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FULL-TIME - Basingstoke Town 2 Dorchester Town 1

It was needlessly nervy at the end but that's an important win for Town, against a side in decent form. Not a great game but a big three points.

In Sussex, Freddie Gleadowe has added a fifth try to give Basingstoke RFC a 35-0 win against Haywards Heath, but London Irish lost 40-16 at Bath.

See The Monday Gazette for full reports and reaction from all of today's games.


Dorchester win a corner but a weak header at goal is straight at Ashley Bayes.


There will be five minutes of added time.



There's a massive scramble in the area and the ball drops for Neil Martin, who smashes a shot against the outside of the post.


SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Jordace Holder-Spooner on for Manny Williams


GOAL - Basingstoke Town 2 Dorchester Town 1 - Kieffer Moore (85 min)

A bit too predictable and the visitors are back in with a shout. Jake Smeeton gets the better of a couple of Town men down the left before crossing for KIEFFER MOORE to head home unopposed at the far post.


GOAL - Basingstoke Town 2 Dorchester Town 0 - Manny Williams (83 min)

More good play from Delano Sam-Yorke leads to a shooting chance for Wes Daly on the edge of the area.

His effort smacks the post but drops for MANNY WILLIAMS, who has time to take a touch before slotting home his second of the day.


Half-chances for Manny Williams and Delano Sam-Yorke - but Dorchester get the ball away.


Dorchester Kieffer Moore shoots from distance but it's well over. They have thrown Charlie Clough up front as they look to get something from the game.


Basingstoke RFC have got the crucial fourth try, Jamie Fish scoring after a long break due to an injury to a Haywards Heath player. That makes it 28-0.


SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Tim Sills on for Shaun McAuley

McAuley has been ineffective today. Looks like Town have gone to a front three. An interesting decision considering they are a goal up.


Sam Malsom lets fly from distance but it's straight at Ashley Bayes.


That should be a second for Town. Delano Sam-Yorke does excellently down the right before cutting the ball back for Shaun McAuley, but he fires well over from inside the six-yard box.

Rob Rice seems to be okay and is back on the field.


SUBSTITUTION - Dorchester Town - Mark Jermyn on for Lewis Morgan


Rob Rice is down with a head injury following a clash in midfield. He looks a bit dazed.


Big Dorchester centre-back Arran Pugh is a danger from set-pieces. He gets up to meet a free-kick but heads straight at Ashley Bayes.


Close to a second for Town. First Delano Sam-Yorke's strong claims for a penalty are waved away but Manny Williams keeps the move alive by robbing a defender. He twists and turns in the area before forcing Jason Matthews into an excellent reaction save.


GOAL - Basingstoke Town 1 Dorchester Town 0 - Manny Williams (49 min)

Dorchester have made a good start to the second-half but it's Town who make the breakthrough.

In keeping with the game, it's a scrappy goal. A couple of richochets lead to a chance for Simon Dunn and while his poke at goal is saved by goalkeeper Jason Matthews, MANNY WILLIAMS is on hand to net the rebound for his first Basingstoke goal.



Town get the second period under way. Looks like Ashley Nicholls will make it a midfield five for the visitors, supporting Kieffer Moore as best he can.


SUBSTITUTION - Dorchester Town - Ashley Nicholls on for Ben Watson

The visitors make a change before the start of the second-half, replacing striker Watson with midfielder Nicholls.


The teams emerge for the second-half.


In the world of rugby, it appears Basingstoke are beating Haywards Heath 21-0 thanks to tries from Gavin Dampies, Karl Buttle and Jake Henderson. They need another try for the crucial bonus point.

London Irish have lost 40-16 at Bath and remain in relegation trouble.



HALF-TIME - Basingstoke Town 0 Dorchester Town 0

A poor first-half, with the ball rarely getting out of the middle third. Dorchester have had the better chances and Town must improve after the break.


Dorchester's Sam Malsom lets fly from range and it's not far wide, with Ashley Bayes a spectator.

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


Delano Sam-Yorke beats two men on the right side of the area and while he scuffs his shot, Charlie Clough almost diverts the ball into his own net.

The resulting corner reaches Stuart Lake, whose looping header is just about dealt with by Dorchester goalkeeper Jason Matthews.


Ashley Bayes comes off his line just in time to stop Kieffer Moore getting on the end of a through-ball.


Another decent chance for Dorchester as Sam Malsom's corner is headed wide by Arron Pugh.


Good play by Delano Sam-Yorke down the left to beat two men, but his pull-back fails to find Stuart Lake on the edge of the area. Probably not the best option.


Good interplay down the left between Manny Williams and Simon Dunn, but the striker is just unable to feed Delano Sam-Yorke, who was in space inside the area. The ball richochets around and eventually falls to Sam-Yorke, who can only scuff wide from the edge of the area.

Dunn remains down, having suffered a head injury, but it looks like he will be okay to carry on.


Apologies, I misread the London Irish score earlier. They are actually losing 20-9 at Bath.


It's not been a great game so far. Town look dangerous down the flanks but are throwing too many hopeful balls forward.


That should be 1-0 to the visitors. Kieffer Moore outstrips Jay Gasson down the right and his cross finds Ben Watson at the far post. It's a really simple chance, with Watson inside the six-yard box - but the striker heads wide.



Good play down the left from the hosts but Matt Warner's cross is too deep and goes out for a goal-kick.


Dorchester have the first chance. Rob Rice refuses to cut out a ball into Dorchester's left channel and Ben Watson is in. He makes ground before pulling the ball back for Kieffer Moore, who blasts over the bar under pressure from Rice.



Dorchester get the game started. Town are shooting up the slope, towards the Clubhouse End of the ground, in the first-half.


Elsewhere, Basingstoke RFC are in London One South action away at Haywards Heath, while London Irish are at Bath in the Premiership.

It's good news all round at the moment. 'Stoke are winning 14-0, while Irish lead 17-6.


The teams emerge from the changing rooms for the pre-match handshakes.


Considering the recent weather, the pitch looks in really good shape. There's one sticky patch where Dorchester have been warming up - but other than that it looks fine.


Have your say on this afternoon's game by using the comment box at the bottom of the page or #BTFC on Twitter.



Basingstoke Town: Bayes, Smart, Warner, Rice, Gasson, Lake, Daly, McAuley, Williams, Sam-Yorke, Dunn. Subs: Ray, Ogunbote, Sills, Holder-Spooner, Paterson.

Dorchester Town: Matthews, Bell, Smeeton, Pugh, Clough, Gleeson, Malsom, Morgan, Watson, Moore, Martin. Subs: Nicholls, Walker, Carlile, Jermyn, Way.



Town name an unchanged team from the side that lost to Hayes and Yeading United on Tuesday.

Dorchester's new signing Kieffer Moore, who scored here for Truro earlier in the season, starts for them, with the versatile Charlie Clough moving back to centre-back.


Good afternoon and welcome to live updates from the Camrose, where Basingstoke Town are hosting Dorchester Town in the Blue Square Bet South.


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