LiveAS IT HAPPENED - Basingstoke Town 1-2 Woking

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  • FULL-TIME - Basingstoke Town 1-2 Woking
  • Town suffer first pre-season defeat
  • Keiran Murtagh and John Goddard have Woking in control before half-time
  • Fine goal from Adam Nditi gets Town on the scoresheet late on
  • Pre-season friendly at The Soccer AM Stadium
  • Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden plays the last seven minutes for Basingstoke
  • Attendance: 1,090


That's all for today. The next live sport on the site will be next Saturday, when Town host Hemel Hempstead in their first Vanarama Conference South game of the season.




A good day and a decent turn-out. The game wasn't great, but the supporters will all go away talking about Adam Nditi's fantastic goal at the end.

Reaction to follow.


Basingstoke Town 1-2 Woking


90 - Almost an equaliser as Gasson sees his effort from a corner blocked almost on the line. Rendell heads wide with the last action of the game.


89 - Basingstoke Town 1-2 Woking - Adam Nditi

That is a lovely goal. A burst of pace takes ADAM NDITI past a couple of players and a neat one-two with Enver-Marum, whose return pass is a cute back-heel, allows the former Chelsea youngster to sweep the ball home from the edge of the area.


88 - Owusu finds Rushden on the left side of the area, but he can't beat that defender.


87 - Good run from Soares, but he can't find a team-mate.


84 - Basingstoke Town - Max Rushden on for Manny Williams

Williams makes way for Rushden, who's immediately involved, passing to Soares.


83 - Good play from Sole and Murtagh creates a chance for Beccles, but his angled drive goes across the face of goal.


82 - Looks like Max Rushden might be imminent. Two-goal hero?


81 - Town force a corner and Bird's cross just evades Owusu. The same thing happens from the next flag-kick.


Both sides are starting to look a little weary. Not much happening out there.


75 - Basingstoke Town - Julian Owusu on for Chris Flood


72 - Moore does well to claim a low ball into the area.


71 - Good play from Enver-Marum to play Flood in. He cuts in on his left foot, but his shot is deflected wide.

Gasson meets the resulting corner at the far post, but can only nod wide.


68 - Woking - Giuseppe Sole, Adam Newton and Adam Brice on for Xapi, John Nutter and John Goddard


Town seem to be tiring. A lot of misplaced passes.


65 - Woking's right-back Xapi puts a cross in. It has too much on it and only just drops wide.


63 - McAuley lets fly from distance, but that's well over.


62 - Basingstoke Town - Louie Soares on for Andrew Jenkinson


61 - Flood gets a chance to shoot, but delays and his effort is blocked.


60 - Woking - Scott Rendell and Ebby Nelson-Addy on for Theo Lewis and Jordan Richardson


57 - Town force a bit of pressure from the corner, but cannot create a chance.


56 - Lovely one-touch play from Town results in Flood's low centre being cleared for a corner.


56 - Woking's Hewitt manages to get up at the far post, but he can only head wide.


55 - Good defending by Smart to deny Lewis a chance.


54 - Woking - Mark Ricketts on for Joey Jones


52 - Enver-Marum almost makes the most of a defensive mix-up, but the ball spins awkwardly away from him.


49 - Williams whips the free-kick into the goal-mouth, forcing Cole to palm it away, with McAuley's effort on the rebound blocked.


48 - Good work from McAuley earns Town a free-kick on the left wing.


Woking get the second half started. Don't think there have been any substitutions. Town are certainly unchanged.


Today's attendance is 1,080. A good effort. Let's hope some of the people who turned out today come back next week.


The teams are on their way back out ready for the second half.


You'll be unsurprised to hear that nobody managed to rattle the bar.


Rocket from Soccer AM is now running a crossbar challenge, with kicks taken from the edge of the D.


We are currently being treated to a cheerleading routine from the Basingstoke Wolverines. Dramatic stuff.


Disappointing first half for Town. They had a couple of chances early on but Woking were comfortable after that and took advantage of some poor defending to take a two-goal lead.

The hosts need an excellent second half if they want to hold on to their unbeaten record in pre-season.


Basingstoke Town 0-2 Woking


44 - Williams wins a free-kick in a dangerous area. Bird attempts to curl it around the wall and in at the near post. Not a bad effort. Into the side-netting.


43 - Goddard's cross is a good one, but it just evades all of the Woking attackers.


At least the sun is out, though there are menacing clouds all around us.


41 - Williams fires in a snap-shot from the corner of the penalty area. Not far over.


Could Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden be Town's saviour?!


36 - McAuley gets a ticking-off from the referee after going head-to-head with Payne.


34 - Basingstoke Town 0-2 Woking - John Goddard

Town never deal with the break and it's pretty bad defending which allows JOHN GODDARD to slot home from the edge of the six-yard-box. They were all over the place.


33 - Smart forces a corner, which McAuley takes, but Gasson is just beaten to the ball and Woking break.




29 - Another chance for the visitors from another cross, but Richardson can only head wide.


28 - Basingstoke Town 0-1 Woking - Kieran Murtagh

Town fail to clear their lines and when Moore gets caught under a cross from the left by Jon Nutter, KIERAN MURTAGH has the simple task of nodding home from close range.


27 - More good play down the Woking right, this time from John Goddard, but Richardson can only poke wide at the near post.


26 - A teasing ball in from the right by Woking's Hewitt. Smart does well to get it behind for a corner.


25 - Good play from McAuley gives Smart a chance to cross, but that's over everybody.


23 - Flood is down getting treatment after taking a knock. Looks like he should be okay though.


