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LIVE - Poole Town v Basingstoke Town
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- FULL-TIME - Poole Town 2 Basingstoke Town 2
- Strikes from Steve Devlin and Jonathan Davies mean Town trail by two goals after just 15 minutes.
- Jordace Holder-Spooner and Manny Williams reply for Basingstoke in the second half.
- Live text coverage of Basingstoke Town's final pre-season friendly away at Poole Town (kick-off 2pm).
- Robbie Rice makes first pre-season appearance in a strong Basingstoke Town side.
- Have your say by using the comment box at the bottom of the page or #BTFC on Twitter.
Poole Town 2 Basingstoke Town 2
Basingstoke were much better in the second half but they need to play well for 90 minutes when the action starts for real next week.
See The Monday Gazette for a full report and all of the reaction to today's game.
Poole Town 2 Basingstoke Town 2 - Manny Williams (88 min)
MANNY WILLIAMS gets in down the right and his excellent angled shot smashes against the post before hitting the Poole goalkeeper and rebounding into the net.
That should have been an equaliser. It's a great ball in from Andrew Jenkinson and Robbie Matthews heads it down for Neil Barrett. He is about 10 yards out and in space but he fires wide.
Jordace Holder-Spooner turns well and fires in a shot from the edge of the area but it's well wide.
Andrew Jenkinson has a shy at goal from 25 yards but it's sliced well wide.
Manny Williams - Basingstoke Town
Williams goes into the book after a late challenge on the edge of the Poole area.
The ball drops to Steve Devlin on the edge of the Town area but his volley is well over the crossbar.
It's all Town at the moment. They have the hosts penned in their own half.
Steve Devlin's powerful run ends with a shot well over the Basingstoke goal.
Poole Town 2 Basingstoke Town 1 - Jordace Holder-Spooner (58 min)
Great play from JORDACE HOLDER-SPOONER, who picks up the ball on the left side of the area and holds off two men before finding the far corner of the net.
Better from Town so far in the second-half. They are having a bit of pressure and their passing is much better.
Basingstoke get us started in the second-half. Here's hoping for an improvement on that first-half display.
DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Andrew Jenkinson and Jay Gasson on for Shaun McAuley and Ross Adams (45 min).
The teams are back out for the second-half.
Poole Town 2 Basingstoke Town 0
Not a great first-half for the visitors, who didn't seem to wake up until they were two goals down. They did get better as the half went on but it's still way below what's required.
That's a cheeky pop at goal from a free-kick about 40 yards out. Louis Wells is almost caught out, just about getting to the ball before it goes over the line.
That's a fine save from Louis Wells to keep out a powerfully struck free-kick, though it seemed to go through Town's defensive wall.
Another close shave for Town as Steve Devlin hooks the ball just over Louis Wells' goal.
Possibly Town's best move of the match so far but Adam Green's low ball across goal is claimed by the home goalkeeper.
Poole break from a Town corner, with Nico Elliott and Jonathan Davies combining to put Steve Devlin through. This time Louis Wells comes to Basingstoke's rescue, saving well one-on-one.
Another chance for the hosts as Town are cut open down their left - with Ross Adams making a good challenge to just about clear the danger.
Poole are well on top at the moment. They are passing the ball much better and cutting Town to ribbons at the back.
Jonathan Davies almost had a second goal, forcing Louis Wells into a save, with a great chance on the follow-up put wide, while there have been several other decent openings.
Poole Town 2 Basingstoke Town 0 - Jonathan Davies (15 min)
This is not going well. JONATHAN DAVIES picks up the ball on the edge of the area and fires a low shot into the corner of the net. A great finish.
Poole Town 1 Basingstoke Town 0 - Steve Devlin (10 min)
Apologies. Not a really long delay, just some technical problems.
STEVE DEVLIN sends Louis Wells the wrong way from the spot to open the scoring.
A through-ball puts a Poole player in between Robbie Rice and Ross Adams. Rice tries to challenge but trips over and is penalised for handball.
Wes Daly is urging his team-mates to up the tempo as they look to get their passing game going.
The hosts have the first shot as Jonathan Davies, who scored for Totton against Town in the FA Trophy last year, tricks his way into a shooting position, but his shot is scuffed wide.
Poole get us under way.
The teams are on the field carrying out the pre-match formalities.
Town's starting 11 are leaving the field to prepare for the game. Not long to go now.
Town will play a 4-3-3 system, with Robbie Rice playing his first game of pre-season at right-back and David Ray moving in to centre-back alongside Ross Adams.
Simon Dunn and Kezie Ibe are the only ones sitting today out, with hamstring and quad problems respectively.
BASINGSTOKE TOWN TEAM
Louis Wells, Robbie Rice, Adam Green, Neil Barrett, Ross Adams, David Ray, Wes Daly, Shaun McAuley, Robbie Matthews, Manny Williams, Jordace Holder-Spooner.
Subs: Jay Gasson, Nathan Smart, Nathan Campbell, Andrew Jenkinson, Kieran Maylen, Alex Charlick, Tom Lockyer, Joe McDonnell, Marcus Johnson-Schuster.
This could be pretty close to the Town side that starts against Concord Rangers next week. Wes Daly, Shaun McAuley, Robbie Rice and Louis Wells all start today.
Both sets of players are out on the pitch warming up.
It's a warm but cloudy afternoon in Dorset. The sun keeps trying to break through but it should be a good afternoon for football.
The pitch is very big, which should suit Town if they try to pass the ball, but it's not in fantastic condition, with some patchy areas.
Good afternoon and welcome to live updates from this afternoon's friendly fixture between Poole Town and Basingstoke Town.
It's Basingstoke's last pre-season match and manager Jason Bristow will be looking for a big improvement on the performance they produced against Hungerford on Tuesday.
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