BY NICK WILSON
It’s a return to league action for Basingstoke after the midweek FA Cup defeat to Hartley Wintney. St. Ives are the visitors as the home side look for a return to their league form after big wins in the last two games against Chesham and Gosport.
The chance to make it three league wins in a row comes against a side currently lying 18th in the table, after 4 points from their opening five games. Victory on the opening day against Weymouth by a 1-0 scoreline has been followed by defeats to Biggleswade, Slough and Kings Lynn and a draw at home to Kings Langley. There was also progress in the FA Cup as Northern Premier League side Coalville Town were beaten 1-0.
Last season’s meetings resulted in a 2-0 home defeat before a Matt Partridge goal helped us exact revenge in the return match at Westwood Park in Cambridgeshire as St Ives finished the season in 15th place.
Sam Deadfield will again be in contention after making his way back from an early season injury. Young striker Kieron Rodgers will be keen to earn a place after making his debut on Tuesday night following a rich vein of goalscoring form for the academy.
BY NICK WILSON
Basingstoke made it three league wins in a row against St. Ives, despite making hard work of a 3-2 victory against the feisty visitors.
Ben Wright had already struck a post before Sam Smart produced a calm, clinical finish with his left foot to put the home side ahead after nine minutes. Basingstoke enjoyed the majority of the first half possession and half an hour later, doubled their lead. Wright stepped up and delivered a beautiful curling free kick just inside James Goff’s near post from 25 yards.
Basingstoke were well worth their lead but St. Ives got a crucial goal back just before half-time. Ben Seymour-Shove was set free on the right side of the box and his low shot beat Colm McAdden, only for Timmy Hartley to slide in on the line and claim the goal for himself.
Seymour-Shove got himself on the scoresheet next, seizing upon a deflected shot to finish past the wrong-footed McAdden after the hour as the Saints hauled themselves back into the game. It wasn’t to last though and the hosts regained the lead with ten minutes still to play. Smart’s low cross was fumbled by Goff and Sam Deadfield pounced at the near post to snatch Basingstoke’s decisive third goal and secure all three points.