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MATCHDAY LIVE - Basingstoke Town v Eastleigh
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- FULL-TIME - Basingstoke Town 2 Eastleigh 0
- Jay Gasson gives Town the lead on 38 minutes, Neil Barrett doubles the advantage eight minutes from time.
- Basingstoke Town take on highly-fancied Eastleigh at the Camrose.
- Both sides looking to make it three wins out of three at the start of the season.
- Ross Adams replaces David Ray for Town, Craig McAllister starts for Eastleigh.
- Use the comment box at the bottom of the page or #BTFC on Twitter to have your say.
Basingstoke are up to second in the table after that win, one of only three sides with a 100 per cent record.
Join me on Monday (kick-off 3pm) to see if they can keep their great start to the season going at Weston-super-Mare.
Basingstoke Town are back in action on Monday, when they travel to Weston-super-Mare, and Jason Bristow will be hoping his side can maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.
"We want to win every game but today will have taken a lot out of the players," he said. "It's important that we rest and do the right things tomorrow and then see where we are come Monday."
Robbie Rice could be a doubt after suffering a blow to the head today, while David Ray missed the game through illness but could be back for Monday.
Shaun McAuley sat the game out with a tight hamstring and could feature, while Jordace Holder-Spooner remains sidelined.
Eastleigh manager Richard Hill:
"It's disappointing to lose a game of football but we have not lost in a good manner today.
"We had a good spell at the start of the second half but you cannot win football matches if you do not take the chances you get.
"We had chances in both halves and if you miss those, you are not going to get anything."
Basingstoke Town manager Jason Bristow:
"We had a game plan, stuck to it and it worked. We stayed compact and stopped Eastleigh getting the ball out to their wide players.
"That is as good a performance as a Basingstoke side has produced in recent years. We let them have the ball in certain areas but Louis Wells has not had much to do.
"At the other end, we have scored two goals and the second was a fantastic team goal."
Elsewhere, Southampton drew 1-1 at home to Sunderland, while Reading lost 1-0 at Blackpool.
Basingstoke Town 2 Eastleigh 0
That's a great win for the home team - who maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.
Reaction to follow.
Town seem content to play out time. Eastleigh seem to have given up.
The crowd is a slightly disappointing 329.
There will be four minutes of added time at the end of the game.
Southampton have levelled at St Mary's, Jose Fonte getting the goal to make it 1-1 against Sunderland.
Stuart Fleetwood - Eastleigh
Frustration for Fleetwood, who hacks Simon Dunn down.
SUBSTITUTION - Eastleigh - Romone Rose on for Jamie Collins
Basingstoke Town 2 Eastleigh 0 - Neil Barrett (83 mins)
That's a cracking goal. Manny Williams, Simon Dunn and Kezie Ibe are all involved as Town suck the Eastleigh defence in, allowing Robbie Matthews to find NEIL BARRETT in space on the right side of the area.
His finish is unerring, a low first-time shot that finds the back of the net via the inside of the far post.
London Irish have lost their pre-season friendly at Wasps 30-12.
In Blackpool, Reading have gone behind, Tom Barkhuizen with the goal for the hosts.
Neil Barrett - Basingstoke Town
Barrett stops the Eastleigh goalkeeper throwing the ball out quickly. It's got a bit scrappy and niggly, but that suits Town.
Close for Town as Wes Daly's free-kick is just over the head of Kezie Ibe.
Dean Beckwith is fortunate not to be shown a second yellow card for an almost identical foul on Kezie Ibe to the one Chris Dillon was just booked for. Again the free-kick is wasted, Adam Green's shot being charged down.
The free-kick is wasted, Manny Williams finding only the wall, though there was a decent penalty shout in the follow-up as Williams went down. Waved away again.
Chris Dillon - Eastleigh
Kezie Ibe looked set to squirm away from Dillon on the edge of the area before being pulled back and Dillon is rightly booked.
SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Nathan Smart on for Robbie Rice
That blow to the head was obviously bothering Rice. Smart will slot in at right-back, but I'm far less confident now.
I spoke too soon. Eastleigh are back on top, forcing a couple of corners and some desperate defending.
Robbie Rice is back on and, whisper it, but Town seem to have weathered the storm. I'd still like a second goal though.
SUBSTITUTION - Eastleigh - Yemi Odubade on for Jai Reason
There's a brief halt in play as Robbie Rice is down after suffering a blow to the head.
That's a great clearance by Ross Adams, who dives full-stretch to stop Stuart Fleetwood's low centre reaching a team-mate. It could so easily have been an own-goal.
Bit of a technical hitch there, but you didn't miss much. Eastleigh are still on top, but Town are defending pretty well. They could still do with a second goal though.
Great play from Eastleigh's Jai Reason, until the finish. The midfielder picks the ball up between the Town defence and midfield, beating both Jay Gasson and Ross Adams. He looks set to score but curls the ball over from the penalty shot. A really good chance.
It's all Eastleigh at the moment. Town can't get out their own half and their attempted balls out keep finding visiting players.
Ross Adams and Jay Gasson get into a tangle, with Louis Wells having to come off his line smartly to deny Craig McAllister a chance.
The visitors go close, with Craig McAllister just failing to get a toe on Michael Green's cross/shot, which is only fractionally wide.
Basingstoke get us started in the second half.
