AT A POINT in the season where Basingstoke Town need all of their players fit, a spate of injuries is threatening their play-off push.
The Camrose club are in the midst of their busiest period in recent memory, Jason Bristow’s men facing three key games in the next six days, having already played twice this week.
Town face a trip to Farnborough tonight (kick-off 7.45pm), before travelling to Dover on Saturday (3pm) and hosting Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
Key midfielder Shaun McAuley is likely to miss all three games with a rib injury, while playmaker and captain Wes Daly is a major doubt for the Farnborough game with a sore knee.
On top of that, another midfielder, Neil Barrett, left the field complaining of a tight hamstring before the end of Tuesday night’s Hampshire Senior Cup victory over Gosport Borough.
Jay Gasson sat that game out with a stiff neck but is expected to be fit for the trip to Farnborough.
Bristow said: “It is difficult at the moment but we have got players who I am confident will do the right things to ensure that they are ready for the next game.
“We managed to win and rest a few players on Tuesday, which is good news because the pitches are very heavy, but Shaun McAuley could end up missing seven or eight games, when at another point in the season, he might have only missed two or three.”
Town currently sit 10th in the Conference South table, eight points outside the play-off places, with games in hand over most of the sides above them.
However, the next six days could be vital, with Basingstoke facing two of their play-off rivals in Dover and Eastbourne.
“We have a lot of games coming up against people around us in the table,” Bristow added. “If we are able to get the right results, it could be a really good week for us.
“If we can pick up three points against Dover and Eastbourne, that would be fantastic and really close the gap between us and the top five.
"However, if we are unable to win, it is important that we do not lose and allow the gap to get any bigger.
“We were disappointed to draw with Maidenhead on Saturday but now we are through to the Hampshire Senior Cup final and hopefully that will give us a real boost.”