BY NICK WILSON
Basingstoke return home to the Camrose for the visit of Chesham United still looking for their first points of the new season. Defeat to a confident Kettering side – who maintained their 100% winning record – last time out at Latimer Park extended the run to three matches to start the season. It’s a run that had Terry Brown admitting that less experienced managers might be starting to panic, while also acknowledging the positive signs from the first three games. All eyes will be on the forwards as the likes of Aaron Jarvis and Sam Smart look to hit the net for the first time this season while Ben Wright will be looking to add to his solitary goal to boost a side that is yet to score from open play.
Chesham arrive sitting perfectly in mid table, 12th place with one win, one draw and one loss to their name so far. After a 3-0 win on opening day at Biggleswade was followed by a 3-1 loss at home to Banbury, a late Tiverton goal denied them all three points last weekend.
Basingstoke will be looking for a repeat of last season’s result in this fixture when a goal from Aaron Redford, between two for Ashleigh Artwell, had the home side comfortably ahead before having to hold on through a nervy finale for a 3-2 win after two late goals from the visitors. That victory avenged a comfortable 4-0 defeat in the away match earlier in the season.
After finishing last season in 11th place, just one place and two points above Basingstoke, Chesham have been through a summer of upheaval, putting together a new squad which featured 11 debutants on the opening day before suffering the departure of joint manager Danny Talbot last week. Talbot left to take up a scouting role at Fulham, leaving Jon Meakes in sole charge of the first team.
BY NICK WILSON
Basingstoke shook off their poor start to the season, hammering Chesham with five unanswered goals.
The hosts were yet to score from open play this season but took just six minutes to stop that run, the excellent Sam Smart living up to his name by picking out an open Ben Wright with a low cross which the striker duly converted. Wright doubled the advantage before half-time after Smart was hacked down inside the box. The penalty was dispatched into the bottom corner for 2-0.
It could’ve been a different story had Shane Bush’s header rippled the net rather than rattled the crossbar just before the break or Lewis Toomey and Victor Osobu not both fluffed their lines from a few yards out early in the second period but Basingstoke recovered from these scares to surge further clear.
Aaron Jarvis did the damage, scoring twice in three minutes. First he forced home Wright’s cutback from 12 yards before finishing off an excellent move that involved both Wright and Michael Atkinson by tapping in. There was still time for more as the home fans began to enjoy themselves. Charlie Kennedy’s deft backheel set up Smart for his first for the club with 15 minutes left. Basingstoke settled for five despite several chance to add to Chesham’s misery late on.