Match Of The Week 1 – AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Basingstoke Town

The clouds are leaden grey, and the rain is slight yet relentless. Half of the nations train timetables are running a Sunday service, and the other half aren’t running at all. It can only be a British bank holiday weekend, and this weekend is kicking off with a match from the top of the Blue Square South. I’m no great fan of Alex Ferguson’s oft-quoted phrase “squeaky bum time”, but it seems particularly apposite today. There are three teams still in the race for the BSS championship – Wimbledon are top of table but, where they had been sitting pretty at the top of the table they are now clinging on by their already frayed fingernails, whilst Eastleigh and Hampton & Richmond Borough grimly hang onto their coat tails, nipping at their heels and sticking thorns in their side. Over the last seven days, however, things have swung slightly back in their favour. They put in a workmanlike performance in beating Team Bath last Saturday, ending a run of just one win in six matches. On Monday night, they had a further large slice of luck when their nearest challengers, Hampton & Richmond Borough, lost 3-2 at Chelmsford City. Hampton would have drawn level on points with four matches left to play. As it stands, with a three point gap and a superior goal difference, the chink of daylight...

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