on the bench tomorrow and I wish him well in his Basingstoke future.

No matter how well we play tomorrow the result is far more important and I would willing take a 1-0 win right now.
Let’s get behind our team tomorrow and hope it’s the start of a better 2019 year for us.

Match Preview by Martin French..