Basingstoke Town manager Jason Bristow's weekly column

Basingstoke Gazette: Jason Bristow. Jason Bristow.

ONCE again we got a good win on Saturday followed by a disappointing one on Tuesday, conceding the winner in the 90th minute.

On Saturday I thought the quality of the game was not great but we showed good character and fight to grind out a win against a useful Dorchester side.

It was pleasing to see Manny Williams get two goals and open his account for the club. He has been excellent in recent weeks without scoring and is starting to get his rewards.

On Tuesday we started very poorly against a very good Sutton side who punished us with two goals in the opening 15 minutes.

It took us about 20 minutes to get a foothold in the game and once we did we started creating opportunities, with another good goal from Manny giving us hope.

In the second-half I felt we maybe just shaded it and got a deserved equaliser with 10 minutes left with a very good team goal, some good passing completed by an excellent finish from Delano Sam-Yorke.

Then the heartbreak came again. It was very difficult know what to say after the game as apart from the first 20 minutes we competed, put the pressure on a very good side and deserved a point at least.

To concede a deflected goal in the 90th minute was very harsh on the players and supporters.

We have two very big games now against Maidenhead and Billericay. We must take the game to these sides and get as many points as possible as quickly as possible to ease any fears.

This week sees the start of next year’s academy trials. We have already seem some good prospects and talents so if you would like to attend please apply via the website for one of our trials later in the year.

Regards,

Jason

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