Match Preview: Wimborne Town v Basingstoke Town Saturday 30th March 2019

Match Preview: Evo Stick South Premier Division South
Wimborne Town v Basingstoke Town
When: Saturday 30th March 2019 Kick-off 3.00pm
Where: The Koolpak Stadium, Cuthbury, Cowgrove Road, Wimborne. BH21 4EL

So our last game in March takes us to the return match of one of the new league boys Wimborne Town. Back in mid-September we somehow pulled out a 3-2 win with 10-men as Dean Stow received a straight red card and then scoring two goals in injury-time, a follow-up penalty by then Stokie Callum Bunting on 91 minutes and then a 93rd minute deflected shot by then Dan Collier.

This Wimborne are yet another team nicknamed the Magpies (1 of 2 teams in our league), are managed by Matty Holmes and although after a poor start of the season, then went on a run that pushed them into the top half of the table behind goal-scoring magnet Tobias Holmes. However, in recent weeks they have been on a poor run and they have slipped back to 14th and sit just 4 places and 3 pts us above. Their last five games have brought just 1 draw (Weymouth 0-0), and 4 losses and more importantly their goal-scoring has dried up with just 3 goals scored. The Magpies home record still looks pretty impressive with Won 10 Drawn 4 Lost 4, whilst their overall record sits at PLD 36 WON 13 DRAWN 6 LOST 17 with 45pts.

As stated their man goal-scoring threat is 26-year-old forward Tobias Holmes, who has 29 league goals. He is ably supported by fellow forward Luke Burbidge who has 9 league goals. Other contributors are Curtis Young with 6 and both James Stokoe and Franklyn Clarke both with four goals.

As for Basingstoke, it is time for a big performance on the road and this match against an out of form Magpie team is clearly our chance. That said our away record is far from great and sits at Won 4 Drawn 3 Lost 11. Those four wins were against Frome, Staines, Hartley Wintney and more recently Weymouth.
Sitting in 18th place in the league our record now sits at Played 36 Won 12 Drawn 6 Lost 18 with 42pts.

Many questions will sit around about our line-up, will Tom McGill be back or will Chris Rackley continue between the sticks this week? The defence looks likely to remain the same as last week , so Stow, Wakely, Bayliss and Everiss.

In midfield I would hope we Deadfield, Pearse and or Kennedy and Atkinson will vie for the midfield roles.

Upfront injured Argent trained Tuesday and hopes if Thursday’s session goes well, will be inline for a recall with Smart and Wright the other options as the attacking force.

A win Saturday will go some way in securing our safety and it would be good for team and fan morale as we enter the last month of the season.

Odds please Ian, when you get a chance.

Match Preview by Martin French..