LiveAS IT HAPPENED - Basingstoke Town 3-2 Weston-super-Mare

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Summary

  • FULL-TIME - Basingstoke Town 3-2 Weston-super-Mare
  • Town end six-game winless run with narrow victory at the Camrose
  • Win means they secure their place in Conference South for next season
  • Enver-Marum puts Town ahead on 15 minutes
  • Soares hits the crossbar but McAuley doubles the lead on 43 minutes
  • Fiddes pulls one back for Weston on the stroke of half-time
  • Enver-Marum's second restores two-goal advantage on 67
  • Callum Laird makes it 3-2 nine minutes later
  • Jay Gasson wins Supporters' Player of the Year award

5:27pm

That's all for today. Join me again on Wednesday, when Concord Rangers visit the Camrose.

5:26pm

In addition to ensuring their safety, today's result moves Town up a place to 15th in the Conference South table.

5:24pm

VIDEO REACTION

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

4:59pm

It was nervy towards the end, but Town's six-game winless run is over and they will definitely play in the Conference South next season.

Not a great display but Liam Enver-Marum was clinical. That's six goals in seven Town appearances for the striker.

Reaction to follow.

4:54pm

Basingstoke Town 3-2 Weston-super-Mare

4:54pm

90+3 - Town give the ball away in a bad area, but Diallo fires wide from the edge of the area.

4:51pm

90+1 - Basingstoke Town - Marcus Johnson-Schuster on for Louie Soares

4:50pm

Town will have to survive three minutes of added time.

4:49pm

88 - Ibe tries his luck from the edge of the area, but it's easy for Purnell.

4:46pm

84 - That's a nice free-kick routine, wasted by Ibe, who totally mis-hits a cross/shot.

4:44pm

82 - Basingstoke Town - Kezie Ibe on for Simon Dunn

4:44pm

82 - Liam Enver-Marum - Basingstoke Town

Enver-Marum goes into the book after hauling down a Weston defender in an attempt to get on the end of a ball in.

4:40pm

79 - That's a big chance for Enver-Marum to complete his hat-trick, but the striker fails to hit the target with a free-header.

4:40pm

78 - Weston-super-Mare - Bradley Ash on for Alec Fiddes

4:37pm

76 - Basingstoke Town 3-2 Weston-super-Mare - Callum Laird

Grubb's ball in from a free-kick on the right finds CALLUM LAIRD, who forces the ball home from close range. Game back on.

4:35pm

74 - Basingstoke Town - Manny Williams on for Nicholas Bignall

4:35pm

74 - Weston-super-Mare - Jake Llewellyn on for Martin Slocombe

4:34pm

73 - Weston go close to getting back in it. A low cross from the left evades Diallo at the near post and rolls across the face of goal before going out for a corner.

Kington fires way over from the resulting corner.

4:28pm

67 - Basingstoke Town 3-1 Weston-super-Mare - Liam Enver-Marum

A clearance is blocked and falls kindly for LIAM ENVER-MARUM, who is clean through. He makes no mistake, slotting the ball under Purnell to restore the two-goal cushion.

4:28pm

67 - Almost an embarrassing own-goal as Matthews' header loops towards his own goal, but McDonnell has time to get under the ball and catch.

4:25pm

65 - Weston-super-Mare - Syd Camper on for Chas Hemmings

4:24pm

63 - Good feet from Partridge and Adam Green is in down the left. He should square for Bignall but opts to shoot, straight at Purnell.

4:22pm

62 - Weston are looking far more likely. Town can't string two passes together at the moment. 

Right-back Callum Laird has a shot from distance but it's way over.

4:19pm

57 - That's an important challenge from Gasson to prevent a Weston player getting a clear run on goal.

4:17pm

It's pretty awful at the moment. Both sides resorting to hopeful balls forward.

4:12pm

51 - Hemmings pulls down a long ball, with Matthews nowhere, but his attempted lob is miles over the Town goal.

4:10pm

49 - Another decent save from McDonnell after Kington is allowed to waltz into the area. The goalkeeper is down quickly, diving to his left.

4:09pm

48 - Good feet again from Dunn but he is crowded out after getting the return ball from McAuley.

4:05pm

Weston get the second half started.

4:04pm

The players make their way out for the second half.

4:02pm

Maidenhead are currently beating Ebbsfleet. If that stays the same, Town have to win today to ensure safety.

3:58pm

The hosts will be disappointed to have conceded so close to half-time, but Weston don't deserve to be two down. Nicely poised for the second half.

3:55pm

Town have not played as well as they did at Eastleigh on Friday, but they lead at the break. Not the same intensity, but they have taken more of their chances.

3:50pm

Basingstoke Town 2-1 Weston-super-Mare

3:49pm

45+1 - Basingstoke Town 2-1 Weston-super-Mare - Alec Fiddes

Weston are back in it. It's a fine strike from ALEC FIDDES from the edge of the area, but it was too easy for him to get into that position.

3:47pm

43 - Basingstoke Town 2-0 Weston-super-Mare - Shaun McAuley

A shot is blocked but the ball drops kindly for SHAUN McAULEY, who fires in from the penalty spot.

3:46pm

43 - A long ball puts Bignall in the clear, but the angle is against him and Purnell is down well to make the save.

3:45pm

42 - Weston should be level. Diallo beats Gasson for pace and that's good work from McDonnell, who saves with his legs.

Diallo picks up the rebound and pulls it back for Hemmings, who has an open goal but shanks his shot wide.

3:43pm

40 - Grubb's trickery leads to a shooting chance, but it's straight at McDonnell.

3:42pm

38 - McAuley's touch on the stretch sets up a counter attack for Town as Partridge makes ground.

