BY NICK WILSON
Basingstoke will look to make it back to back wins on Saturday as division newcomers Poole come to town. The victory on Tuesday against Beaconsfield was the first of the season for Basingstoke and saw wingers Zidan Akers and Sam Smart star, each scoring to bring the home side back from behind.
After opening the season with two games against newly promoted sides, attention turns to the only newly relegatted side in the division. Poole also managed their first win after relegation from the National League South on Tuesday night, triumphing 2-1 away to Salisbury with Sam Griffin and former Dorchester man Franklyn Clarke on target in the first half. That came after an opening day home defeat to Hartley Wintney by three goals to one, leaving the Dolphins 13th in the league after the first two matches.
Basingstoke have carried on where they left off last season in an attacking sense, with five goals from five different players over the first two games, conceding four in that time. Despite looking more solid on Tuesday night, the hosts conceded from another high ball into the box following a set piece and that will be an area of concern they’ll aim to improve on.
Much has been made of previous seasons which featured slow starts with strong finishes to each campaign so Basingstoke will be pleased to have collected four points from two games so far as they look for a strong start to allow them to challenge in the second half of the season rather than playing catch-up. Captain Charlie Kennedy will look to return to contention after missing Tuesday’s game with injury while Tuesday’s match winner Zidan Akers will recover in time for the game after limping off in the closing stages against Beaconsfield.
BY CALUM ANDERSON
Dean Stow’s penalty was not enough for Basingstoke Town after they fell to a controversial 2-1 defeat to Poole Town.
Dan Collier had the first chance of the game after good work from Sam Deadfield whose low cross found the midfielder. Collier’s shot forced Poole Town keeper Luke Cairney into an important save.
Sam Smart had his first chance of the game when Sam Argent’s flick found him, so he could drive into the area but blazed the strike over.
Unfortunately, there was a bad injury to Adam Grange who was forced to hospital to check up after his head collision with Stow.
In the tenth minute of added on time Poole took the lead from a Will Spetch header at the back post.
HALF TIME: 0-1
With just 90 seconds played it looked like Sam Argent had equalised for Basingstoke. But for a strange reason the referee decided to bring play back to Basingstoke’s half, for their own free-kick, for an apparent offside much earlier in the build-up.
In the aftermath of the disallowed goal both George Bennett and Charlie Kennedy were shown a yellow card. With the latter being shown a red card which was immediately changed to just a yellow.
Basingstoke were very much on top in the second half after Shane Hollamby whipped a cross into his centre-back partner Dan Bayliss who flicked his header just wide.
Smart then had a chance which was blocked and cleared down the other end to what looked like an offside Marvin Brooks but played continued and he took it past Colm McAdden and doubled the away side’s lead.
Smart found his way into the area after some good skill in the corner and was pulled down by Spetch who was given his second yellow of the game. Stow stepped up and placed the ball in the keepers left corner making it 1-2.
Substitute Ben Wright flicked the ball to Argent who shot just over in the 88th minute.
Basingstoke ended the game with everyone up field and were very unlucky not to get anything from this hectic game.
FULL TIME: 1-2
Basingstoke Town XI: Colm McAdden, Dean Stow (Ben Wright), Dan Bayliss, Shane Hollamby, George Bennett, Dan Collier (Callum Bunting), Charlie Kennedy (c), Sam Smart, Sam Deadfield, Zidan Akers, Sam Argent.
Subs not used: Harry Philby, Jim Orvis, Jack McKnight
Poole Town XI: Luke Cairney, Jordan Alawode-Williams, Josh Leslie-Smith, Will Spetch, Jamie Whisken (c), Corby Moore, Sam Griffin, Steve Devlin (Carl Pettefer), Franklyn Clarke (Quassi Waters), Marvin Brooks, Adam Grange (Ollie Balmer).
Subs not used: Micky Hubbard, Nick Hutchings.
Next game: Frome vs Basingstoke Town, 3pm, Saturday 25th August.