AS IT HAPPENED - Basingstoke Town 0-0 Tonbridge Angels

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  • FULL-TIME - Basingstoke Town 0-0 Tonbridge Angels
  • 10-man Basingstoke claim a point from a poor game at the Camrose.
  • Town lose Wes Daly to a second booking with 25 minutes left.
  • Basingstoke stay 12th in table, eight points outside the play-off places.

10:16pm

That's all for tonight. Join me again on Saturday, when Havant and Waterlooville will be the visitors.

10:15pm

Town remain 12th after tonight's result. The gap to the top five is down to eight points, but the games are running out. Play-offs are probably gone.

10:11pm

VIDEO REACTION

A post-match interview with Jason Bristow can be seen by clicking here.

9:42pm

Two points dropped for both sides. Town should be winning these sort of games, while Tonbridge had 25 minutes against 10 men.

A poor game that didn't deserve a goal.

Reaction to follow.

9:38pm

Basingstoke Town 0-0 Tonbridge Angels

9:37pm

90+3 - A promising break for Town but the ball takes a bobble and Soares loses control. Tonbridge go up the other end and Muggeridge has a shot, but it's easy for Wells.

9:35pm

90+1 - Wells misjudges a high cross but there is no Tonbridge player on hand to make him pay.

9:35pm

There will be at least three minutes of added time. Just 167 people here tonight. Not good for the club's coffers.

9:34pm

90 - Town are hanging on here. The resulting corner is not cleared and finds it's way to Teniola at the far post. It's the best chance of the match by far, but he blasts over.

9:33pm

89 - A training ground corner routine from Tonbridge sees the ball pulled back to Cumbers on the edge of the area. His shot is headed off the line by Adam Green.

9:31pm

88 - Teniola thinks he is in down the right from a throw. He's flagged offside and shoots wide anyway.

9:31pm

86 - Wells' long kick releases Smart down the Town right. He fires in a low shot that Carey does well to save, with Soares just beaten to the loose ball. Not according to the referee though, who awards a goal-kick.

9:28pm

84 - Decent cross from Tonbridge's Muggeridge but it's just over everyone's head.

9:26pm

82 - Henry Muggeridge cuts in from the right and fires in a shot. It was heading for the top corner of the Town goal but it's an easy save for Wells. Bit of pace on the shot.

9:24pm

80 - A chance for Tonbridge's Bakare, but he over-runs the ball.

9:23pm

79 - Nathan Pinney - Tonbridge Angels

Pinney is booked for deliberate handball.

9:21pm

78 - Town's Soares fires at goal from distance. Wide. Neither goalkeeper has really been tested yet.

9:20pm

76 - Tonbridge Angels - Alex Teniola on for Tom Collins

9:18pm

73 - Soares beat the Tonbridge offside trap but his pass for McAuley is poor, allowing a defender to get back and challenge. 

The resulting corner is only half-cleared but McAuley fires wide from the edge of the area.

9:16pm

72 - More good play from McAuley down the Town right. This time the goalkeeper claims his low cross with Matthews lurking.

9:15pm

71 - McAuley does well down the Town right and his low cross almost finds Soares, but a defender just manages to cut it out.

9:14pm

69 - Basingstoke Town - Nathan Smart on for Kezie Ibe

9:11pm

66 - Mark Lovell thinks he should have a penalty after colliding with Adam Green, but the referee waves play on.

9:10pm

65 - Wes Daly - Basingstoke Town

Nathan Green looks to break and Daly body-checks him. A definite booking and the Town skipper, who was shown a yellow in the first half, is sent off.

9:07pm

63 - McAuley crosses from the right. The Tonbridge goalkeeper is a little concerned but it drops onto the roof of the net.

9:03pm

59 - Soares cuts inside a Tonbridge defender and fires in a shot. That must have hurt. It caught a defender in the midriff.

9:01pm

57 - Good play from Ibe sets up a chance for McAuley but he takes a touch too many and the chance is snuffed out.

9:00pm

55 - Ryan Watts - Tonbridge Angels

McAuley and Watts clash on the right wing and both go into the referee's notebook.

8:59pm

55 - Shaun McAuley - Basingstoke Town

8:58pm

45 - Tonbridge Angels - Ryan Watts on for Jon Heath

I was wrong. There was a change at half-time.

8:57pm

53 - Town's Gasson is almost caught in possession but the referee comes to his rescue, giving him a very soft free-kick.

8:53pm

49 - The visitors' Luis Cumbers gets in down the left but slices horribly wide.

8:52pm

48 - Daly has the first shot of the second half from 25 yards. Well over the Tonbridge crossbar.

8:49pm

Town get the second half under way. No half-time changes.

8:48pm

The players are back out ready for the start of the second half.

8:47pm

Well, they're not 3-0 down. An improvement on Saturday.

8:36pm

A pretty awful first half but Town have looked the more likely side. They've created a few decent openings but not tested the Tonbridge 'keeper.

