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Town's Bournemouth tester
8:00am Tuesday 31st July 2012 in Blue Square Conference South
JASON Bristow is looking forward to Basingstoke Town’s next pre-season game – a home friendly against League One AFC Bournemouth at the Camrose tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).
The Dorset club have pledged to bring a strong side to Basingstoke and Bristow says that the match will be a good test for his team.
“We are all looking forward to the game,” the Town manager said. “It’s always nice to play a professional club and they have told us that they will be bringing a strong side.
“It will be a great test and hopefully a chance to get on the ball a bit more. Hopefully we will get a big crowd and put on a big performance for them.”
Bournemouth could feature former Brighton Hill Community College pupil Ryan Case, who signed a professional deal at the club earlier this year and scored in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Poole Town on Friday night.
Bristow was pleased with the way his side performed in their Friday night game, a 1-1 draw with Totton.
“We knew it would be a good workout and they are a good side, especially going forward,” he said. “They caused us problems in the first half.
“They have probably got one of the best wide players in non-league in Mike Gosney and their right winger is also pretty handy but I thought Nathan Smart dealt with Gosney quite well and Toby Little was excellent.
“As the game went on we came into it more and I thought we dominated the second half without creating many clear cut chances.”
The one sour note from the evening was a serious injury suffered by Totton’s Nathaniel Sherborne following a challenge from Chris Paterson.
Bristow said: “I thought Chris won the ball fairly and it was just one of those things. It’s just a really unfortunate incident and Sherborne is one of the nicest lads around so it’s horrible to see something like that happen.”