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Basingstoke Town manager Jason Bristow's weekly column
10:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Football
AFTER the disappointment of last Saturday, we turn our attention back to the league this week.
We face Hayes and Yeading United, who, like us, were knocked out of the FA Cup on Tuesday. We will certainly be looking to bounce back with a victory at the weekend and I am sure Hayes will be thinking exactly the same thing.
We were very frustrated with the second half performance we put in during the FA Cup defeat to Weston. We had an excellent week’s training and started the game brightly but faded in the second half.
After speaking with the players after the game and at training on Tuesday, I found out that they too were frustrated and are desperate to play on Saturday and get us back on track.
On Tuesday we kick off our Hampshire Senior Cup campaign with a trip to US Portsmouth.
The Hampshire Cup is a competition we will be taking seriously and looking to win this season. Many managers see the county cups as little more than an unwelcome distraction, but I am not among them.
The final is played at the ground of a Football League club and, if we can get there, playing in such a game and hopefully picking up some silverware would be a really good way to finish the season.
US Portsmouth may play their football in the Wessex League but do not be fooled, this will not be an easy game. I expect them to be very competitive as they look to progress in the competition themselves and claim a scalp by beating us.
Midfielder Nathan Campbell started his loan spell at Kingstonian last week, putting in a solid performance in a 2-0 win. We hope he has a successful month and look forward to having him back with us and match fit very soon.
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