LiveLIVE - Dorchester Town v Basingstoke Town

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FULL-TIME - Dorchester Town 2 Basingstoke Town 2

An entertaining game, perhaps lacking in a bit of quality at times, but it's one Town should have won.

They'll be annoyed to have thrown away the early lead, while they also had the better chances, including some very good ones.

See Thursday's Gazette for a full report and all of the reaction to the game.


Delano Sam-Yorke does well to control the ball, turn and get a shot away from the edge of the area - but it's well wide.


There will be four minutes of added time for somebody to find a winner.


Jordace Holder-Spooner somehow wriggles through down the left side of the area and his shot is deflected onto the outside of the post.


Another massive chance for Town. Delano Sam-Yorke's snapshot is not held by Jason Matthews in the home goal and the ball falls to Simon Dunn six yards out - but he somehow scoops it over.


YELLOW CARD - Sam Malsom - Dorchester Town

That's an impressive dive from Malsom, who flew through the air following a challenge from Stuart Lake in the area. The striker is duly booked.


SUBSTITUTION - Dorchester Town - Carl Mutch on for Ashley Nicholls


Simon Dunn's ball into the Dorchester box causes all sorts of problems. The home goalkeeper and Tim Sills collide and it looks like a tap-in for Jordace Holder-Spooner but a defender somehow blocks and the ball ends up in the hands of the goalkeeper.


That's a good chance for Town. A good move down the right led to a shooting chance for Tim Sills and when his effort was blocked, the ball broke for Stuart Lake, who fired straight at the goalkeeper from 12 yards.


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

A bold move from Town boss Jason Bristow. Holder-Spooner is unlikely to contribute much defensively.


Dorchester get in down the right and it takes an excellent defensive header from Rob Rice to prevent a certain goal.


Dorchester's Nathan Walker gets up to meet a corner but is unable to keep his header down.


SUBSTITUTION - Basingstoke Town - Tim Sills on for Manny Williams


GOAL - Dorchester Town 2 Basingstoke Town 2 - Charlie Clough (65 min)

Ben Watson breaks down the left, leaving Rob Rice in his wake, before crossing the ball for Clough to head home.


YELLOW CARD - Charlie Clough - Dorchester

Clough is booked for berating the assistant after his side seemed to miss out on a corner.


A good free-kick from Shaun McAuley almost finds Jay Gasson at the near post - but Dorchester defender Arran Pugh does well to take the ball away from him.


Ben Jefford's cross finds Shaun McAuley at the far post. He climbs well but can only head over. A decent chance.


That's a nice pass from Wes Daly to put Manny Williams through but a defender does well to get his toe to the ball. Shaun McAuley crosses in but Delano Sam-Yorke attempts to overplay and the chance goes away.


YELLOW CARD - Delano Sam-Yorke - Basingstoke Town

Sam-Yorke is booked for deliberate handball.


A nervy moment at the back for Town there. A poor cross found Ben Jefford with loads of time to clear but his clearance was poor and almost led to a chance.


YELLOW CARD - Stuart Lake - Basingstoke Town

Lake is stupidly booked for dissent towards the referee.


Delano Sam-Yorke picks up the ball down the left and leaves one defender for dead - but a second does just enough to stop him getting a shot away.


Simon Dunn works space for a shot just inside the area but it's blocked.



Town get the second period started. There have been no changes at the break.


The teams are out for the second-half and the half Town will defend is starting to look decidedly boggy.


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Not sure when this was posted but you've got it almost right at half-time. I can't see the second-half being scoreless mind.


HALF-TIME - Dorchester Town 1 Basingstoke Town 2

A cracking first-half played at a really good tempo, with plenty of chances for both sides.

Town were well on top early on and could have been further ahead - but they then allowed the hosts into the match and we could easily be all square again.


There will be three minutes of added time at the end of the half.


The resulting corner comes to nothing and Dorchester break through the impressive Charlie Clough. He feeds Sam Malsom, whose curling effort is beaten away by Ashley Bayes and cleared to safety.


Good play from a throw by Town and Shaun McAuley's effort from a narrow angle has to be touched wide by Jason Matthews in the home goal.


