MATCHDAY LIVE - Basingstoke Town v Bath City

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  • FULL-TIME - Basingstoke Town 0 Bath City 0
  • Both sides have to settle for a point at the end of an entertaining goal-less draw at the Camrose.
  • Bath go closest in a scoreless first-half, Andy Watkins smashing a shot against the crossbar.
  • Substitute Kezie Ibe twice rattles the woodwork for Town after the break.
  • Loan players Ben Wright and Matt Partridge both start for Town. Bath feature former Town man David Pratt.

5:43pm

That's all for today. Join me again on Tuesday, when Whitehawk visit the Camrose.

5:42pm

Town are up to 11th, five points outside the play-off places, but they have games in hand over most of the sides above them.

5:02pm

Elsewhere, Basingstoke RFC beat Thurrock 33-23, while London Irish beat Lusitanos 79-3.

Reading held on to beat Watford 1-0, while a goal from Adam Lallana earned Southampton a 1-0 win over West Brom.

5:00pm

An entertaining 0-0 draw - but Town will feel they should have won the game.

Kezie Ibe was desperately unlucky, while the Bath goalkeeper was man of the match.

However, once more, Town are left to rue their failure to score.

Reaction to follow.

4:55pm

Basingstoke Town 0 Bath City 0

4:55pm

So close to a winner from Town's Ibe, who rattles the woodwork for the second time.

He did well initially before passing to Holder-Spooner and when he pulled the ball back, Ibe was on hand to sidefoot a low shot at goal, but it comes back off the base of the post.

McAuley fires narrowly wide in the aftermath.

4:51pm

We are into added time. Will we get a goal?

4:50pm

Partridge wastes a good position with a terrible shot from range. The ball is in the car park.

4:49pm

A good cross from the overlapping Andrew Jenkinson, but Mellor, who has probably been the game's best player, is out to claim it.

4:47pm

SUBSTITUTION - Bath City - Nat Jarvis on for David Pratt (87)

4:46pm

Matt Partridge fires in a shot from distance but it never looked like troubling the Bath goal.

4:43pm

SUBSTITUTION - Bath City - Chris Allen on for Ben Adelsbury (83)

4:41pm

Now it's Town's turn to rattle the woodwork. Great play from Kezie Ibe, who lifts the ball over one defender on the edge of the area before firing in a shot that smacks against the crossbar. Would have been goal of the season.

4:40pm

Pratt does well down the Bath right and it takes a careful header from Ross Adams to ensure his driven cross only went behind for a corner.

The game has got a bit frantic, with both sides making mistakes in possession.

4:33pm

SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Jordace Holder-Spooner on for Wes Daly (72)

An attacking change from Jason Bristow.

4:32pm

Ross Adams - Basingstoke Town

Bath were breaking dangerously and Adams takes one for the team, clipping Watkins 20 yards out.

Wells almost makes a mess of the free-kick, dropping the ball before gathering it up.

4:30pm

Another save from the Bath goalkeeper to deny McAuley after good work by Ibe. Mellor beat his shot away and it just didn't fall for a Town player.

4:28pm

That's an even better save from the visiting goalkeeper though. Matt Partridge's cross from the left is perfect for Neil Barrett, whose header is excellently saved by Mellor.

4:27pm

A lovely scooped pass from Rice takes several Bath defenders out of the game and McAuley is in behind. His angled effort forces a decent save out of Mellor.

4:24pm

Pratt smashes in an angled shot, but it's closer to troubling the corner flag than the goal.

4:24pm

Watkins takes Wells out of the game with a dinked cross, but there is no Bath player there to take advantage.

4:22pm

The ball breaks to Pratt in behind the Town defence. He's offside but it's a good save from Wells anyway.

4:17pm

Town should be ahead. The ball broke to Williams no more than 10 yards out but he fired wide. A big chance missed. Again, story of the season.

4:16pm

Close again for the visitors. Daly gave away a free-kick in a bad area and Aaron Brown's low shot forced a decent save out of Wells, who managed to push the ball behind, via the face of the post.

4:13pm

That's good play from Town, keeping the ball well, but Daly's final ball lacks the necessary precision. Story of the season.

4:11pm

Louis Wells is looking dodgy at corners. He flaps at one and then totally misses the next. Fortunately, Pratt can only head wide stood behind him.

4:10pm

SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Kezie Ibe on for Ben Wright (49)

Wright must have a knock because he was playing pretty well.

4:09pm

Good run from Manny Williams but his shot from the edge of the area is well over the bar.

4:08pm

Ben Adelsbury heads a corner back into the danger area and it takes a decent header from Jay Gasson to clear the Town lines.

4:05pm

Town get the second half under way. The sun has gone behind the stand now, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem for them.

4:03pm

Town are back out ready for the second half.

4:03pm

4:02pm

Elsewhere, Basingstoke RFC beat Thurrock 33-23, while London Irish are 36-3 up on Lusitanos at half-time.

Reading lead Watford 1-0 thanks to a goal from Kaspers Gorkss, while it's scoreless between Southampton and West Brom.

