AS IT HAPPENED - Basingstoke Town 2-3 Chelmsford City

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  • FULL-TIME - Basingstoke Town 2-3 Chelmsford City
  • Injury-time winner gives struggling Chelmsford a vital victory at the Camrose.
  • Christian Smith own-goal gives Town the lead on 10 minutes but he makes amends from the penalty spot five minutes later.
  • Liam Enver-Marum puts the hosts back in front early in the second half.
  • Michael Cheek levels for Chelmsford with 15 minutes left and wins the game for the visitors in stoppage-time.

10:14pm

That's all for tonight. Join me again on Saturday, when Town host Bishop's Stortford.

10:13pm

Tonight's result leaves Town 14th in the Conference South. They are eight points clear of the bottom three, but could do with another win.

10:12pm

VIDEO REACTION

A post-match interview with Basingstoke Town manager Jason Bristow can be found by clicking here.

9:45pm

There's still an inquest going on out on the pitch. Could be another interesting post-match interview.

Reaction to follow.

9:44pm

Reading lost 3-1 at Bournemouth. However, England will have at least one team in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Chelsea beat PSG 2-0 and are through on away goals.

9:42pm

Another bad defeat for Town. They only really played well for about 15 minutes and must get some points soon to avoid being sucked into trouble near the bottom of the table.

9:38pm

Basingstoke Town 2-3 Chelmsford City

9:34pm

90+1 - Basingstoke Town 2-3 Chelmsford City - Michael Cheek

Oh dear. Jenkinson gives the ball away in midfield and Chelmsford are through. Hughes finds Ward and his low ball across the area reaches MICHAEL CHEEK at the far post and he fires past Wells.

9:34pm

89 - Williams goes down under a challenge in the area. Surely that's a penalty? No, the referee has given a free-kick the other way. Not sure why.

9:31pm

88 - Chelmsford threaten on the break but Town just about deal with it.

9:30pm

86 - Cheek does well to beat Nathan Smart but he fires well wide of the far post.

9:28pm

85 - The ball drops to Daly on the edge of the area, but he blasts well wide. A decent opening for the Town captain.

9:25pm

82 - Chelmsford City - Joe Ward on for Luke Callander.

9:23pm

79 - Matthew Lock attempts an audacious effort from the halfway line. Wells is beaten and relieved to see the ball drop a couple of feet wide.

9:21pm

76 - Town almost regain the lead immediately, but a low ball across goal just evades Williams.

9:18pm

75 - Basingstoke Town 2-2 Chelmsford City - Michael Cheek

Too easy from a Town point of view. Leon Redwood's cross from the left finds an unmarked MICHAEL CHEEK, who places an accurate header into the far corner.

9:17pm

73 - Enver-Marum gets beyond the Chelmsford defence and lobs the ball over the onrushing Pentney, but Smith gets back to clear off the line.

9:15pm

72 - That should have been an equaliser. The corner came in from the right and it was a free header for Miller, but he headed wide.

9:14pm

71 - Chelmsford's Hughes lets fly from distance but it takes a deflection on its way wide.

9:13pm

70 - Chelmsford City - Tom Davis on for Nicky Nicolau.

9:11pm

68 - Soares gets in down the right but Chelmsford 'keeper Pentney is down to claim his low centre.

9:10pm

67 - A free-kick into the Town area just evades St Aimie.

9:09pm

66 - Mark Hughes - Chelmsford City

Williams is brought down by Hughes, who picks up a booking.

9:07pm

63 - Chelmsford City - Kieran St Aimie on for Sam Long.

9:05pm

61 - Nicolau puts in a cross from the left. It catches Wells out and hits the Town post.

The ball falls to Callander but he cannot turn it home, with Jay Gasson making the block, while Hughes fires narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

9:03pm

60 - More direct play from Chelmsford. Callander knocks the ball down for Cheek, who lets fly with a powerful drive that isn't far wide.

9:02pm

58 - A couple of scares in the Town area but the hosts survive.

8:59pm

56 - Basingstoke Town 2-1 Chelmsford City - Liam Enver-Marum

Town deserve that after making a fine start to the second period. Hickford totally misses his kick on the edge of the area and the ball drops for LIAM ENVER-MARUM, who finishes clinically.

8:57pm

Town's improvement has coincided with a change in formation. Soares has been shunted forward to make it a 4-3-3 formation, giving McAuley a free role.

8:55pm

51 - Chelmsford break but Callander fires well over from distance.

8:54pm

50 - Town have shown much more intensity since the break and McAuley is in down the left channel. He takes Pentney out of the game but Harry Hickford hacks clear.

8:53pm

49 - Another presentable chance for Town as Green's cross finds Williams, but he can only head wide.

8:52pm

47 - Inches away for Town. Daly plays McAuley in down the right channel and Pentney just gets a touch on his angled drive. It still only just flashes wide, just evading Enver-Marum.

8:50pm

46 - Chelmsford right-back Justin Miller cuts inside but his left-footed shot is weak and straight at Wells.

8:48pm

Town get the second half under way. No changes for either side.

8:47pm

The players make their way out for the second half. Doesn't look like there will be any changes.

8:44pm

Not great news for Reading fans. They trail 3-0 at Bournemouth. Chelsea are still 1-0 up.

8:43pm

A decent half, entertainment-wise, but Town were second best for most of it. Chelmsford's front two caused all sorts of problems, while their high-intensity pressing stopped the hosts playing out from the back.

8:35pm

Basingstoke Town 1-1 Chelmsford City

8:35pm

45+1 - Close for Town. Enver-Marum did well down the left before laying the ball back for Green. His powerful shot was well saved by Pentney, with Nicky Nicolau's challenge denying Soares on the follow up. 

Town claim a penalty but it looked a good challenge to me.

