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Basingstoke Town and Hartley Wintney plot FA Cup wins
BASINGSTOKE Town and Hartley Wintney will be gunning for FA Cup glory on Saturday in the second qualifying round of the world’s oldest cup competition.
A victory would also be a nice pay day for both clubs as £4,500
is up for grabs for the winners.
Basingstoke entertain fellow Conference South side Weston-super-Mare, while Combined Counties Premier Division outfit Hartley will be looking to create an upset when they travel to Ryman League South side Eastbourne Town. Both games have a 3pm kick-off.
For Town, this is their first outing in the competition this season, and the game at the Camrose is certain to be a hotly contested as the visitors are currently third in the Conference South.
When the sides met last month in Somerset, Weston won the game 1-0 so Town have a great chance to avenge that defeat.
Town boss Bristow said: “The FA Cup is a special competition and, of course, this is a tricky tie. We know it is going to be difficult as Weston don’t concede many goals.
“We would love a good run in the competition, and are going out to win the game for ourselves, the fans and the club. Last time we played them, I don’t think we gave a good account of ourselves, so we will be looking to put that right.”
Town are expected to have Manny Williams back from illness, and goalkeeper Louis Wells is also available after missing last week’s narrow league defeat at Bromley.
New loan signing from Reading, Matt Partridge, can also play, but Nathan Campbell will not figure as he has been loaned out to Kingstonian for a month.
Bristow, who has a welcome selection headache, said: “Everyone wants to play in the FA Cup, and at the moment, everyone knows that if they do not perform, someone can take their place.”
For Hartley Wintney, this is their fifth game in the competition having won both of their previous ties after replays.
Player/manager Ben Dillon, is keen to emulate the FA Cup run the club had under Neville Roach in 2011-12, when they reached the third qualifying round before losing to Basingstoke Town.
Hartley are in fine form at the moment with seven straight wins, so confidence is high in the camp.
Their opponents Eastbourne have only won two games this season, which have both been in the cup, and are currently bottom of their league.
A coach full of players and fans will make the trip from the village, and Dillon said: “We are playing well at the moment and we will go there and play our game.
It is going to be a great day out for the club and I would love to equal Neville’s record.”
Hartley have one injury worry and that is striker Shane Hollamby who came off injured in Tuesday night’s 5-3 league win at Windsor.