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Hungerford promise strength for Cup tie

Derby trip to relegated Basingstoke will be no easy ride

Malcolm Howe



Hungerford promise strength for Cup tie

Hungerfords Nicky Shorey in action against Gosport last week

HUNGERFORD TOWN will be taking no FA Cup risks when they send the strongest possible side to Basingstoke Town for Saturday’s Qualifying Round tie.

Basingstoke dropped out of the Vanarama National League at the end of last season, to be replaced by Hungerford, and the Hampshire side have not made the best of starts to life n the South League’s Premier Division.

“ But they will be able to forget all about the league this weekend,” said Hungerford manager Bobby Wilkinson, who has had several reports on ‘Stoke and sent Jon Boardman to watch them lose at King’s Langley in midweek.

“They are young, fit young, and on their day could beat us if we don’t turn up, and we’ve done that before in the FA Cup,” he added.

“We always seem lose to teams from lower leagues bcasue we’ve always wanted to think about the next league game.

“But we don’t have one next week, so it changes everything a bit.”

“I’ve tinkered with the team in the past, but not this time,” he added. “But I’m lot doing that and we will be at full strengh.”

Only injured midfielder Ian Herring Alan O’Brien on the sidelines, the Irish international winger still a couple of weeks away from fitness following a summer hernia operation.

Thatcham Town take on another of the teams around them at the top of the Hellenic League's Premier Division table when they go to Thame United on Saturday.

Thame remain unbeaten after six league games, two points behind Thatcham in second spot, and with three matches in hand. Last week they beat Tadley Calleva 5-1 at home in the FA Vase.

Tadley return to Wessex League duty with the visit to Barlows Park of New Milton Town.

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