Sentiment won't get in Malone's way

Dave Malone

Dave Malone

First published in Sport

WINCHESTER City’s director of football Dave Malone will not let sentiment get in the way of FA Cup ambition at his old club Bashley tomorrow.

Having had a spell as Bash chairman back in 2001, Malone was saddened to see the cash-strapped New Forest hovering on the brink of extinction during the summer following relegation from the Southern Premier Division.

Now under the new leadership of chairman Angela Speechley-Price and her co-team boss husband Graham, the Foresters are scraping by on a zero budget. But they have had a torrid start to the Southern One South & West campaign, picking up just one point from six games.

Malone said: “They’re struggling in football terms so, in that respect, it’s a reasonably good draw for us.

“I’ll always have a lot of affection for Bashley. There’s been a lot of water under the bridge since I was there, but I’m glad the new people are giving it a go.

“I’m pleased they’re alive and kicking – but I also hope we stuff them!”

Both clubs will be looking to make amends for a disappointing bank holiday in tomorrow’s preliminary round tie, worth £1,925 to the victors.

While Bash lost 3-1 to Wimborne, Winchester suffered an unexpected jolt to their Sydenhams title ambitions, beaten 3-2 at home by newly-promoted Petersfield Town.

Malone described it as “a thoroughly disappointing afternoon where we looked threatening up front - and threatened at the back.” He added: “Hopefully it will teach us some valuable lessons.”

Tomorrow’s winners host the victors of the all-Wessex tie between Bemerton HH and Bournemouth Poppies.

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