Match Preview: CSS League Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Basingstoke Town v Walton Casuals (The Stags)
When: Tuesday 11th December 2018 Kick-off 7.45pm
Where: The Camrose, Basingstoke. RG22 6EZ
After Saturday’s superb 2-1 league match victory against Hendon Town, we finally move back into League Cup action after what seems an eternity over a decision by the FA with regards to ineligible players by both Farnborough & Fleet Town, which resulted in them both being expelled from this season’s cup and thus we progressed to the second round where we face fellow league opponents Walton Casuals, who we played out a 3-3 draw at Walton on the opening day of the season.
That day Walton got what seemed a very, very, late injury-time goal to rob us of two points. Our goal-scorers on the day were a Dean Stow penalty, a sleek left-foot drive by Sam Deadfield and a Callum Bunting header within 60 seconds of his arrival on the pitch as a sub.
Walton Casuals won their 1st round match, well actually they demolished Staines Town 6-0 at home back in early October, with a brace of goals each by Kyron Farrell & Isaac Sarpong.
As for the Stags, they currently sit in 15th place, one place behind us on goal difference, after losing 1-0 at Farnborough on Saturday. Their league record stands at 6 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses with 21pts from 17 games. However, they have a -11 goal difference, compared to our -2 goal difference.
The Casuals leading goal-scorer is forward James Ewington with 10 goals (5 league, 5 cup) and forward Taurean Roberts with 9 goals (4 league & 5 cup). Then there are a number of other players who make up their goals for the season.
They have a big strong keeper in Denzel Gerrar, who despite letting in 3 goals, still made some fantastic saves on the day.
New Manager Martin Kuhl, will be happy with his first two matches, both wins, but is well aware that his work to turn this club around has just started and he has a long hard road ahead of him.
Hoping that we have a full squad available but Philby who hobbled off, may be a doubt.
Would love to see striker Callum Bunting on the bench, but it may be a bit too early for his return.
I would love to see Zidane Akers repeat his performance at Walton at the start of the season, as he tore them to shreds for most of the game.
Would expect Martin will go with his strongest line-up and does that include Dan Collier, who has missed the last couple of games.
3 wins from 3 games would be ideal and there is no reason this can’t be achieved. It’s expected to be dry on the evening, so come and support your new Manager and his squad.
Odds please Ian.
Match Preview by Martin French