Basingstoke Town FC are playing AFC Bournemouth in the final of the Hampshire FA Saturday Senior Cup on May 2nd at Southampton FC’s home ground, St. Mary’s Stadium – Kick off is 7:45pm. In this post below are some logistics for the day, along with how BTFC made it to St. Mary’s and a match preview to the final against AFC Bournemouth.
The club have organised a 53 seater coach for BTFC fans, which will be leaving the Camrose at 6pm on May 2nd. Those looking to travel on the away day coach can pay in the clubhouse leading up to the match.
[Updated: 01/05/2017] There are now only four places remaining on the supporters coach, so please act fast to avoid disappointment…
Tickets are available on the gate at St. Mary’s.
Route to the Final
BTFC 5 - 1 Farnborough
BTFC 1 - 0 Cowes Sports
BTFC 2 - 0 Stoneham
BTFC 3 - 1 Winchester
Match Preview – by Nick Wilson
Basingstoke conclude the 2016/17 season next Tuesday with a Hampshire Senior Cup final at Southampton’s St. Mary’s Stadium with the youngsters of Premier League side AFC Bournemouth standing between them and a trophy to end the season with. The Dorset club, eligible for the competition due to their proximity to Hampshire and formerly being a part of the county, are hoping to win the competition for a fourth time and just the second since 1959 while Basingstoke are bidding to become the sixth team to collect the trophy seven times. The match will be a repeat of the 1989 final which Bournemouth won 2-1.
Like Basingstoke, Bournemouth began their campaign in the second round of the competition, beating Wessex League Premier side 2-0 and moving on to a meeting with a team in the same league in Bashley. A 4-0 victory saw them into the quarter finals where Gosport Borough were handily dispatched 6-0 and a tight semi final against Hartley Wintney eventually saw them through to the final by virtue of a single goal under new manager Mark Molesley.
Basingstoke are looking to extend a Hampshire Cup run that has seen just one defeat in 90 minutes since the 2012-13 season and will want to continue a run that saw them through the last six league matches of the season unbeaten. Bournemouth go into the game sitting top of the South East division of the Central League and are riding the crest of a wave following a formidable run of form that has seen five consecutive wins with 14 goals scored to just one conceded by a defence that is also yet to concede a goal in the Hampshire Cup this season.
The match will present a stern test for Terry Brown’s young side who will be eager to show what they are capable of against a Premier League academy team and end the season with a trophy!