This Saturday, Wimborne Town FC return to league duties against Basingstoke Town FC, as they look to put FA Cup disappointment behind them. The record books indicate this is the first time these two sides have ever met in a competitive match.
Unfortunately there will not be a coach available for this fixture. If you are travelling the post code for the ground is RG22 6EZ.
Basingstoke secured passage to the Second Qualifying Round on Tuesday night, though they did require keeper Colm McAdden to make a heroic penalty save to deny Paulton’s Ben Withey just before the half time whistle. They’ve enjoyed success in the early stages of the FA Cup over the last decade, making two appearances in the First Round proper, most recently during the 2011-12 season. It was in December 2006 however, when they took Aldershot Town to a replay in the Second round after a 1-1 draw away, before losing 3-1 in the home game.
Jason Bristow’s men finished strongly last season, ending in 10th position in the Southern League Premier Division. They’ve started this season brightly, sitting in 5th position and just two points behind early leaders Weymouth, having won three of their six games so far. A win on Saturday could see them top the table at the midway point in September.
Wimborne will be without star front man Toby Holmes as he remains on holiday. There may be another Holmes on the pitch though, as Luke Holmes could be set to return from his time on the sidelines. Meanwhile Lewis Tallack may be unavailable due to work commitments.
Skipper Charlie Kennedy looks set to miss out for Basingstoke, having been taken off at half time on Tuesday with a “nasty knock”.
Basingstoke Town FC sadly reported earlier this week that John Ward recently passed away peacefully in his sleep. A resident of Old Basing, John was a past Chairman of Hampshire FA, he served as The FA Council representative for Hampshire FA for 19 years, retiring at the end of the 2016 / 2017 season. He served as a National Game representative on the Board for 7 years and was elected into the Fellowship of The FA Council on his retirement.
John was a keen follower of the club and was pleased to attend the recent home game with Poole Town even though his health was failing. He had taken great interest, and given advice, in the club moving to Winklebury.
As a mark of respect, there will be a minutes silence before the kick off this saturday. We ask all supporters to join in showing their respect.
Basingstoke Town FC fact-file…
Southern Division champions: 1984–85
Division One champions: 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71
North Division champions: 1911–12, 1919–20
Hampshire Senior Cup
Winners: 1970–71, 1989–90, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2007–08, 2013–14, 2016–17
Winners: 2005, 2006
Best league position: 3rd in the Conference South, 2014–15
Best FA Cup performance: Second round, 1989–90, 1997–98, 2006–07
Most appearances: Billy Coombs (1980s)
Most goals: Paul Coombs 159 (1991–99)
Biggest win: 10–1 vs Chichester City, FA Cup first qualifying round, 1976
Heaviest defeat: 8–0 vs Aylesbury United, Southern League Division One South, April 1979
Record attendance: 5,085 vs Wycombe Wanderers, FA Cup first round, November 1997
Record league attendance: 2,810 vs Aldershot Town, Isthmian League Premier Division 26 December 1998
Record transfer fee paid: £4,750 to Gosport Borough for Steve Ingham