That's a decent move from Town but they overplay a bit and a good challenge stops Manny Williams getting a shot away.


That's a fantastic ball by Ashley Nicholls to find Sam Malsom in space between the two Town centre-backs. The striker's touch seems to make Ashley Bayes favourite but the 'keeper misjudges it and Malsom is around him, with only Ross Adams' challenge preventing an equaliser.


SUBSTITUTION - Dorchester - Jake Smeeton on for Lewis Morgan

An change for the hosts, who replace winger Morgan with left-back Smeeton.


YELLOW CARD - Neil Martin - Dorchester

Martin wrestles Shaun McAuley to the ground and is duly booked.


GOAL - Dorchester Town 1 Basingstoke Town 2 - Sam Malsom (28 min)

Charlie Clough is played in down the right side of the area and he gets to the by-line before pulling the ball across goal. It goes between Ashley Bayes' legs and is forced over the line by Malsom.



YELLOW CARD - Jamie Gleeson - Dorchester

Both Gleeson and Shaun McAuley went in hard for a loose ball there. McAuley got the ball and was then caught by the Dorchester man, who might have seen red on another day.


Dorchester go straight up the other end and should pull one back. Ben Watson is played in down the right and he finds Sam Malsom in a very promising position - but it's a poor shot staight at Ashley Bayes.


Another chance for Town as a quickly-taken free-kick finds Delano Sam-Yorke on the edge of the area. He turns well but fires wide.


A deep free-kick into the Town box causes trouble - but Nathan Walker can only head straight at Ashley Bayes from a good position.


Town go close again as a ball in finds Delano Sam-Yorke at the near post, but his effort is smuggled wide.


Dorchester take a terrible corner and Town break excellently, first through Simon Dunn and then through Manny Williams, who then gets into the area to volley Shaun McAuley's cross - but a good block prevents the Town man testing the goalkeeper.


GOAL - Dorchester Town 0 Basingstoke Town 2 - Simon Dunn (9 min)

Wow, what a start this is - and that's a great team goal, aided by some poor defending.

Manny Williams does well to hold the ball up on halfway before feeding Delano Sam-Yorke down the right. He beats two men and cuts into the area before passing to Williams, who in turn finds Dunn.

Again the Town man is in acres of space and he fires home, via a slight deflection and the underside of the crossbar, to double the lead.


GOAL - Dorchester Town 0 Basingstoke Town 1 - Stuart Lake (7 min)

More good work down the right and a ball across the area finds Lake in acres of space. He takes a touch before finishing calmly to give Town the lead.

That's the first time in 8 matches Basingstoke have scored the opening goal of the game.


It's been a open start to the game and now Town have a good opening. Rob Rice plays Manny Williams in down the right channel and his pull back finds Simon Dunn in space - but his effort is poor and well over the goal.


That's the first real chance of the match, and it fell to Dorchester's Sam Malsom. Charlie Clough looks to be fouled on the edge of the area but the ball breaks to Malsom and his well-struck effort is just about parried over by Ashley Bayes. Far from comfortable.


That's a decent break from the visitors, who force the first corner of the match - but it comes to nothing.



Dorchester get the game under way.


The teams emerge from the tunnel for the match.


The pitch looks in pretty decent order considering the weather we've had of late. It's mighty cold mind you.



Dorchester Town: Matthews, Bell, Martin, Pugh, Walker, Gleeson, Morgan, Nicholls, Watson, Clough, Malsom. Subs: Smeeton, Way, Brooks, Mutch, Walker-Harris.

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



There's just one change to the Town side from Saturday's defeat at Havant and Waterlooville.

Tim Sills is still out, while Stefan Brown has gone on loan to AFC Totton. Stuart Lake comes into the centre of midfield, with Simon Dunn moving out to the left and Matt Warner dropping to the bench.


Have your say on tonight's game by using the comment box at the bottom of the page or #BTFC on Twitter.


Good evening and welcome to live updates from The Avenue Stadium, where Basingstoke Town are the visitors to Dorchester Town in the Blue Square Bet South.


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