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Match preview – Holcombe vs. Wimbledon (Premier Division, 22nd October, 2023)

By Lucas Ball

Holcombe are hoping to earn their fourth consecutive Premier Division win as Wimbledon travel to Holcombe Park on Sunday afternoon (3pm) in the second part of this weekend’s double-header.

The home side have won five of their first six so far this season, and have beaten Surbiton (3-2), Oxted (1-0) and East Grinstead (7-1) in their last three to sit third in the table.

Wimbledon, meanwhile, are sixth with three wins and three defeats in their first six, including losing their last two to Surbiton and, yesterday, Hampstead & Westminster.

The two sides met in both Phase One and Phase Two last season, drawing 2-2 at Holcombe Park in Phase One before Holcombe took all three points at Wimbledon in a 3-2 victory, with goals coming from Nick Bandurak (2) and Tom Russell.

Confidence will be high in the Holcombe squad following their impressive start, and even more so following yesterday’s dismantling of East Grinstead, in which Alex Pendle scored his first two Holcombe goals.

Phil Roper is up against his former side while Sam Hooper is returning to Holcombe Park with the visitors, having spent a season with the club.

Victory could potentially see Holcombe go top of the table, while a win for Karl Stagno’s side could lift them to fifth, depending on Beeston’s result.

Entry at Holcombe Park is free on Sunday, while updates will be posted across our social media channels.

Image: Martin Waight