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Last-minute winner earns Basingstoke Town victory at Concord Rangers
6:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
BASINGSTOKE Town got their Conference South campaign off to a flying start with a last-minute winner against Concord Rangers in Essex on Saturday.
It was central defender Jay Gasson who had a hand in both Town goals, the most crucial coming in the 90th minute when he fired in to give Town an important opening three points, from an angle 10 yards out after Adam Green’s free-kick was only half cleared.
Town deserved the win but, with 10 minutes to go, they were kicking themselves as they allowed Concord to scramble an equaliser.
Town had started brightly in windy conditions with Robbie Matthews just failing to connect with a Manny Williams cross and Jordace Holder-Spooner forcing home keeper Jamie Butler into a good save with a shot from inside the area.
For the home side, making their debut at this level, Sam Higgins twice fired over.
Basingstoke’s Wes Daly sent across an excellent ball which Neil Barratt just failed to connect with, and then the new captain set up Williams but his low cross was blocked away.
Town were pressing for a breakthrough and Matthews, one of their best players on the day, won the ball for Spooner, whose shot was excellently blocked by Butler.
Spooner who was involved in the build up to the opening goal. He was fouled on the right wing by Danny Glozier and, as he fell, appeared to dislocate his shoulder.
He was substituted by Kezie Ibe and it was the substitute who scored with his first touch.
The free-kick was taken by Adam Green who delivered a deep ball which Gasson headed back across the goal for Ibe to fire home on 38 minutes.
Barratt nearly doubled the lead just before the interval, but his effort went just wide.
During the half-time interval Holder-Spooner was taken to hospital for x-rays and treatment for the dislocation.
Town started the second-half well and Green brought a good save from Butler with a 25-yard effort.
Concord slowly increased their tempo and made their final substitutions.
Sam Collins’s deflected shot was well held by Town’s Louis Wells and Jason Hallett brought another save out of the visiting goalkeeper at the foot of the post.
Town looked comfortable however and only a last ditch clearance from Paul Goodacre stopped Matthews following up Ibe’s blocked effort.
Nathan Campbell replaced Barratt with 15 minutes remaining and he was inadvertently involved with the Concord equaliser.
A free-kick from the left wing was floated in and, as Wells came to claim the ball, he collided with Campbell and it ran loose for John Easterford to slot home.
Town refused to accept only a point on the opening day of the new season and were rewarded in stoppage time with a winner.
It was a good opening day win on a ground where many may find difficult to pick up points during the season.
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