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Looking ahead to a trip to Basingstoke Town

Thursday, 08 March 2018 17:43

UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

On Saturday St Neots travel to Basingstoke for their next engagement in the Southern League.   With just one defeat in their last six league games Basingstoke are on a bit of a charge up the league table and their creditable midweek draw away at Slough left them just a point behind St Neots in twelfth place in the table – with one match in hand.  

Basingstoke joined the Southern League Premier Division upon relegation from the former Conference Southern Division at the end of the 2015/16 season after twelve seasons at Step Two.   Their ambition of a swift return to that level appears floundered last season as they finished twelfth – 23 points shy of the play-off place they had targeted.   It will take an outstanding set of results in the run-in for them to achieve an outside chance of a return to Step Two this season.   However, they have a club structure behind them that will serve them well when they do return to Step Two.   In fact, our two clubs have something in common because we share superbly organised youth facilities.   Both Clubs run Academies with Basingstoke boasting 59 full time Academy players on their books and they have education and community schemes aplenty regardless of the fact that they are still trying to preserve the continued use of their present Camrose Stadium facilities.  Last season saw St Neots’ only trip to Basingstoke and that resulted in a narrow 1-0 defeat although we gained some revenge in the return game at the Premier Plus Stadium when goals from Shane Hill and Bradley Fortnum-Tomlinson gave us a 2-1 victory.

 

Subject to any lingering fitness doubts surrounding Scott Sinclair and Harry O’Malley, St Neots could have a near full squad to choose from apart from Kyran Wiltshire, who sits out once again this week due to last weekend’s postponement, to complete his two game suspension.

John Walker

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