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Basingstoke Town look to continue good form against Maidenhead
NEXT up for Basingstoke Town is a home game against Maidenhead United – and manager Jason Bristow says his side’s excellent results against Salisbury and Welling will count for nothing if they lose.
Town go into tonight’s game at the Camrose (kick-off 7.45pm) unbeaten in their last four, a run the Basingstoke boss is determined to see continue.
Bristow said: “We cannot rest on our laurels. The last two results will not mean anything if we lose on Tuesday.
“Tuesday is a massive game because we have set a standard for ourselves. We have to live up to it and if we do, we should get three points.”
The two sides met at York Road last month, drawing 2-2. Maidenhead have since lost top striker Alex Wall to Luton Town, but they have replaced him with Richard Pacquette, who scored against Town for Sutton United recently.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Eastleigh means the Berkshire club have now lost three in a row, but Bristow is expecting a tough game.
“They are quite direct but they have got quality going forward and are a threat,” he said. “We have to nullify that before we worry about what we are doing going forward.
“If we worry about ourselves and carry on performing like we have been then we should be okay.”
Midfielder Stuart Lake will be available after missing Saturday’s trip to Welling due to a wedding, but Bristow was impressed with the performance of his replacement, Nathan Campbell who could retain his place in the side.
However, Town will be without defenders Ross Adams, Jay Gasson and Matt Warner, while midfielder Simon Dunn is a doubt after picking up a knock at Welling, so Shaun McAuley could come in.
Further forward, Bristow looks set to continue fielding three genuine strikers.
He said: “When you have three quality strikers like we do it is hard not to play them all. Between them they have a mix of everything.
“Delano Sam-Yorke has the pace and power to worry defences, Manny Williams has experience and trickery and Tim Sills is great in the air. They are working hard not just going forward but defensively as well, so it’s difficult to leave them out.”
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