3:54pm

Not a great half, with the pitch failing to aid either side as they looked to play. Town probably edged it but the visitors went closest when Watkins smashed his shot against the crossbar.

3:50pm

Basingstoke Town 0 Bath City 0

3:49pm

Good ball in from Rice and Wright gets up to head at goal, but his effort lacks power and is straight down the throat of the Bath 'keeper.

3:47pm

There will be four minutes of added time at the end of the half.

3:43pm

Watkins gets in behind the Town defence after a mistake from Rice but he has no support and is forced to shoot from a narrow angle. Wells is down to make a comfortable save but that was a decent opening.

3:41pm

Wes Daly works space for a shot on the edge of the area and it takes a decent block to stop him troubling the goal. Jenkinson is onto the rebound but he is flagged offside and can only fire wide anyway.

3:40pm

A dangerous cross from the right and Pratt is unable to get enough on his header, the ball sliding wide of the Town goal.

3:37pm

Inches away from the visitors. Robbie Rice was dispossessed deep in Bath territory and the visitors worked the ball well.

Nobody was covering for Rice and Andy Watkins had acres of space on the left side of the area. He let fly and Wells was beaten, but the ball smacked against the underside of the bar before being smuggled away.

3:31pm

Shaun McAuley lets fly from the edge of the area. It's a decent effort but it flies over the angle of post and crossbar.

3:26pm

SUBSTITUTION - Bath City - Noah Keats on for Ross Stearn (24)

Stearn took a blow, it looks like it was to the ankle, as he got his shot away. He has to be carried off on a stretcher and Bath are forced into their first change.

3:23pm

That's the best chance so far and it falls to Bath. David Pratt beats Jenkinson in the left back area and pulls the ball across goal for Stearn. He makes contact and it takes a good save from Louis Wells to push the ball around the post.

3:22pm

A good ball from Andrew Jenkinson picks out Williams and he squares the for Wright, but his shot from the edge of the area lacks the pace to trouble Mellor unduly.

3:20pm

Good play from Williams has McAuley in the clear and it takes a good save from Jason Mellor to keep out his powerful drive from the edge of the box.

3:18pm

Ross Stearn blasts a free-kick from fully 35 yards at goal but it's well over.

3:18pm

That's great play from Ben Wright. He manages to close down a defender and block a clearance, putting him in behind. 

He looks for Manny Williams with his ball in and the striker is not far away from getting a crucial touch.

3:16pm

It's a bitty, scrappy game at the moment, with the two midfields battling for supremacy.

A ball through nearly finds Wright, but the Bath goalkeeper is out to claim.

3:10pm

Shaun McAuley has the first shot of the match but his curler from the edge of the box flies both over and wide.

3:09pm

But nothing comes of it. Not much goalmouth action so far.

3:07pm

A cross from the right wins Town their first corner.

3:03pm

But Louis Wells claims the ball in.

3:03pm

Bath win the first corner of the match.

3:01pm

Seems Wes Daly must have won the toss as Bath are shooting into the sun in this first half. They get the game under way.

2:58pm

Here come the teams. The pre-match handshakes are under way. Not long now.

2:56pm

Elsewhere this afternoon, Basingstoke RFC are away at Thurrock. They are winning 20-17 at half-time.

You can follow Southampton live elsewhere on the site. They are at home to West Brom.

In the Championship, Reading are away at Watford, while London Irish are hosting Lusitanos in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

I'll let you know how all four are getting on at half-time and give you the results after the game.

2:49pm

The players are just leaving the pitch to carry out their final preparations.

2:47pm

2:45pm

Let's hope former Hampshire cricket star Shaun Udal made it!

2:38pm

It's a bright, sunny day. The pitch looks soft, hardly a surprise considering all of the recent rain.

A bigger problem may be the sun. It's low and will be directly in the eyes of the team shooting towards the Clubhouse End in the first half. Expect the team that wins the toss to defend that end.

2:36pm

TEAMS 

Basingstoke Town: Wells, Rice, Jenkinson, Barrett, Gasson, Adams, Daly, McAuley, Wright, Williams, Partridge. Subs: Holder-Spooner, Smart, Matthews, Ibe, Soares.

Bath City: Mellor, Bowman, Brown, Gallinagh, Burnell, Simpson, Stearn, Connolly, Pratt, Watkins, Adelsbury. Subs: Allen, Jarvis, Keats, Rollo.

2:32pm

TEAM NEWS

Town are without Adam Green and David Ray, who are both suspended. Ross Adams comes in at centre-back, with Andrew Jenkinson filling in on the left side of the defence.

Ben Wright and Manny Williams are the front two. Matt Partridge may be on the left side of midfield, if it's 4-4-2.

Simon Dunn must have failed a fitness test on his dead leg. He is not involved today.

Bath boast former Town favourite David Pratt in their attack. He has been in good form of late.

 

2:18pm

Good afternoon and welcome to live text coverage of Basingstoke Town v Bath City in the Conference South.

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