LiveAS 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.


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


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.



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


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.


Basingstoke Town 0-0 Tonbridge Angels


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


79 - Nathan Pinney - Tonbridge Angels

Pinney is booked for deliberate handball.


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


76 - Tonbridge Angels - Alex Teniola on for Tom Collins


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.


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


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


69 - Basingstoke Town - Nathan Smart on for Kezie Ibe


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


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.


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


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


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


55 - Ryan Watts - Tonbridge Angels

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


55 - Shaun McAuley - Basingstoke Town


45 - Tonbridge Angels - Ryan Watts on for Jon Heath

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Basingstoke Town 0-0 Tonbridge Angels


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


33 - Wes Daly - Basingstoke Town

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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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




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



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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