8:35pm

Basingstoke Town 0-0 Tonbridge Angels

8:34pm

45+1 - Decent move from the visitors ends with Tom Collins shooting from the edge of the area. It bobbles straight to Wells.

8:32pm

There will be one minute of added time at the end of the half.

8:31pm

44 - Andrew Jenkinson fires in a shot from distance. It looked close for a second. It wasn't.

8:29pm

41 - Pinney shoots for the top corner. Almost finds the corner flag. Terrible.

8:26pm

38 - Nathan Green's cross finds Pinney at the near post. He heads wide, but the flag was up for offside anyway.

8:25pm

37 - Ibe is on the end of Matthews' flick and has only Carey to beat. Sadly, he goes for a lob, which goes across rather than towards goal, with Carey claiming the ball outside his six-yard box. Absurd.

8:23pm

35 - Ibe does well to hold off a defender before teeing up Matthews, whose low shot is well blocked by Browning.

8:21pm

33 - Wes Daly - Basingstoke Town

Daly is booked for a late challenge deep in Tonbridge territory.

8:20pm

32 - A nice pass from Daly has Soares in behind and his ball across the six-yard line requires Sonny Miles to makes an important challenge.

8:16pm

28 - Mark Lovell almost bundles his way through, only to make a total air kick on the edge of the area. Town scramble clear and break dangerously, but nothing comes of it.

8:14pm

This has been a very poor game so far. Too many aimless long balls from both sides.

8:08pm

21 - Tonbridge win the game's first corner but Jay Gasson heads clear, with Wells claiming Browning's follow-up cross.

8:07pm

18 - That's a pretty decent chance for the visitors.

A long ball found Michael Bakare running in behind and while Wells beat him to the ball, his weak punch only reached Nathan Pinney 25 yards out. A lob would have had Wells in trouble but the striker went for pace and the goalkeeper made the save.

8:02pm

14 - Tonbridge put a free-kick into the area and it's a free header for Lee Browning. He's a long way from goal though and can only redirect the ball straight at Wells with a looping effort.

7:59pm

11 - Matthews gets a flick on Louis Wells' long kick forward and McAuley is in. He has time to steady himself but slices wide. A good chance and he could have even laid it on a plate for Kezie Ibe.

7:57pm

It's been a terribly slow start. Neither side has been able to get much going offensively.

7:56pm

8 - That's the first moment of any real quality. Wes Daly played a neat pass for McAuley and his effort from an acute angle was too close to Lewis Carey in the Tonbridge goal.

7:54pm

Tonbridge are also operating 4-4-2. According to my colleague from their local paper, they are playing five strikers tonight due to injuries and suspensions. He doesn't appear too optimistic about their chances of avoiding the drop.

7:50pm

It's 4-4-2 for Town, with McAuley and Soares on the wings. Expect them to switch and interchange with the forwards.

7:48pm

1 - A nervy moment for Town there. The ball was bouncing around in the area but the hosts manage to scramble clear.

7:47pm

Tonbridge get the game under way. They are shooting towards the Clubhouse End in the first half.

7:44pm

Here come the players. They almost outnumber the crowd. Not a great turnout.

7:42pm

7:41pm

7:35pm

The teams have just made their way inside to make their final preparations.

7:30pm

TEAMS

Basingstoke Town: Wells, Rice, Green, Jenkinson, Gasson, Ray, Daly, McAuley, Ibe, Matthews, Soares. Subs: Adams, Debattista, Smart, Johnson-Schuster, Holder-Spooner.

Tonbridge Angels: Carey, Muggeridge, Green, Lovell, Miles, Heath, Cumbers, Browning, Pinney, Collins, Bakare. Subs: Teniola, Chalmers-Stevens, Watts, Bolagi, Slocombe.

7:26pm

TEAM NEWS 

Town make two changes to the side that lost 4-0 at Sutton on Saturday.

Shaun McAuley is fit enough to start and comes in for Nathan Smart, probably on the right wing, while Manny Williams aggravated his groin injury on Saturday and is not fit, Robbie Matthews taking his place.

Jordace Holder-Spooner is back on the bench, but Simon Dunn and Neil Barrett remain out.

7:23pm

It's a much bigger game for Tonbridge. They are 21st, or second-bottom. It's tight at the bottom and three points would be massive for them.

7:22pm

Town go into tonight's game 12th in the table, nine points off the play-offs. They must win tonight if they are to keep their already slim chances of finishing in the top five alive.

Even then, they would probably have to win nine of their remaining 11 games to have a chance. A long shot.

7:19pm

Have your say on tonight's game, and all things Basingstoke Town, by using the comment box below or #bstoketown on Twitter. I'll use any suitable submissions in this blog.

7:18pm

It's a crisp, dry night in Basingstoke. Pitch looks pretty much back to  its best after the rain over the last couple of months. Good effort by the ground staff.

7:10pm

Good evening and welcome to live text coverage of tonight's Conference South fixture between Basingstoke Town and Tonbridge Angels from the Camrose.

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