BY CALUM ANDERSON
Charlie Kennedy’s first half goal was cancelled out by Ben Williamson’s second half header as Basingstoke Town drew their first home pre-season match of the 2018/19 season.
Sam Deadfield had the first chance of the game after good work down the left-hand side from Adam Nditi before crossing to the midfielder who missed his chance.
After just 28 minutes Basingstoke Town’s captain Kennedy struck the ball from outside the area to put the home side into the lead. The goal came from a Deadfield free-kick that was lofted into the box and cleared by an Eastleigh defender, the ball then came to Zidan Akers who guided it towards the captain who fired it into the top left corner making it 1-0.
Eastleigh’s first chance of the game fell to former Southampton and Huddersfield Town midfielder Oscar Gobern. It was good interplay with Cav Miley who laid it into the path of Gobern outside of the area but his shot was blazed over Colm McAdden’s goal.
HALF TIME 1-0
Akers had the first big chance of the second half when he moved into the area and shifted the ball onto his right foot. His bending shot was saved by the substitute goalkeeper, Ross Flitney, with a strong right hand.
Just after Akers chance the ball was whipped into Sam Argent who had made a good near post run but just flicked the ball wide of the post.
Just before the hour mark Eastleigh equalised with a cross from Mark Yeates who found Williamson at the back post to nod it in.
Yeates was involved in the next chance for the away side as his shot stung McAdden’s hands who had to tip it over.
Argent was then put through by a wonderful pass from Basingstoke substitute Charlie Osborne, but was crowded out and his shot was collected by the keeper. Osborne then had a chance to score but his shot was deflected and forced the keeper into making a save with his feet.
A late corner for Eastleigh was whipped in and evaded everyone before eventually making its way to Andrew Boyce but he spooned his back post effort wide.