BY CALUM ANDERSON
Terry Brown’s men tasted defeat for the first time since his return to the club.
The home side were beaten by fellow play-off chasers Merthyr Town at the Camrose.
Basingstoke started the game the better side. Dan Bayliss had the first big chance of the game as he flicked a header just wide from Ben Wright’s corner.
Wright then hit the post after good build up play from Sam Deadfield and Sam Argent linking up together. The ball finally ending up at Wrights feet who prodded it goal bound.
Argent had the chance to put the home side ahead as he nipped in front of his marker but the ball went just wide.
Pressure then came from the away side forcing Colm McAdden into a good save, and their follow up forced Bayliss to throw his body in the way to block the rebound.
Jack McKnight had a good chance to opening the scoring, but his shot deflected just wide of the keepers net.
Just before half time McAdden was busy again with a shot palmed out but this time Kieran Lewis made the home side pay and put them ahead.
HALF TIME 0-1
The away side started the second half as they finished the first with Lewis once again forcing McAdden into a save.
Merthyr then doubled the score line with a controversial goal as it looked like Shane Hollamby was in control of the situation and was shoved to the floor by Lee Lucas who then got onto the end of the ball and put it past the onrushing keeper.
Ryan Prosser finished the game off for the travelling fans as good build up play saw him get on to a low cross and tap it in at the far post.
FULL TIME 0-3
Basingstoke Town XI: Colm McAdden, Dean Stow, Shane Hollamby (Harry Philby), Dan Bayliss, Robert Gerrard, Charlie Kennedy (c), Sam Deadfield, Sam Smart, Jack McKnight, Ben Wright (Mitchell Parker), Sam Argent.
Subs not used: George Bennett, Dan Collier, Zidan Akers
Merthyr Town XI: Joe Perry, Adam Davies, Joe Hunt, Ashley Evans (c), Craig McDonnell, Kyle Patten, Lee Lucas, Matthew Harris, Ryan Prosser (Ian Traylor), Kieran Lewis (Cavan Williams), Owain Jones (Kerry Morgan).