Match Preview: Evo Stick South Premier Division South
Basingstoke Town v Frome Town (The Robins)
When: Saturday 13th April 2019 Kick-off 3.00pm
Where: The Camrose Stadium, Western Way, Basingstoke. RG22 6EZ
Well games don’t get many bigger than this Saturday’s game against virtual relegated team Frome Town, as not only 3 points for Stoke are vital, but could also put us a long way towards our survival this season if other results go our way.
We will be looking to do the double over the Somerset based club, as we won comfortably in one of our few away game victories back in September, when we won 1-4. Goals by Argent, Hollamby, Stow (penalty) and Deadfield as we ran out deserved winners.
Frome Town managed by Danny Greaves, must win their last three games, score numerous goals in each game and also hope that either Gosport or Walton don’t pick up anymore points if they have any hope of survival.
Frome have lost their last four league games, three of which were at home and the away loss was a 4-1 drubbing at fellow relegation strugglers Walton Casuals. In those four games they conceded nine goals and score just three times. Last week whilst we lost at Poole Town, Frome lost at home to a 70th minute goal by Hartley Wintney’s Steven Duff.
Frome’s record as expected looks a sorry one at PLD 39 WON 11 DRAWN 3 LOST 25 with 36pts. Whilst their away record is one of the better one’s amongst the bottom teams with 5 Wins 1 Draw and 13 losses. That means they are not to be dismissed as an easy target. They have indeed scored more goals on the road (23), than at home (21), but is another sign why they are destined to be relegated.
With just 44 goals scored all season, their leading goal-scorer won’t have scored many and he is forward Ryan Bath with 7 goals, followed by midfielder Kris Scott with 5 goals. Then three more players have just 3 goals, strikers Harry Baker & Troy Simpson and attacking midfielder Rex Mannings.
As for Basingstoke, we now head into four games in just eight days to end our season.
Last week’s loss at Poole Town, where we fought back to tie the game the game 2-2, only to let the game slip away again, was yet another frustrating game on what has been a rather frustrating season. Admittedly, the pitch didn’t help, as at one end it looked more a child’s sandpit than a goalmouth and the pitch was bumpy across most of the ground. We saw a good debut for Reece Rusher who scored with 15 minutes of entering the game at halftime. Shane Hollamby returned from injury and will be in contention for a start this Saturday.
As the game approaches, we sit in 18th place in the league and our record now sits at Played 39 Won 13 Drawn 7 Lost 19 with 46pts.
Our home record stands at W 8 D 4 L 7 and have scored 40 goals at home, an average of just over two goals a game.
Assuming Tom McGill is in goal as he had little chance with the three Poole goals last week, he will have four of Dean Stow, Jack Wakely, Dan Bayliss, Shane Hollamby and the returning Adam Everiss from suspension in front of him.
The midfield depending on what shape we go with will include Sam Deadfield, Harry Pearse, Sam Smart and either Michael Atkinson or Charlie Kennedy.
Up front will be Sam Argent and either Yvan Jourdan or Ben Wright alongside.
I am assuming and hope that We get the chance to give Reece Rusher some significant game-time, as he impressed the away faithful last week.
The penultimate game ever to be played at the Camrose, it’s time to get down and cheer our boys on to that all important victory and three points.
The weather is expected to be warm and sunny for the game.
Odds please Ian, when you get a chance.
Match Preview by Martin French..