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Jason Bristow: Basingstoke Town must build on great start
BASINGSTOKE Town may have equalled their best-ever start to a Conference South season but manager Jason Bristow is refusing to get carried away.
The Camrose club last amassed 12 points from their opening five games of the season in 2004-05, the first year of competition in the Conference South.
Their excellent form has them second in the table, with only goal difference separating them and leaders Bromley – but, while Bristow is delighted with the start his side have made, he says they can perform better.
“It’s great to have a good start, get points on the board and get the supporters behind you – but more important that you build on it,” he said. “There’s still a lot more to come, which is good, but we need to start performing as we know we can soon or we will get found out.
“We have got a very good squad so I am not surprised by the start we have made. The players we have brought in have good experience and knowledge so I was always quite confident and expected us to make a decent start.”
Town will be looking to make it five wins out of six when they travel to Whitehawk on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
The Brighton side have had a strange start to the season. They have failed to score in four of their opening five games but had no trouble finding the net in the other match, enjoying a 6-2 win at Dorchester.
Bristow said: “Whitehawk may be a bit low on confidence because of the results they have had but it is difficult to know what to expect because we do not know much about them. It’s important that we go there with the right mentality.
“We have put ourselves up there to be shot at and, if we are to stay up there, we need to go to places like Whitehawk and perform.”
The really good news for Basingstoke is that four of the six players forced to sit out last weekend’s 2-1 win over Staines are expected to return to the side.
The game may come too soon for Nathan Campbell’s hamstring problem, while Jordace Holder-Spooner could be out until Christmas with a dislocated shoulder.
However, goalkeeper Louis Wells, defenders Robbie Rice and David Ray and striker Robbie Matthews are all expected to be fit.
As a result, Bristow has some serious decisions to make when it comes to selection.
He said: “It’s good to be able to bring four players like them back into a winning team but it is going to be a tough job picking 11 players because I believe we have 16 or 17 players who would walk into the team at most clubs in this league.”
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