Basingstoke Strikers is a community project and provides all inclusive football coaching for adults. Whatever your level of footballing ability you will be able to join in the fun.
Founded in 2011, the group have attended many local tournaments and in 2013 won the prestigious Bournemouth All Inclusive Football Tournament. So why not come and live your dreams of playing football.
The teams train on Saturday mornings so for more information, contact Nina Pitcairn-Hill on 07899 888282.
Basingstoke Strikers returned triumphant from Bournemouth on Sunday 19th May with their first piece of silverware. Having gone down 3-0 to Poole Town disability team earlier in the Ability Counts tournament the Strikers won the final against them on penalties with Daniel Selwood, fresh from scoring nine goals in the league qualifiers, taking the goalkeeper’s gloves for the penalty shoot-out and Rory Matthias scoring the winner from the spot. Captain for the day Leon Major lifted the trophy having led by example in all the games. The team won five of its eight qualifying games through a really good all round team effort. Andrew Bibbo tackled strongly in defence with Barry Bridges making a string of vital saves. Jason Evans ran tirelessly supported by Sam Heath and Ashley Baldwin in midfield and David Tripp was a constant threat in attack. Coach Ian Halloway is now focussing on the next big tournament at Four Clubs, Bordon in early July. Basingstoke Strikers are looking for a volunteer treasurer who will be a member of the management committee. Enquiries to Nina Pitcairn-Hill on 07899 888282.
Basingstoke Strikers played their last game of the Summer, coming out on top 11-4 in a hard fought game against Andover New Street at the Camrose on Saturday 29th September. Daniel Selwood and Jason Evans made their home debuts and soon settled into the team play with some fine defending and darting runs down the left hand wing. David Tripp’s first goal for the club was the highlight of the game, with Leon Major adding two to his tally this season. The goals against could have been greater but for some great saves by Barry Bridges. Ashley Baldwin and Richard Dean also weighed in with impressive performances and Rory Matthias and Simon Marsden added further goals. All in all a good all round team performance.
Basingstoke Strikers celebrated their successes in the Streets Ahead Inclusive Football Festival with Para-Olympic and Olympic torchbearers Angela Jackson and Ben Walton. Won 2, drawn 2 and lost 2 was the outcome for an improving Strikers squad, with Leon Major netting his first goal for the club and striker Rory Matthias bagging four goals. In defence, there were strong displays from keeper Barry Bridges, Conway Marshall and Ashley Baldwin. In midfield, Richard Dean, Tom Fisher and Gavin Sherwood worked hard against strong teams from Andover New Street, Southampton and Bournemouth. The hero of the day was Andrew Bibbo who broke his collar bone and,who despite having a really painful injury was driven to hospital by team assistant Kevin Major with a minimum of fuss – the team missed his skilled left wing play after he was injured. Results v New Street B drew 1-1; v Southampton B lost 2-1; v Southampton A lost 3-0; v Streets Ahead A won 2-1; v Bournemouth Won 3-1; v Southampton C drew 0-0. Match Report & Photo supplied by Mike Stockwell
The newly named Basingstoke Strikers were in top form when they played The Feltham Bees. The match took place on the morning of the visit of Brentford to the Camrose for a pre season friendly against the First Team, and was the third encounter between these two sides. In a highly contested game Basingstoke came out top with a 9 – 4 win, a magnificent performance following two previous defeats, and having a under strength side – The Strikers could only field 6 players and a sub, so playing a Feltham Bees team of 7 with plenty of subs meant Basingstoke had to work hard. The team organised well and all the players put in a solid performance. Some great goal keeping from Barry kept the opposition score low. Vice captain Leon briefed the team well, with the main instruction being to get the ball to Rory. Rory scored and scored and just kept scoring. Many thanks to those who came along to support the Strikers – The team can hardly wait to play again. Scroll to the bottom of the page for photos from the match
At the recent BTFC Open Day the Adult Disability Football Team held an important meeting. Much was discussed, including decisions about making the group more regular and getting more members. The most important discussion point was about the choice of a team name. A suggestion box was placed on the information stall and visitors put forward their ideas. By democratic decision, the group then chose the name “Basingstoke Strikers”. On Saturday 4th August the team will play for the first time under the new team name. The opponents, Feltham Bees, are no strangers to our team, so this should prove another interesting encounter. The teams first met prior to last season’s FA cup game against Brentford, and met again in a return match at the Camrose later on in the season. Come and support the Basingstoke Strikers, prior to the friendly v Brentford on Saturday 4th August; kick off 11:30am
The long awaited rematch against the Feltham Bees ( affiliated to Brentford FC)and BTFC Adult Disability Football Team took place on Saturday 14th April.
In a well contested match the Basingstoke team acquitted themselves well and showed how much they had improved over the season. Every member of the team played their part whether it was in goal, defending or attacking.
As the game went on Basingstoke got stronger and with two goals disallowed came close to getting the upper hand. The final score was Feltham 10 BTFC 5.
Everyone had a great game and a lot of fun. Basingstoke start their tournament season in May.
Photo by Ian Halloway: BTFC Adult Disability Football Team & Feltham Bees