Match Reports 2011/2012
Basingstoke Town 3
Dan Thompson (Hinshelwood, 46)
Sam Pearce (Woodford, 67)
Eddie Hutchinson (Igoe, 79)
OG (Dolan) (32)
Delano Sam-Yorke (Pratt, 88)
The Hawks drop to second bottom tonight after losing 3-2 at Basingstoke’s Camrose ground. The Dragons took the lead in the 18th minute when Jide Ogunbote’s cheeky over-shoulder flick saw the ball drop inside the back post. The hosts then went two up in the 32nd minute when Joe Dolan’s attempt to clear Matt Warner’s free kick from far on the right ended up in his own net.
The visitors then fell further behind six minutes from the hour when Nathan Smart’s low drive left Lyall Beasely with what looked like a routine save, only for the ball to squeeze between his legs and over the line.
The Hawks battled on and were given a ray of hope in the 70th minute when Christian Nanetti curled a free kick beautifully round the wall and inside the near post. But it was the hosts who helped the side to a second goal two minutes into injury time when Ollie Palmer’s close shot from the left was turned home by Ogunbote.
Dan Thompson replaced suspended Perry Ryan in midfield in the only change to last Saturday’s side, and the Hawks again began with a five man midfield behind lone striker Ollie Palmer.
The first chance for the visitors came when Palmer made his way out to the wing and crossed back for Scott Jones to hit a soft effort into the box. Thompson picked it up and forced Dragons’ keeper Ashley Bayes to palm the ball over the bar with a dipping shot.
Basingstoke then quickly began to build pressure and Smart’s cross from the right left Shaun McAuley with a clear chance the number 8 missed entirely.
Having weathered several corners, the Hawks fell behind when another was sent over the box by McAuley and knocked back by Rob Rice. With his back to goal, OGUNBOTE looked more likely to try and turn for the near post, but his audacious over the shoulder flick caught everyone out and dropped in at the back.
Delano Sam-Yorke would have then added a second, but Beasely’s brave attempt to smother his close range shot stopped the goal and saw the keeper down for some time.
Just past the half hour the hosts went further ahead when Warner’s free kick was diverted past Beasely by DOLAN’s attempt to clear it.
The Hawks were finding it hard to get forward, but Chris Arthur’s left wing run three minutes from the break saw the visitors make it as far as the line for the first time. His cross back was cleared to the midfield, where Steve Ramsey rifled a low shot back.
The ball hit the inside of the near post and appeared to cross the line, just as Bayes smothered it. Some way distant, the referee’s assistant said no goal.
Basingstoke Town 2
Havant and Waterlooville 0
Ramsey started the second half by drilling a free kick straight into the Basingstoke wall. Nanetti picked up the rebound and worked it back into the box for Ramsey to try again, but this time he sent it wide.
Ramsey then came forward again through two defenders, but his shot was beaten away by Bayes.
54 minutes in, the more spirited Hawks were knocked back again when Smart got onto a cross from Warner. SMART’s low shot from outside the box looked aimed straight at Beasely, but when the keeper dropped to gather the ball it evaded his grasp and squeezed through his legs and over the line.
Tim Sills was next to try for the hosts with a shot that curled wide of the post, and McAuley gave the striker a second chance before Dolan cleared the ball.
Nanetti worked hard by himself to battle the ball in from the wing, and his shot again caused Bayes to awkwardly push the ball over the bar, but Ramsey’s delivery of the following corner was flat.
NANETTI did give the travelling fans something to cheer about in the 70th minute with a sublime free kick from 25 yards that skirted the wall and bent back beautifully inside the post, and in the minutes that followed Palmer forced Bayes to save at his post with another shot.
The Hawks then won two corners, and after Sills cleared the first, Paul Hinshelwood sent a dipping shot toward the bar that Bayes caught.
When the Hawks earned another long range free kick, Nanetti tried to repeat his earlier success, but this time Wes Daly stood resolutely in the gap at the edge of the wall and blocked it.
The visitors then added an unlikely looking second goal two minutes into added time when Palmer’s close shot on the end of a run into the box from the left was mismanaged into the net by OGUNBOTE.