BY NICK WILSON
HALF TIME: 1-1
Basingstoke managed to create more from open play in the second half, Argent hooking over with his left foot from close range and Smart second by an excellent save after Deadfield’s through ball got him behind the visiting defence. Wimborne had their own chances, Kellaway forced McAdden into a save with a low shot and Luke Burbidge was a constant threat down the right.
The game took a turn with just over 15 minutes to play as Curtis Young was played through on goal and Stow pulled him back. The referee gave the foul on the edge of the box and showed Stow the red card for denying Young a goalscoring opportunity. The numerical disadvantage seemed to galvanise Basingstoke though and Jason Bristow elected to play with a back three, bringing Shane Hollamby on to partner Philby and Bayliss.
Despite acquitting themselves well with ten men, Basingstoke were knocked back with five minutes to play by Young. Cutting in from the left side of the box he worked half a yard of space to shoot. Philby stuck out a leg to block the effort and the ball cruelly looped up, wrong footing McAdden and bouncing into the net to give Wimborne a late lead.
It looked like being game over but Basingstoke didn’t give up. Spurred on by the home support, they were given a late chance to grab a point as Billy Maybury was penalised for a handball in the box. Substitute Callum Bunting stepped up, his first strike beaten back to him and he coolly swept the rebound in to salvage a point for Basingstoke.
Or so he thought.
Straight from the restart Dan Bayliss won the ball and picked out Bunting down the left hand side. Smart made a run inside him, received the ball and drove into the box from the left. As he was forced away from goal he spotted Dan Collier lurking and teed up the midfielder to slam a low shot through the crowded penalty area and into the bottom corner to spark wild scenes in the stands and complete a miraculous comeback.
FULL TIME: 3-2
Basingstoke team: Colm McAdden; Dean Stow, Harry Philby, Dan Bayliss, Jim Orvis (Shane Hollamby); Dan Collier, George Bennett; Sam Smart, Sam Deadfield, Zidan Akers (Jack McKnight); Sam Argent (c)(Callum Bunting).
Subs not used: Liam Hunt, Ben Wright.
Wimborne team: Gerard Benfield; Jordan Lee, Billy Maybury (c), Sam Davidson, Stefan Penny; James Stokoe; Luke Burbidge, Louis Kellaway (Luke Holmes), Lee Francis, Curtis Young; Jack Lovell.
Subs not used: Scott Arnold, Rhys Owen, Aiden Shepherd, David Walsh.