LiveLIVE - Basingstoke Town v Bath City

First published in Football Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

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4:51pm

FULL-TIME - Basingstoke Town 2 Bath City 1

For the first time this season, Town have recorded back to back league wins.

It began badly, with Town conceding after just 39 seconds, and Bath shaded the first-half, but Basingstoke were the better side after the break and deserved to win.

Elsewhere, Reading won 3-1 at Crawley, Southampton lost 5-1 at home to Chelsea and London Irish beat Gloucester 18-12.

See The Monday Gazette for a full report and all of the reaction to today's action.

4:48pm

Town must see out three minutes of stoppage-time.

4:47pm

SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Manny Williams on for Delano Sam-Yorke

4:45pm

Stuart Lake shoots from range but it's easy for Jason Mellor and a waste of a good position.

4:45pm

A good move down the right leads to Simon Dunn's shot being deflected wide.

4:41pm

SUBSTITUTION - Bath City - Sekani Simpson on for Dan Ball

4:40pm

SUBSTITUTION - Bath City - Charlie Griffin on for Joe Burnell

4:39pm

Jordace Holder-Spooner shoots from range and has Jason Mellor worried - but it's well wide.

4:38pm

Close to 3-1 for the hosts. Good play down the right, with Jordace Holder-Spooner playing a neat one-two with Delano Sam-Yorke. Holder-Spooner's powerful drive is well saved, with Tim Sills just failing to get a touch at the far post.

4:33pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Town 2 Bath City 1 - Delano Sam-Yorke (76 min)

Wes Daly releases Simon Dunn down the left. His pull-back hits a Bath defender and while Town's claims for a penalty are waved away, the ball breaks for Sam-Yorke, who emphatically smashes the ball home. His sixth goal in two games.

4:33pm

SUBSTITUTION - Bath City - Kerry Morgan on for Josh Low

4:28pm

Delano Sam-Yorke almost latches onto a terrible back-pass, but the 'keeper just beats him to it and the pair collide after the ball is cleared. The striker stayed down for a while but seems to be okay.

4:26pm

SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Jordace Holder-Spooner on for Shaun McAuley

4:23pm

Good play from Shaun McAuley down the right. He takes Bath left-back Aaron Brown out of the game but seems to get caught in two minds between shooting and squaring for Delano Sam-Yorke, ending up doing neither.

4:20pm

Close for Town and Delano Sam-Yorke. An excellent turn on the edge of the area sets up the chance but the striker sees several goalbound shots well blocked.

4:19pm

Almost a second goal for the visitors. Noah Keats should be in but he miscontrols the ball. It nearly falls to him off a defender, but Town somehow smuggle it clear.

4:17pm

A good run from Simon Dunn leads to a shooting chance for Delano Sam-Yorke, but his shot from distance is well wide. 

4:16pm

Tim Sills wins a free-kick in a dangerous area and Matt Warner's shot forces Jason Mellor into a decent save, though it was on the 'keeper's side.

Bath go up the other end and Noah Keats shoots from range, but it's too close to Ashley Bayes.

4:15pm

YELLOW CARD - Bath City - Tom Nichols

Nichols is booked for persistent fouling.

4:14pm

A good first touch from Delano Sam-Yorke midway inside the Bath half. He bundles past a couple of defenders but the ball comes off his shin and goes through to the goalkeeper.

4:07pm

Delano Sam-Yorke has claims for a soft penalty waved away.

4:05pm

News just in. Basingstoke RFC actually beat Gosport and Fareham 57-14. Great start to the new year for them and a full report will appear in Monday's Gazette.

4:03pm

KICK-OFF

Basingstoke get the second-half under way. They are now shooting down the slope towards the Town End.

3:58pm

Elsewhere, it looks like Basingstoke RFC won comfortably away at Gosport and Fareham. 43-14 is the latest score I have for a game that kicked off at 2.15pm and should be over by now.