The teams are back out - and even the sun is threatening to make an appearance.
Half-time scores in the Conference South:
Bath City 1 Gosport Borough 1, Boreham Wood 1 Hayes and Yeading United 2, Bromley 2 Tonbridge Angels 0, Chelmsford City 2 Staines Town 2, Dorchester Town 1 Whitehawk 5, Dover 0 Concord Rangers 0, Eastbourne Borough 1 Ebbsfleet United 1, Maidenhead p Farnborough p, Sutton United 1 Bishops Stortford 0.
Elsewhere, Southampton still trail to that early Sunderland goal, while Reading are drawing 0-0 at Blackpool.
London Irish are in friendly action at Wasps, losing 13-0 at half-time.
Basingstoke Town 1 Eastleigh 0
A really good half, a credit to the league, with both sides playing some really nice stuff.
Town will be delighted to be ahead. They have created some good chances, but goalkeeper Louis Wells has needed to be in good form as well.
Louis Wells thinks about coming for a cross from deep but elects not to. He almost pays for that indecision as Craig McAllister gets above Robbie Rice, but the striker can only head wide.
That's a good challenge from Robbie Rice to stop Jai Reason getting a shot away from about six yards out.
Basingstoke Town 1 Eastleigh 0 - Jay Gasson (38 mins)
Manny Williams bends in a really good corner and JAY GASSON rises highest in a packed penalty area to head home, possibly with a deflection off an Eastleigh player.
That's two goals in three games for Gasson.
Dean Beckwith - Eastleigh
The centre-back is booked for kicking the ball away after Town are awarded a throw.
Louis Wells unconvincingly punches a corner clear, only as far as Jamie Collins on the edge of the area. The goalkeeper then has to scramble back and is glad to see Collins' lob find only the roof of the net.
BASINGSTOKE TOWN HIT THE CROSSBAR
A decent move results in Robbie Rice getting into a crossing position. He cuts back on his left foot and while his ball in is overhit, it almost finds the net, rebounding off the angle of post and crossbar with Ross Flitney beaten.
Great save from Louis Wells there to deny Jai Reason. Eastleigh attacked down the left, with a low ball in finding Reason, whose first-time shot from 10 yards looked set to bulge the net before Wells' intervention.
Eastleigh break, with Craig McAllister getting the better of Ross Adams. He pulls the ball back for Jai Reason on the edge of the area but his shot flashes wide.
It's been a good game so far. Now it's Basingstoke's turn to have a bit of pressure, Manny Williams firing an angled drive into the side netting.
Now maybe Eastleigh have got away with one. The referee blows for a foul on Kezie Ibe. It looked inside the area but the official rules he was just outside, so it's only a free-kick, right on the line, which Robbie Matthews blasts high and wide.
A ball in from the Eastleigh left finds Craig McAllister at the far post but he's stretching and cannot make proper contact. The visitors are on top at the moment.
Robbie Rice may have got away with one there. Michael Green's cross hit him on the arm in the area but the referee waved play on.
That's a clear sighter for Eastleigh's Glen Southam, who forces Louis Wells into a smart save from the edge of the area. A good chance.
Eastleigh attack with purpose but Ben Strevens' flick at goal is wide of the mark.
Wes Daly - Basingstoke Town
Daly takes one for the team there, stopping Dan Spence breaking down the Eastleigh right.
At St Mary's, Southampton trail Sunderland after just three minutes, Emanuele Giaccherini with the goal.
And the hosts almost make the most of it. Ross Adams gets up to meet Manny Williams' corner and Michael Green has to hack the ball off the line.
Robbie Matthews does well to win Town their first corner of the game.
It's been a good start, with both sides clearly looking to pass the ball around and create chances.
Great play from Manny Williams down the left. He beats two men before lofting the ball towards Robbie Matthews, who just fails to control the ball on his chest and Ross Flitney in the Eastleigh goal is able to collect.
The visitors have the first shot, Stuart Fleetwood's low effort from the edge of the area defelected wide of Louis Wells' goal. Some slack defending in the build-up.
Eastleigh get the game under way, they are shooting towards the Clubhouse End in this first half.
Here come the teams, just taking part in the pre-match handshakes.
The teams are back in the changing rooms getting their final instructions after warming up. Kick-off is just over five minutes away.
got a good feeling about today, come on boys another 3 points!! #BTFC ⚽— @Nazario_Holder 24 August 2013
Basingstoke Town: Wells, Rice, Green, Barrett, Gasson, Adams, Daly, Dunn, Matthews, Williams, Ibe. Subs: Smart, Johnson-Schuster, Campbell, Jenkinson, McDonnell.
Eastleigh: Flitney, Spence, Green, Collins, Beckwith, Dillon, Strevens, Southam, McAllister, Reason, Fleetwood. Subs: Odubade, Rose, Wilson, Todd, Dovey.
One change for the hosts, Ross Adams coming in for David Ray. Marcus Johnson-Schuster and Joe McDonnell are on the bench, while Shaun McAuley sits this one out.
Eastleigh feature former Basingstoke striker Craig McAllister in a strong team.
Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Basingstoke Town's second home game of the season.
Hampshire rivals Eastleigh are today's visitors, with both sides defending 100 per cent records. Something has to give.
It's a dull afternoon, with a bit of drizzle in the air. Proper football weather.
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