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Basingstoke Town boss Jason Bristow looking for a positive response to first defeat
AFTER suffering their first setback of the season, Basingstoke Town will be keen to bounce back to winning ways when they host Staines Town on Saturday.
Having won their opening three games, including an impressive 2-0 victory over Eastleigh last Saturday, Jason Bristow’s men went down 1-0 at Weston-super-Mare on Monday.
They sit third in the Conference South table, with nine points from four games – and manager Bristow is keen to make sure his charges react in the right way when they welcome Staines to the Camrose on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
“It’s a shame that we have a bit of a wait for our next game because they have been coming thick and fast up until now,” he said. “We need to put things right and I’m sure the players will want to do that.”
Basingstoke will go into Saturday’s game as favourites. They have won their first two home games, while Staines have suffered defeat in both of their games on the road so far this season – but Bristow expects a tough afternoon.
“Staines are a young, energetic team,” he added. “They will try to play and we need to match their competitiveness and play at the tempo we know we can.”
The Town boss was disappointed with his side’s performance at Weston and admitted that there may be changes. David Ray is likely to return to the centre of defence if he recovers from illness in time, while Shaun McAuley could be handed his first start of the season.
Nathan Campbell is unlikely to feature after hurting his hamstring in the warm-up before Monday’s game, while Jordace Holder-Spooner remains out with a dislocated shoulder.
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