‘Boro make the short journey down the M3 on Boxing Day (Thursday), to The Camrose, to take on local rivals Basingstoke Town in an eagerly awaited Hampshire Derby. (Skrill South League Fixture – Kick off 3pm)
* UPDATE (26/12/13 – 10:10am) – NO PLANNED PITCH INSPECTION
Spencer Day’s men have won once on their travels so far this season, so will be looking to get back to winning ways by halting a run of form that has seen them suffer three consecutive defeats.
A win for ‘Boro would see them leapfrog opposition Basingstoke, and propel them into the top half of the table if other results fall their way. The festive period sees ‘Boro play 3 fixtures in the space of a week (Basingstoke away, Havant home, then Basingstoke home), so your support is needed more than ever as we look to collect 9 points from the three games, to put us a step closer to securing Conference South football for another season.
Goalkeepers Kevin Scriven and Matt Lovett are ruled out through Injury, and Adam Doyle sits out through suspension, as he serves the first of his three match ban.
An inconsistent start to the campaign sees Jason Bristow’s Basingstoke occupy 11th place, with 5 of their 8 victories coming on home turf.
In their latest League outing, Basingstoke were defeated 5-3, in an eight goal thriller at Bishops Stortford, and remain 5 points off the play-off zone.
Previewing the game, Jason Bristow told the Basingstoke Gazette:“We will be disappointed if we lose any game, so the target for us has to be nine points from the three games if we want to get back to where we want to be. “It’s crucial for us. We need to pick up a lot of points in the next couple of weeks. “It’s a good opportunity for us to do that and get ourselves right back into the pack near the top of the table, where we want to be. “Our home record is quite good and we are looking at it as a winnable game. Last year, we lost there on Boxing Day and then won 6-2 at home. Hopefully, we can make sure that the game is just as entertaining this year.”
Familiar faces in the ‘Stoke line-up will be David Ray and Kezie Ibe (both ex. ‘Boro), who will be joined by new team mate Louie Soares. ‘Basingstoke bolstered their squad on Tuesday, with the signing of midfielder of Louie Soares, 26, who was released by league rivals Hayes & Yeading United recently.’ Supporters may re-call Soares scoring against ‘Boro in October, as Hayes & Yeading inflicted a first home league defeat for ‘Boro.
One to watch: Manny Williams – 5 goals
Stadium Address: The Camrose, Western Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG22 6EZ.
Kick Off at The Camrose is 3pm and Admission Prices are:
- Adult – £12
- Concessions* – £8
- Children (11-15) – £4
- Children (Under 11) – £2
- Family Ticket (2 Adults 2 Children) – £25
- Transfer to Seating in the Main Stand – £1 (Payable at the Main Stand)
*Concession available to over 60s, students, registered disabled, unemployed, acting servicemen and all emergency services showing a current valid ID.
- Car Park – £1
- Match Day Programme – £2.50
- All Tickets pay at the Gate on the day. No need to book.
- Admission Gates 1, 2, 3 (car park) are generally open on Match Days.
- Half Time Exit & Re-Entry – Exit & re-entry during Half Time will be through Gate 5 (Players & Officials Gate) only. Please retain your ticket should you leave the ground and wish to re-enter, as Half Time (half price) entry charges apply.
Skrill South Fixtures – Thursday 26 December 2013
Boreham Wood vs Concord Rangers (13:00)
Sutton United vs Hayes & Yeading United (15:00)
Dorchester Town vs Eastleigh (15:00)
Basingstoke Town vs Farnborough (15:00)
Havant & Waterlooville vs Gosport Borough (15:00)
Bromley vs Ebbsfleet United (15:00)
Dover Athletic vs Tonbridge Angels (15:00)
Bath City vs Weston-Super-Mare (15:00)
Maidenhead United vs Staines Town (15:00)
Chelmsford City vs Bishops Stortford (15:00)
Eastbourne Borough vs Whitehawk (15:00)
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