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Basingstoke Town manager Jason Bristow gets the right response
BASINGSTOKE Town manager Jason Bristow was delighted to see his side bounce back with a win following their first defeat of the season.
A 1-0 defeat at Weston-super-Mare on Monday was Town’s first setback of the campaign – but they got back to winning ways at the Camrose on Saturday, coming from behind to beat Staines Town 2-1.
The victory was their fourth in five games at the start of the season and means they sit second in the Conference South table, with only goal difference separating them and leaders Bromley.
Bristow said: “You do not really look at the table until 10 games have gone but it’s pleasing and it was good to see the players respond to a defeat like that. Good sides react positively when they lose and that is what we have done.”
Saturday’s win was even more pleasing for Bristow as he was without six players, including goalkeeper Louis Wells, key defender Robbie Rice and striker Robbie Matthews.
“We were down to the bare bones and with six players out, we were concerned before the game,” the Town boss admitted. “It was a real test of the squad but the players who came in put on a performance and did the business.”
Staines led through Louie Theophanous’s solo strike, but goals from Kezie Ibe and Manny Williams had Basingstoke ahead before half-time and they had chances to increase their lead after the break.
Bristow added: “I am pleased but I also think that it should have been more comfortable than it was. We created some good opportunities in the second half and if it had finished 3-1 or 4-1, everyone would have been saying it was a good performance.”
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