He puts Soares through down the middle but Weston goalkeeper Purnell gets a touch on his shot, pushing it onto the crossbar. That's a good save.

3:37pm

33 - Robbie Matthews - Basingstoke Town

That's harsh. Matthews seemed to get the ball as he slid in on Grubb, but the referee awards a free-kick and books Matthews.

Matt Partridge is fortunate not to be penalised for kicking the ball into the prone Grubb as he lay on the ground.

Kington takes the free-kick, but his low effort is kept out by McDonnell, who had to get across his goal quickly.

3:33pm

31 - That's a terrible effort from McAuley. Scuffed wide with no power from the edge of the area.

3:32pm

30 - That's the bad side of Gasson. He overplays in his own half and the ball is nicked from him, but Alec Fiddes fires wide from the edge of the area.

3:30pm

28 - Weston play a corner to Ashley Kington on the edge of the area, but that's a long way over the crossbar.

3:28pm

24 - Weston break through Grubb but he fails to find a team-mate with a low ball in. Good defending from Gasson to stop Naby Diallo getting on the end of it.

3:27pm

23 - Town could have had a penalty there.

Soares beat several men down the left before teeing up Dunn. He nudged the ball beyond Purnell before being taken out by the visiting goalkeeper, but the referee awards a goal-kick.

Dunn never would have got to the ball, but he was caught late. Anywhere else on the field and that's a free-kick.

3:25pm

22 - Town have been on the back foot since going behind, surviving a couple of sticky moments in their own box.

McDonnall makes his first save of the afternoon, diving to his right to keep out Grubb's low effort.

3:17pm

15 - Basingstoke 1-0 Weston-super-Mare - Liam Enver-Marum

That's a lovely goal, made by Simon Dunn and scored by LIAM ENVER-MARUM.

Dunn took two Weston players out of the game with a lovely touch just inside his own half and ran at the defence before putting Enver-Marum in the clear.

He rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home from a narrow angle.

3:16pm

14 - That's a great ball from Enver-Marum to release Shaun McAuley down the Town right. He cuts in on his left foot but shoots over the bar.

3:14pm

11 - Good play by Enver-Marum down the left but his low shot is straight at Luke Purnell in the Weston goal.

3:12pm

9 - Weston have an even better chance. Dayle Grubb beats Smart down the left before crossing for Chas Hemmings, but the ball is just behind the striker, who can only head wide.

3:10pm

8 - That's a chance though. Nathan Smart's low ball in finds Enver-Marum, but his first touch makes the angle too acute and his pull-back finds nobody.

3:09pm

Looks like we could be in for a long afternoon. Very poor fare so far. No intensity or tempo from either side.

3:05pm

3 -  That's a pretty bad challenge from Nicholas Bignall, who gets a ticking off from referee Mark Pottage.

3:04pm

2 - Town break through Enver-Marum, but Louie Soares' cross is over everyone in the box.

3:02pm

Town get the game under way. They will shoot down the slope, towards the Town End of the ground, in the first half.

3:00pm

SUPPORTERS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR

A bit of a shock as the award goes to Jay Gasson. Congratulations.

2:58pm

The players make their way out on to the pitch ahead of kick-off.

2:55pm

Before the game, there will be a couple of presentations. The supporters' player of the award will be presented by Peter Raynbird and club legend Nigel Mattock.

I'll be amazed if David Ray doesn't win.

There will also be a cheque presentation made to mascot Stokie the Dragon, who recently ran the London Marathon.

2:52pm

Classic April day. Sunshine and showers. There was a lot of rain yesterday, but the pitch is fine.

2:48pm

Right, time to make my way up to the press box ahead of kick-off.

2:46pm

2:41pm

Have your day on today's game, and all things Basingstoke Town, by using the comment box below or #bstoketown.

2:40pm

The good news for Town is that today's visitors have very little to play for now. They are 12th in the table, safe but with no chance of making the play-offs.

2:39pm

Weston have been something of a bogey side for Town in recent years. They have come out on top the last five times the sides have met in league and FA Cup.

Weston won 1-0 when they met in Somerset on Bank Holiday Monday back in August, and knocked Town out of the FA Cup at the Camrose the following month, beating them 2-1.

2:33pm

Just noticed a third change to the Town side. Andrew Jenkinson is ill and misses out, so Adam Green returns at left-back.

2:32pm

TEAMS

Basingstoke Town: McDonnell, Smart, Green, Partridge, Gasson, Matthews, Soares, McAuley, Enver-Marum, Bignall, Dunn. Subs: Daly, Adams, Williams, Ibe, Johnson-Schuster.

Weston-super-Mare: Purnell, C Laird, Slocombe, Trowbridge, J Laird, Knowles, Fiddes, Diallo, Hemmings, Kington, Grubb. Subs: Walker, Llewellyn, Ash, Camper, Irish.

2:28pm

TEAM NEWS

Two changes to the Town team that started at Eastleigh.

As mentioned earlier, McDonnell replaces Wells in goal. Liam Enver-Marum's reward for his late strike is a starting berth, with Manny Williams dropping to the bench.

2:25pm

Results on Saturday mean that Town could secure safety today. A win, or a defeat for Maidenhead, and they will be safe.

2:23pm

Some reasonably good news regarding Town goalkeeper Louis Wells, who had to be taken off on a stretcher at Eastleigh on Friday.

It doesn't look like he will be around to play any of the remaining games of the season, but his leg isn't broken.

Joe McDonnell will don the gloves today, having been recalled from a loan spell at Hendon.

2:13pm

Good afternoon and welcome to live text coverage of this afternoon's game between Basingstoke Town and Weston-super-Mare at the Camrose.

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