LiveLIVE - Basingstoke Town v Bath City

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FULL-TIME - Basingstoke Town 2 Bath City 1

For the first time this season, Town have recorded back to back league wins.

It began badly, with Town conceding after just 39 seconds, and Bath shaded the first-half, but Basingstoke were the better side after the break and deserved to win.

Elsewhere, Reading won 3-1 at Crawley, Southampton lost 5-1 at home to Chelsea and London Irish beat Gloucester 18-12.

See The Monday Gazette for a full report and all of the reaction to today's action.


Town must see out three minutes of stoppage-time.


SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Manny Williams on for Delano Sam-Yorke


Stuart Lake shoots from range but it's easy for Jason Mellor and a waste of a good position.


A good move down the right leads to Simon Dunn's shot being deflected wide.


SUBSTITUTION - Bath City - Sekani Simpson on for Dan Ball


SUBSTITUTION - Bath City - Charlie Griffin on for Joe Burnell


Jordace Holder-Spooner shoots from range and has Jason Mellor worried - but it's well wide.


Close to 3-1 for the hosts. Good play down the right, with Jordace Holder-Spooner playing a neat one-two with Delano Sam-Yorke. Holder-Spooner's powerful drive is well saved, with Tim Sills just failing to get a touch at the far post.


GOAL - Basingstoke Town 2 Bath City 1 - Delano Sam-Yorke (76 min)

Wes Daly releases Simon Dunn down the left. His pull-back hits a Bath defender and while Town's claims for a penalty are waved away, the ball breaks for Sam-Yorke, who emphatically smashes the ball home. His sixth goal in two games.


SUBSTITUTION - Bath City - Kerry Morgan on for Josh Low


Delano Sam-Yorke almost latches onto a terrible back-pass, but the 'keeper just beats him to it and the pair collide after the ball is cleared. The striker stayed down for a while but seems to be okay.


SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Jordace Holder-Spooner on for Shaun McAuley


Good play from Shaun McAuley down the right. He takes Bath left-back Aaron Brown out of the game but seems to get caught in two minds between shooting and squaring for Delano Sam-Yorke, ending up doing neither.


Close for Town and Delano Sam-Yorke. An excellent turn on the edge of the area sets up the chance but the striker sees several goalbound shots well blocked.


Almost a second goal for the visitors. Noah Keats should be in but he miscontrols the ball. It nearly falls to him off a defender, but Town somehow smuggle it clear.


A good run from Simon Dunn leads to a shooting chance for Delano Sam-Yorke, but his shot from distance is well wide. 


Tim Sills wins a free-kick in a dangerous area and Matt Warner's shot forces Jason Mellor into a decent save, though it was on the 'keeper's side.

Bath go up the other end and Noah Keats shoots from range, but it's too close to Ashley Bayes.


YELLOW CARD - Bath City - Tom Nichols

Nichols is booked for persistent fouling.


A good first touch from Delano Sam-Yorke midway inside the Bath half. He bundles past a couple of defenders but the ball comes off his shin and goes through to the goalkeeper.


Delano Sam-Yorke has claims for a soft penalty waved away.


News just in. Basingstoke RFC actually beat Gosport and Fareham 57-14. Great start to the new year for them and a full report will appear in Monday's Gazette.



Basingstoke get the second-half under way. They are now shooting down the slope towards the Town End.


Elsewhere, it looks like Basingstoke RFC won comfortably away at Gosport and Fareham. 43-14 is the latest score I have for a game that kicked off at 2.15pm and should be over by now.

In the FA Cup, Reading lead hosts Crawley Town 2-1, Adam Le Fondre and Noel Hunt getting the goals after the League One side took the lead in the first minute.

Southampton trail Chelsea 2-1 at half-time, having led through Jay Rodriguez early on.

London Irish are suprisingly leading Gloucester 15-6 at half-time in rugby's Premiership.


HALF-TIME - Basingstoke Town 1 Bath City 1

It's been a fairly even half in general play - but Bath have had the better chances and will probably feel they should be ahead.


YELLOW CARD - Basingstoke Town - Stuart Lake

Lake brings down Adam Connolly in a dangerous area and is duly booked, with the resulting free-kick nervously headed behind by a Town defender.


There will be two additional minutes at the end of the half.


SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Nathan Smart on for Rob Rice

Rice has picked up a knock and has to go off, with Smart replacing him at right-back.



Bath should be ahead. More good movement from Josh Low and a lucky break has the midfielder in the clear. Rob Rice gets back to put some pressure on him and the ball clips the outside of the post on its way wide. Another escape for the hosts.


Shaun McAuley nods the ball down for Delano Sam-Yorke on the edge of the area. He catches the ball well enough but his shot zips a couple of yards over the bar.


GOAL - Basingstoke Town 1 Bath City 1 - Delano Sam-Yorke (24 min)

Mark Preece misjudges a bouncing ball and is then outmuscled by Sam-Yorke in the area. His shot is weak but has enough on it to squirm under Jason Mellor and into the net.


Close to a second for Bath there. Another excellent run from right-back Dan Ball sees him ride numerous challenges before slipping in Josh Low. He works his way into the centre of the area before lashing in a shot that Ashley Bayes does well to push wide.


Tim Sills heads at goal from a corner but it's well over the crossbar.


Matt Warner's free-kick causes problems, the ball breaking to Tim Sills, but his shot on the turn is straight at Jason Mellor in the Bath goal.


That's close for the hosts. Great touch and pass from Stuart Lake to release Delano Sam-Yorke down the left channel and Bath goalkeeper Gethin Jones does well to prevent his centre reaching Tim Sills.


Delano Sam-Yorke cuts in from the left and blasts a low shot in - but it's wide of the far post.


Ashley Bayes is in action again, this time denying Tom Nichols after a good turn and shot on the edge of the Town area.


GOAL - Basingstoke Town 0 Bath City 1 - Josh Low (1 min)

That's not the start we were looking for. Bath take the lead after just 39 seconds.

Right-back Dan Ball runs from the halfway line into the area, beating first Simon Dunn and then Matt Warner, before pulling the ball back for Josh Low. He is completely unmarked on the penalty spot and finishes well, beating Ashley Bayes with a low shot into the corner of the net.



Bath get the game under way. They are shooting down the slope towards the Town End of the ground in the first-half.


The teams emerge from the dressing room under cloudy skies.


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Unsuprisingly, it's an unchanged Basingstoke starting line-up. Town have failed to win two league games on the trot all season. Could that change today?

Town: Bayes, Rice, Warner, Adams, Gasson, Lake, Daly, McAuley, Sills, Sam-Yorke, Dunn. Subs: Brown, Campbell, Holder-Spooner, Williams, Smart.

Bath: Mellor, Ball, Brown, Preece, Jones, Connolly, Keats, Burnell, Allen, Nichols, Low. Subs: Morgan, Simpson, Griffin, Canham, Hailston.


Good afternoon and welcome to live updates from this afternoon's Blue Square Bet South clash between Basingstoke Town and Bath City.

Town will be looking to build on their spectacular 6-2 victory over Farnborough on New Year's Day as they strive to climb out of the relegation zone.


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