In the FA Cup, Reading lead hosts Crawley Town 2-1, Adam Le Fondre and Noel Hunt getting the goals after the League One side took the lead in the first minute.

Southampton trail Chelsea 2-1 at half-time, having led through Jay Rodriguez early on.

London Irish are suprisingly leading Gloucester 15-6 at half-time in rugby's Premiership.

3:49pm

HALF-TIME - Basingstoke Town 1 Bath City 1

It's been a fairly even half in general play - but Bath have had the better chances and will probably feel they should be ahead.

3:48pm

YELLOW CARD - Basingstoke Town - Stuart Lake

Lake brings down Adam Connolly in a dangerous area and is duly booked, with the resulting free-kick nervously headed behind by a Town defender.

3:46pm

There will be two additional minutes at the end of the half.

3:40pm

SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Nathan Smart on for Rob Rice

Rice has picked up a knock and has to go off, with Smart replacing him at right-back.

3:35pm

BATH HIT THE POST

Bath should be ahead. More good movement from Josh Low and a lucky break has the midfielder in the clear. Rob Rice gets back to put some pressure on him and the ball clips the outside of the post on its way wide. Another escape for the hosts.

3:30pm

Shaun McAuley nods the ball down for Delano Sam-Yorke on the edge of the area. He catches the ball well enough but his shot zips a couple of yards over the bar.

3:24pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Town 1 Bath City 1 - Delano Sam-Yorke (24 min)

Mark Preece misjudges a bouncing ball and is then outmuscled by Sam-Yorke in the area. His shot is weak but has enough on it to squirm under Jason Mellor and into the net.

3:24pm

Close to a second for Bath there. Another excellent run from right-back Dan Ball sees him ride numerous challenges before slipping in Josh Low. He works his way into the centre of the area before lashing in a shot that Ashley Bayes does well to push wide.

3:17pm

Tim Sills heads at goal from a corner but it's well over the crossbar.

3:15pm

Matt Warner's free-kick causes problems, the ball breaking to Tim Sills, but his shot on the turn is straight at Jason Mellor in the Bath goal.

3:11pm

That's close for the hosts. Great touch and pass from Stuart Lake to release Delano Sam-Yorke down the left channel and Bath goalkeeper Gethin Jones does well to prevent his centre reaching Tim Sills.

3:07pm

Delano Sam-Yorke cuts in from the left and blasts a low shot in - but it's wide of the far post.

3:04pm

Ashley Bayes is in action again, this time denying Tom Nichols after a good turn and shot on the edge of the Town area.

3:01pm

GOAL - Basingstoke Town 0 Bath City 1 - Josh Low (1 min)

That's not the start we were looking for. Bath take the lead after just 39 seconds.

Right-back Dan Ball runs from the halfway line into the area, beating first Simon Dunn and then Matt Warner, before pulling the ball back for Josh Low. He is completely unmarked on the penalty spot and finishes well, beating Ashley Bayes with a low shot into the corner of the net.

3:00pm

KICK-OFF

Bath get the game under way. They are shooting down the slope towards the Town End of the ground in the first-half.

2:57pm

The teams emerge from the dressing room under cloudy skies.

2:53pm

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2:46pm

TEAM NEWS

Unsuprisingly, it's an unchanged Basingstoke starting line-up. Town have failed to win two league games on the trot all season. Could that change today?

Town: Bayes, Rice, Warner, Adams, Gasson, Lake, Daly, McAuley, Sills, Sam-Yorke, Dunn. Subs: Brown, Campbell, Holder-Spooner, Williams, Smart.

Bath: Mellor, Ball, Brown, Preece, Jones, Connolly, Keats, Burnell, Allen, Nichols, Low. Subs: Morgan, Simpson, Griffin, Canham, Hailston.

2:42pm

Good afternoon and welcome to live updates from this afternoon's Blue Square Bet South clash between Basingstoke Town and Bath City.

Town will be looking to build on their spectacular 6-2 victory over Farnborough on New Year's Day as they strive to climb out of the relegation zone.

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