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Jason Bristow pleased with Basingstoke Town's opening day win
BASINGSTOKE Town got their Conference South campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-1 victory at newly promoted Concord Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
Jay Gasson was their hero as he scored a last minute winner to give the visitors a deserved opening day three points.
This after Kezie Ibe had given Town a half-time lead, only for John Easterford to equalise with 10 minutes to go.
Basingstoke boss Jason Bristow was delighted with the victory and said: “It was a tricky place to go and we coped well with it.
“I felt we deserved the win as we had enough chances to have them out of sight before they equalised.”
The only minus on the day was an injury to striker Jordace Holder-Spooner who dislocated his shoulder as he fell to the ground after being fouled.
Bristow said: “It is worse than we first thought and he will be out for at least three months.
“It is certainly is a blow as he looked very sharp in pre-season and was causing them all sorts of problems. The only way they could stop him was to foul him.”
The injury is certainly a set back ahead of Town’s next league game, which is a local derby at the Camrose with Gosport Borough the visitors tomorrow night (kick-off 7.45pm).
Newly promoted Borough opened their campaign with a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to one of the promotion favourites Dover.
Bristow knows once again his side will be in a battle.
He said: “They will want to get their season up and running. They have some good experience so it is not going to be easy.”
Town have added another defender to their squad in right back Marcus Johnson-Schuster, who impressed during pre-season.
Bristow said: “He is another excellent addition to the squad and gives us cover for Rob Rice.”
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