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Town boss looking to build on long-awaited win
BASINGSTOKE Town manager Jason Bristow says his side must build on their 1-0 victory over Tonbridge Angels as they look to climb the Blue Square Bet South table.
Simon Dunn's late goal was enough to ensure that Town ended an eight-game winless run - but Bristow's men remain in the relegation zone.
The Basingstoke boss said: “It's a massive win and I am really pleased for the players but we have not turned the corner yet. We need to build on this result and hopefully it will breed confidence because we need to go on a good run over the coming weeks.”
Saturday's game at the Camrose saw Town record a clean sheet for only the second time this season. Strangely, both have come against Tonbridge, who possess a potent front two in George Purcell and Frannie Collin, who topped the scoring charts in the division last season.
Bristow said: “We have got to make it hard for teams to come here and beat us. I thought we did that today because they have got two excellent strikers but we limited their chances.
“I'm really pleased that we got a clean sheet. They had a couple of half-chances but were only really a danger on the break and perhaps from set-pieces.”
Going forward, it was beginning to look like it might be another frustrating afternoon for Town until midfielder Dunn smashed home an excellent shot from the edge of the area with six minutes remaining.
“We said at half-time that we would take a 90th minute winner,” Bristow said. “We stayed patient and did not rush things near the end - and that paid dividends.
“We played some good stuff around the box at times. That was where the goal came from and it was a fantastic strike.
“Simon was getting frustrated with not playing earlier in the season but we had a long conversation and I asked him to be patient. He is a fantastic talent and we are asking him to play out of position on the left at the moment but he's doing a great job.”
The fact that Town were able to win without four regular starters also bodes well for the future. Striker Delano Sam-Yorke missed the game due to suspension, while the hosts were also without full-backs Robert Rice and Matt Warner, with centre-back Ross Adams only fit for a place on the bench.
Warner's sore hamstring left Bristow scratching around for a left-back - but Ben Jefford, the player he brought in on work experience from Reading, made an excellent debut.
“I thought Ben Jefford was tremendous,” the Town boss added. “He spent time on loan at Boreham Wood earlier this season, so he knows the level and he was very good on the ball.”
See The Monday Gazette for a full report and more pictures from Saturday's game.
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