8:31pm

There will be two minutes of added time at the end of the half.

8:28pm

41 - Enver-Marum lets fly from the edge of the Chelmsford area but the visitors get a body in the way and it's deflected wide.

8:27pm

41 - Rice is back on, but he's limping badly.

8:26pm

39 - McAuley breaks from a corner and Town have two-on-two. He feeds Williams but the return ball is too far ahead of McAuley and the chance goes begging.

Rice is down injured. Not sure he is going to be able to continue.

8:25pm

38 - Almost another goal from Smith, whose free-header from a free-kick is only kept out by an excellent save by Wells. Town's defending has been terrible so far.

8:21pm

Better from Town in the last couple of minutes. They are keeping the ball a bit better.

8:19pm

Chelsea are 1-0 up against Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge. 3-2 on aggregate. One more needed.

8:18pm

Town have announced that their game against Concord Rangers will be played on Wednesday, April 23.

8:18pm

31 - Good play down the right from Town and Soares' low ball in is well dealt with by Pentney.

8:16pm

Town just can't deal with Chelmsford's direct approach. Cheek and Callander are winning every header and posing problems in behind the defence.

8:15pm

28 - Cheek gets a flick on and Callender's shot is deflected behind for a corner, but Town clear.

8:14pm

27 - Callander manages to get a shot away in the Town area but Nathan Smart is on hand to hack away from his own six-yard line.

8:11pm

25 - Williams flicks the ball on and Smith does well to stop Enver-Marum getting a clear run on the Chelmsford goal.

8:09pm

23 - Again Chelmsford get in behind as Cheek skins Jay Gasson for pace. Rice is covering and that's an excellent tackle. He had to get that right or it was a penalty and a red card.

8:08pm

20 - That's a massive chance. Town just don't look comfortable at the back and Rice completely misses his kick.

That gives Mark Hughes the chance to cross for Cheek and he looks set to score, but can only head wide from close range. He should have scored.

8:07pm

18 - McAuley's cross is just too high for Liam Enver-Marum.

8:04pm

Town haven't been too good so far. There were a couple more dodgy moments at the back between the two goals. Chelmsford seem able to get in behind the Town defence almost at will.

8:01pm

15 - Basingstoke Town 1-1 Chelmsford City - Christian Smith (pen)

CHRISTIAN SMITH makes amends for his own-goal by slotting home from the spot. Wells went the right way but it was a good penalty.

8:00pm

14 - Wes Daly brings down Callander and the referee points to the spot.

7:57pm

10 - Basingstoke Town 1-0 Chelmsford City - Christian Smith (og)

 That's a horrible goal for the visitors to concede. Manny Williams got in down the left side of the area and two Chelmsford defenders attempted to cut out his cut-back. 

CHRISTIAN SMITH sticks a foot out but can only deflect the ball over his own goalkeeper and in.

7:56pm

9 - Almost a chance for Chelmsford's Sam Long, but Green cuts out the pass. Justin Miller lets fly from distance, but it's way wide.

7:55pm

9 - Been quite a bright start and Jenkinson lets fly from 25 yards. It's a good low effort that had Pentney worried as it zipped narrowly wide.

7:53pm

6 - Another chance, this time for Callender, but his header deflects off Robbie Rice and behind for a corner, which Town manage to clear.

7:52pm

5 - More last-ditch defending, this time by Adam Green, to stop Cheek getting a clear run on goal. The visitors' front two look dangerous.

7:51pm

3 - Big chance for the visitors there. Andrew Jenkinson gifted Luke Callander the ball in a terrible area and he fed Michael Cheek. Jay Gasson did brilliantly to track his run and make a crucial challenge.

7:49pm

2 - Soares had the shot. It was low and on target but Chelmsford goalkeeper Carl Pentney always had it covered, though it bounced awkwardly in front of him.

7:48pm

1 - McAuley is brought down in a dangerous area. A central position about 25 yards from goal.

7:47pm

Chelmsford get the game under way. They are shooting towards the Clubhouse End of the ground in the first half.

7:46pm

Reading are also in action tonight, away at Bournemouth. I'll try to keep you up to date with that too.

7:43pm

And here they come. Only handshakes and the toss between us and kick-off now.

7:42pm

The sun has gone down enough that it won't be a factor. Players are in the tunnel waiting to make their entrance.

7:33pm

The teams are just making their way in for their final preparations. It's a lovely evening, but the sun is very low. Could pose a problem if it doesn't duck below the trees before kick-off.

7:27pm

Like Saturday, tonight's game is more important for the opposition than it is for Town.

Basingstoke are 14th but could move up a place with a win tonight. Chelmsford are in the bottom three, but a win tonight could see them move above five other teams.

7:25pm

TEAMS 

Basingstoke Town: Wells, Smart, Green, Jenkinson, Gasson, Rice, Daly, McAuley, Enver-Marum, Williams, Soares. Subs: Adams, Holder-Spooner, Barrett, Johnson-Schuster, Ibe.

Chelmsford City: Pentney, Miller, Redwood, Lock, Hickford, Smith, Long, Hughes, Callander, Cheek, Nicolau. Subs: St Aimie, Ward, Greene, Davis, Patterson.

7:21pm

TEAM NEWS

Just one change to the Town side that lost at Tonbridge Angels on Saturday, Louie Soares coming in for Nicholas Bignall, who is a bit sore after playing two games in three days. Probably a return to 4-4-2, with Soares and McAuley on the wings.

7:15pm

Have your say on tonight's game, and all things Basingstoke Town, using the comment box below or #bstoketown on Twitter. I'll use any suitable comments in this blog.

7:07pm

Good evening and welcome to live text coverage from the Camrose, where Basingstoke Town are hosting Chelmsford City in the Conference South.

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