22 - Good play from Gasson gives Flood the chance to cross from the right, but that's gone behind.


20 - Williams takes it short to Enver-Marum, whose low shot towards the near post is into the side netting. Had goalkeeper Jake Cole worried though.


19 - Good possession from Town leads to Flood winning a free-kick on the left wing,  just outside the area.


15 - Almost a clear chance for Hewitt, but the Town defence get back to crowd him out. Joey Jones' header from the resulting corner is easily claimed by Moore.


15 - Smart does well on the right, despite slipping, and McAuley's high ball in finds Flood, who heads narrowly wide.


14 - Lewis makes a good break down the Woking right, but his low centre is cleared away by Bird.


13 - Smart gets caught on the ball and Town are in trouble defensively, but Jay Gasson makes a key interception and Troy Hewitt can only shoot straight at Moore.


11 - Jordan Robinson lets fly from distance with Williams down for Town. Stuart Moore can only parry his low shot away, but he has time to get to his feet and gather.

Williams has had some treatment, but looks like he will be okay.


8 - Good play from first McAuley and then Manny Williams, who beats a defender on the left side of the area before smashing a powerful shot wide.


7 - Woking's Theo Lewis has a shooting opportunity, but he dwells on the ball and his effort is blocked.

Nathan Smart then does well to block John Goddard's effort, while Keiran Murtagh fires wide.


5 - Two chances for the hosts in the space of a minute.

First, Shaun McAuley finds Enver-Marum in behind the defence, but his touch is a little heavy.

Then, Flood's pace takes him in behind, but he drags his shot across the face of goal and wide.


Not much has happened so far, but there is a decent crowd in. Must be up at around at least the 1,000 mark.


Tom Bird is indeed playing at centre-back. Possibly the shortest player in that position Town have ever fielded.


Town get the match under way. They will shoot towards The Clubhouse End of the ground in the first half, with Woking attacking the newly-named David Wilson Homes Stand.


Basingstoke are in blue shirts, blue shorts and yellow socks. Woking have white shirts, black shorts and white socks.


The teams make their way out of the tunnel for the pre-match handshakes.


The teams will be welcomed onto the field by the Basingstoke Wolverines cheerleading squad. Doug the Pug has just taken to the field of play.



The Town players have gone in to make their last-minute preparations.


Delighted to say that the rain has stopped and the sun is out, so if you are close enough to come down, you still have 15 minutes.



Basingstoke Town: Moore, Smart, Nditi, Jenkinson, Gasson, Bird, Dunn McAuley, Enver-Marum, Flood, Williams. Subs: Johnson-Schuster, Soares, Argent, Owusu, Drew, Green, Rushden.

Woking: Cole, Xapi, Nutter, Jones, McNerney, Goddard, Payne, Murtagh, Lewis, Hewitt, Robinson. Subs: Ricketts, Rendell, Sole, Newton, Nelson-Addy, Brice, Beccles, Howe.


Late change to the Town team, with Adam Nditi replacing Robbie Rice, who picked up a knock in the game against Fleet Town on Tuesday. Looks like Tom Bird will have to play at centre-back as Kieran Maylen must also have a knock.



Town line up as you might expect. Looks like a midfield diamond, with Chris Flood partnering Liam Enver-Marum in attack. Max Rushden has to settle for a place on the bench.

Woking feature four players with Basingstoke connections. Josh Payne, who starts in midfield, and striker Scott Rendell, who is on the bench, grew up in the town.

Goalkeeper Aaron Howe is the son of former Basingstoke manager Ernie, while Giuseppe Sole had two loan spells at the club. Both of them are also on the bench.



The rain is properly coming down now. I just hope the pitch can stand up to this battering.

However, it does look like we have some brighter skies approaching from the west, which is where the weather comes from.


The car park looks pretty much full already. Looks like we'll have a decent crowd in The Soccer AM Stadium this afternoon.


I'm told that there are team sheets around, so I should have some team news for you fairly soon.


Bad news. It's raining harder than ever now, with no sign of a break in the clouds at the teams warm up. 

The floodlights have even been turned on. A real shame for the club if it stays like this. Fingers crossed things improve.




The rain has stopped already. Looks like we are in for an afternoon of sunshine and showers. Let's hope there's more of the former than the latter.


It's now bucketing it down with rain. Hope it doesn't put people off coming down. I'm sure it will have cleared before the game begins.


The ground is filling up, but you haven't missed much otherwise. Football freestyler Max Minnis has been demonstrating his talents on the pitch and the players are just emerging for the warm-up.

From a Soccer AM point of view, Rushden has been joined by Rocket and Frankie Fryer from the show.


Apologies for the hiatus in coverage, was busy getting a chat with Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden. Should have the video online in the next 20 minutes or so.


Weather-wise, it's mixed news. The positive is that the thunderstorms that were forecast seem to be holding off at the moment. However, it's overcast, with rain still threatening.

The pitch is in perfect condition though.


Rushden is expected to get a run-out for Town at some stage. Will be interesting to see how he fares. I'm hoping to grab a few words with him before the game.


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




In case you missed it (and I'm not sure how you could have!) Basingstoke Town have struck a deal with Sky Sports show Soccer AM. In return for a regular slot on the programme, Town's ground will be  known as The Soccer AM Stadium for the 2014-15 season.

Today is the official launch, with free entry for all to today's game against Woking. Some of the stars of Soccer AM are here, including presenter Max Rushden.


Good afternoon and welcome to live text coverage of what promises to be a big day for Basingstoke Town, with members of the Soccer AM crew in attendance for their final pre-season friendly against Woking.


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