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Jason Bristow left to rue contraversial injury-time equaliser
BASINGSTOKE Town manager Jason Bristow was left to rue a contraversial injury-time equaliser as his side drew 2-2 with Ebbsfleet United at the Camrose on Saturday.
The visitors were the better side for much of the game but Town looked set to snatch all three points when Neil Barrett put them 2-1 up with just 12 minutes to go.
It was a lead they looked set to hold on to as the game entered injury-time – but there was to be a late sting in the tail. A free-kick was hung hopefully into the Basingstoke box and the ball slipped through goalkeeper Louis
Wells’ hands, allowing Shane Huke to bundle it into the net from close range.
Town appealed for a foul on the ’keeper but referee Alan Young, who made a string of strange decisions throughout the game, allowed the goal to stand and the hosts had to settle for a point.
Basingstoke boss Bristow said: “It was a fair result on the balance of play but to be held to a draw in the last minute is hard to take.
“I’m not going to go on about the referee but it was frustrating.
Whether it was a foul or not, I do not know – but Louis has held his hands up and said he should have done better.”
Town were second best for much of the game against a strong Ebbsfleet side expected to improve as the season progresses.
However, rather than being blown away, Town were seconds from victory, giving Bristow plenty of cause for optimism.
“It’s another game where we have not played to the level we are capable of so to nearly win and take a point off a good side is a decent effort,” he said.
“At half-time we were happy to come in at 1-1 because we were losing the battle in midfield. We were under siege at times in the second half but we nicked a goal and looked like we were going to win. It was just disappointing not to see the game out but we have to take it on the chin.
“That is a game we might have lost last season instead of going close to winning. We have made progress from last year, which is a good thing. We just would have liked the result.”