Hampshire FA Saturday Senior Cup Final – Logistics and Preview

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.

Travel

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…

Supporters Coach

£10 per person

Map

SFC Visiting Supporters Guide

For more information about St. Mary's Stadium and how to get there, please download the 'Visiting Supporters Guide'.
Download Here

Tickets

Tickets are available on the gate at St. Mary’s.

Adults

£10

Concessions

£5

Route to the Final

BTFC 5 - 1 Farnborough

The competition began for Basingstoke with a 5-1 victory over Southern League Division 1 side Farnborough in the 2nd Round. The Southern League Division 1 side made the short journey over but after a good start found themselves pegged back as Basingstoke fought back from an early deficit with five unanswered goals. An own goal from Charlie Kennedy gave the visitors a third minute lead but Richie Whittingham equalised a minute later before Aaron Jarvis put Basingstoke in front before half time. Kennedy atoned for his early own goal by making it 3-1 and after Alex Tokarczyk saved a penalty, Romone Rose came on to score twice from range to round off the night and send his team cruising through to the 3rd round.

BTFC 1 - 0 Cowes Sports

The 3rd round paired Basingstoke with Cowes Sports in a mismatch between teams two tiers apart. An experimental Basingstoke side progressed with a narrow 1-0 victory without ever really hitting their stride, thanks to an early Aaron Jarvis goal, converting the rebound from Aaron Redford's saved penalty inside the first ten minutes. From then on the hosts were comfortable as the Isle of Wight team struggled to cause problems and was only due to an element of wastefulness in front of goal that Basingstoke didn't increase their margin of victory.

BTFC 2 - 0 Stoneham

Another home tie in the quarter final saw Basingstoke pitted against AFC Stoneham of the Wessex League Division 1 and Basingstoke saw themselves comfortably through to the last four against lower league opposition once again. Goals from Ashleigh Artwell in the first half and a late strike from George Bennett were enough to see Basingstoke safely through, despite a couple of scares as Stoneham hit the woodwork and an altercation that saw Matt Partridge given a straight red card.

BTFC 3 - 1 Winchester

Continuing the run of home ties in the competition, Basingstoke found themselves facing a Winchester City side who had come close to promotion to the Southern League Premier the season before. An improved performance in a close fought game saw Basingstoke take the lead early on with a goal for Charlie Kennedy in the 7th minute, sending the home side into the break 1-0 up. However Winchester got back in the game early in the second half with an unfortunate own goal from Marcus Johnson-Schuster in the 52nd minute. Basingstoke managed to wrap up the game in normal time though, with two goals in the last fifteen minutes from captain David Ray and then a trademark free kick from the impressive Nana Owusu to seal a place in Tuesday's final.

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!

We hope to see all of you BTFC Barmy Army lot there!

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