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Jason Bristow frustrated by Basingstoke Town's defeat at Whitehawk
The defeat, Town’s second in three games, saw the Camrose club fall to fourth in the Conference South table – and Bristow was left to rue a below-par showing.
“We had put ourselves in a great position to kick on but we let ourselves down with poor defending and decision making,” the Town boss said. “It’s frustrating because we put ourselves in a difficult position by not defending properly.
“We had all of the possession but were not able to create any chances – and that is the disappointing thing. It was down to poor decision making.
"We kept choosing to make the wrong pass at the wrong times, trying far too many straight balls, which played into their hands.”
Having taken the lead thanks to Sami El-Abd’s glancing header on 21 minutes, Whitehawk were content to sit back and defend the 18-yard line.
They employed spoiling tactics, wasting as much time as possible – but Town were unable to break down their massed ranks in defence, though both Andrew Jenkinson and Jay Gasson did hit the woodwork over the course of the match.
Bristow said: “Only one team was trying to play, the other was trying to kill it – but we gave them a lift by conceding a bad goal and they are good at what they do.
“Once we were a goal down, they did not look to play any football, especially in the second half. You come to places like this and teams do just try to spoil the game.”
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