PREVIEW: Wimborne Town V Basingstoke Town

Wimborne Town welcome Basingstoke Town to the Koolpak Stadium on Saturday in a bottom of the table clash, with BetVictor listing us as 11/10 favourites to claim victory.

This is the third time these two sides have met, with both previous encounters at The Camrose Stadium ending in victory for the hosts. The reverse league game in mid September ended in heartbreak for the Magpies, taking the lead through Jack Lovell on 4 minutes and restoring their lead in the 86th minute against ten men, only for two late goals in injury time to send them home empty handed. Six weeks later, Wimborne were dumped out of the FA Trophy having again, taken the lead on two occasions.

Fortunes have since changed for both sides. When Wimborne made the trip for the second time, the Dragons sat in 9th place with the Magpies languishing in 19th. Fast forward five months and Basingstoke have dropped to 18th, just two points from the drop zone, with Wimborne having climbed into a tight 14th position.

Basingstoke have only won two of their last twelve on the road, though those victories did come against league leaders Weymouth and Hartley Wintney. In contrast, Wimborne have won 7 of their previous 12 on home soil, with only one defeat in that time.

Report by Max Emes:

‘Latching onto a through ball and running at the last man, Curtis Young was pulled back by Dean Stow in the 74th minute and consequently Stow was showed red, as he denied the visitors from a golden opportunity to score! Minutes later saw Curtis Young darting past the hosts defence again and fired first time which ricocheted over McAdden and gracefully went into the back of the net to give Wimborne their 2-1 lead in the 86th minute.

The worst was to come when Basingstoke was given a corner which was played and unfortunately hit Billy Maybury in the arm and presented Basingstoke with a penalty. Callum Bunting stood up, in which he fired towards the middle of the goal. Although Gerrard saved the penalty, the rebound came back to Callum and he buried it to equalise the game again!

Just when Wimborne thought they had a point at least to take away, Basingstoke’s Dan Collier fired a low ball from range which was deflected and off caught Gerrard as it went into the net and sparked off a huge celebration from the home fans. As only moments later the game drew to a close, and the dramatic ending meant that Basingstoke luckily won the game 3-2 as they saw off Wimborne Town in the league.

An unlucky five minutes into injury time nearly meant Wimborne were to win just their second league game of the season, only for the visitor’s hearts to be shattered when the hosts fired two late goals to give Basingstoke the win.’

Fancy a flutter? BetVictor have given us odds of 11/10 to get all three points this Saturday, and by signing up through the offer link below, you can enjoy great odds on this promotion. Please gamble responsibly. Players and Officials are not permitted to bet. 

Quiz Night

Saturday evening is also Quiz Night to fundraise for Matt Oldring’s trip to teach children in a remote Zulu village in South Africa for 3 weeks.