LiveLIVE - AFC Hornchurch v Basingstoke Town

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

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FULL-TIME - AFC Hornchurch 3 Basingstoke Town 0

Apologies to anyone whose been up all night wondering whether Town could get back into the game during an unprecedented 18 hours of stoppage time. The laptop well and truly gave up on me yesterday.

You didn't miss much in the final 15 minutes or so, as the game was well and truly over.

Hornchurch had a couple of opportunities to heap the misery on their visitors. Tamberson Eyong was allowed to run at the Town defence before shooting too close to Ashley Bayes, while substitute Martin Tuohy had the ball in the net, only to be ruled offside.

Town actually ended the game on top as the hosts shut up shot, but their only effort of note came from Stefan Brown, who headed substitute Matt Warner's cross over the target.

All in all, it was a terrible second half for Town, who remain in the Blue Square Bet South relegation zone.

Right, I better get on with writing a full match report and reaction piece, which you will be able to read in The Monday Gazette.


GOAL - AFC Hornchurch 3 Basingstoke Town 0 - Wayne Gray 72min

Again Town fail to clear their lines and when Lewis Smith fires in a shot, Gray is on hand to deflect it home, giving Ashley Bayes no chance of saving.

My battery is about to die. If it goes, I'll finish off after the game.


Leon McKenzie is put through and it takes another fine save from Ashley Bayes to keep him out.


Two more good chances for the hosts.

Leon McKenzie looks to have a clear run on goal but is denied by a great challenge from Ben Jefford. 

Then Ashley Bayes makes a great save to deny Lewis Smith from outside the area.


SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Matt Warner on for Simon Dunn


That's Town's best move for a while but it ends with Nathan Smart slicing badly wide from 25 yards.


GOAL - AFC Hornchurch 2 Basingstoke Town 0 - Leon McKenzie 55min

Simon Dunn is harshly penalised on the edge of the area and Town pay the ultimate price.

Not from the initial free-kick, which is blocked by the wall, but they are unable to clear their lines. Ashley Bayes makes a good save to keep out Lewis Smith's follow-up effort and another shot hits the post before McKenzie fires home, with Town's cries of offside falling on deaf ears.


YELLOW CARD - Basingstoke Town - Stuart Lake

That's a poor challenge from Lake, who catches Wayne Gray late in a dangerous area and is booked.


GOAL - AFC Hornchurch 1 Basingstoke Town 0 - Jay Gasson (OG)47min

That's a poor start to the second half. A free-kick is given against Nathan Smart in the right-back area and it's a brilliant ball in by Andy Tomlinson. Under pressure, Gasson reaches the ball first but he is only able to redirect it into his own net.



Town get the second half started.


HALF-TIME - AFC Hornchurch 0 Basingstoke Town 0

Not a brilliant first half in terms of quality - but Town should be happy with their performance. They were the better side and created some decent openings.


That's a stinging shot from Shaun McAuley, which Joe Woolley beats away before claiming.

At the other end, it takes an excellent challenge from Jay Gasson to deny Wayne Gray when he looked set to be running clean through.


YELLOW CARD - AFC Hornchurch - Andy Tomlinson

Tomlinson catches Wes Daly late in a dangerous area and is booked. Sadly, the free-kick just outside the area in a central position is blasted well over by Jordace Holder-Spooner.


Town go close again. Shaun McAuley breaks down the right before firing in a powerful low shot towards the near post. 'Keeper Joe Woolley looks to have it covered but makes a hash of the save, the ball going through him and wide via the outside of the post.


That's a great save by the home goalkeeper, who is at full-stretch to keep out another own-goal effort, again from a Town free-kick. The rebound falls to Stuart Lake, but his effort was blocked.


Now it's Town's turn to go close to an own-goal, Ashley Bayes grateful to see the ball come straight at him off the head of Chris Paterson.


Simon Dunn's free-kick almost leads to an own-goal, the ball flashing not too far wide off the head of a defender.


A Hornchurch corner is cleared as far as Lewis Smith on the edge of the area. He works space for a shot - but blasts well off-target.


Brilliant skill from Jordace Holder-Spooner, who controls a ball up to him on his chest before flicking the ball over his head and spinning onto it. Sadly, the finish does not match the build-up, it's a weak effort straight at the 'keeper.


That's Hornchurch's best move of the match, culminating in Andy Tomlinson curling wide from the edge of the area.


Town have been having a decent spell, with Simon Dunn firing narrowly wide, Stuart Lake hitting the side netting from a narrow angle and Jordace Holder-Spooner shooting too close to the goalkeeper from distance.


The visitors have made a decent start and Chris Paterson gets up to head a free-kick wide.



Hornchurch get the game under way.



Town make just one change to the side that beat Tonbridge Angels last week, with the ill Tim Sills replaced by Jordace Holder-Spooner in attack. Delano Sam-Yorke remains out through suspension.

Hornchurch: Woolley, Bentley, Spencer, Tomlinson, Styles, Noel, Eyong, Curley, McKenzie, Smith, Gray. Subs: Tuohy, May, Love, Goodacre, Daniel.

Town: Bayes, Smart, Jefford, Paterson, Gasson, Lake, Daly, McAuley, Holder-Spooner, Brown, Dunn. Subs: Warner, Rice, Adams, Campbell, McDonnell.


Good afternoon and welcome to live updates from the Hornchurch Stadium, where Basingtoke Town are looking to record back to back league wins for the first time this season.

Facilities here are rather basic, so I may be struggling for power near the end of the game.


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