Match Preview: Salisbury – Basingstoke Town Saturday 23rd February 2019

Match Preview: Evo Stick South Premier Division South
Salisbury FC v Basingstoke Town
When: Saturday 23rd February 2019 Kick-off 3.00pm
Where: Raymond McEnhill Stadium, Partridge Way, Old Sarum, Salisbury. SP4 6PU

So we have a return league match with Salisbury just 18 days since we lost 0-2 at the Camrose. In that game that last month the Whites were the deserved winners behind a first half goal from Thomas Whelan and a second-half goal by Aaron Dawson.

They currently sit in 2nd place following a last minute goal to earn a 1-1 draw at Kings Langley. Their record now stands at Played 30 Won 16 Drawn 9 and Lost 5 with 57pts. Their goal difference sits at a plus 23 and they are the second equal scorers on 71 goals.
With 71 goals on the season, they have two joint leading goal-scorers forwards Daniel Fitchett & Luke Hopper with 12 goals each. Thomas Whelan has 9 goals, Lewis Benson 7 Aaron Dawson with 6 goals.

Basingstoke prior to Tuesday’s loss, had won 3 of our last four league games, however that other game was the loss to Salisbury, and we still sit in 13th place. Our record now sits at, Played 31 Won 11 Drawn 5 and Lost 15 with 38pts. We have now scored and conceded 60 goals on the season.

Tuesday’s loss was disappointing more for the fact that we not only played poorly, but we allowed ourselves to be bullied on the pitch for the second time against Chesham.

Martin Kuhl, will again have a pencil and rubber at hand when he starts work on his team line-up, knowing that could change if dual-reg players get called back late by their original clubs.
We have yet to have the same starting centre back pair two weeks running in 2019, and I don’t see that changing this Saturday?

Up front Sammy Argent has regained his goal-scoring and maybe paired alongside Ben Wright, who could be back in line for a recall to the team following injury.

The midfield apart from Tuesday has been playing well, but will be up against a much stronger opposition, so I’m hoping Deadfield & Pearse are on top form, with Collier possibly back with Smart the roving winger.

What we do know is that Salisbury will be up for it and we will need to turn in a performance like we did at Weymouth.

Odds please Ian, when you get a chance.

Match Preview by Martin French..