BASINGSTOKE Town and Hartley Wintney will be looking to make the most of their home advantage as they kick off their FA Trophy campaigns this Saturday.

The Row will be hosting Tiverton Town, while the Dragons welcome Wimborne Town to the Camrose for what both teams’ respective coaches are calling a big weekend.

After an impressive 4-1 victory on Tuesday, Hartley joint-manager Anthony Millerick is hoping this momentum will roll on to Saturday.

He said: “We have had a bit of an stop-start season so far, where we have been so used to winning games in the past.

“That is why we purposely fielded a strong team on Tuesday night to get the win and build confidence going into the cup game.

“The FA Trophy is a massive competition and we really enjoyed a good run in it last year and we hope to do the same, if not better, this time around.”

Millerick added: “Sometimes it can be a benefit for the team to take the focus off the league campaign and focus on something else.

“The FA Trophy can have a great financial benefit for a club like us and we want all the fans to enjoy the occasion and come out and support the lads.”

Town will also be hoping to carry on their winning ways after a 3-0 win against Staines last weekend.

And assistant manger Dan Brownlie said with two of the side’s top goalscorers coming into form they can be a threat to any side.

“Jack McKnight is in a rich vein of form,” Brownlie said. “He had a tough start to the season after getting injured in one of the opening games of pre-season.

“He’s worked really hard to get himself fit and is now delivering performances of a really high level.

“[Sam] Argent is back amongst the goals and the reason this excites me is I know what is coming. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Arg for nearly five years now and we use to joke that going eighty minutes without scoring was a goal drought by his own standards.”

Brownlie added: “This competition is a big one and one in which you can test yourselves against the best in the country. We want to give ourselves that opportunity and create some more memorable occasions for our supporters. “

Town already have a victory over Wimborne, winning 3-2 earlier in the season, but Brownlie isn’t taking this match as a given adding that their weekend opponents are not to be taken lightly.