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REPORT - Basingstoke Town 1 Boreham Wood 0
BASINGSTOKE Town’s run of five Conference South games without a win came to an end with a deserved victory over visiting Boreham Wood at the Camrose on Saturday.
Town manager Jason Bristow made two changes to the side that had lost 4-1 at Havant and Waterlooville the week before. Nathan Smart came in for the injured Robbie Rice at right-back and Andrew Jenkinson was preferred to Neil Barrett in midfield, playing on the left wing in a 4-4-2 formation.
The game got off to a slow start but Boreham Wood should have taken the lead on 25 minutes. Jenkinson was robbed deep in his own half and Graeme Montgomery’s cross found David Moli unmarked, but the striker headed a great chance over from the edge of the six-yard box.
Basingstoke were marginally the better side throughout the half but were reduced to half-chances until five minutes before the break. Adam Green’s diagonal ball forward found Shaun McAuley in behind the visitors’ defence but the angle was against him and James Russell was able to block the shot with his body.
A couple more opportunities followed before the break, with Matt Partridge hooking an effort just over and McAuley seeing another effort excellently blocked by a defender.
The hosts continued to press in the second half. More good defending prevented Manny Williams testing the goalkeeper from a clever free-kick, while another block denied the same player after a neat one-two with strike partner Kezie Ibe.
Home goalkeeper Louis Wells was largely a spectator as his team-mates attempted to find a way through, though he did have to be alert to top a wayward cross over the bar.
The action was mainly down the other end though. Williams’ attempted pull-back for Jenkinson was cut out, while another good challenge stopped McAuley getting a shot away.
It looked destined not to be Town’s day when substitute Robbie Matthews’ volley was just about kept out by the visiting goalkeeper, but their luck changed with just five minutes to go.
Matthews chased a hopeful ball forward into the area and put former Town man Callum Reynolds under enough pressure to force him into a mistake, the defender prodding the ball beyond Russell and into his own net.
Having gone behind, Boreham Wood began to play with less caution, putting the hosts under pressure during the closing stages.
They went close to claiming a point as well, Matthew Bell’s shot deflecting off the back of Jay Gasson and requiring a smart save from Wells during five minutes of injury-time.
Town manager Bristow said: “Today was about the result rather than the performance. It was about coming out and working hard.
“The players know that last week was not acceptable and today proved that if you work hard, you get the results. It was a fortunate goal in the end but if you work hard, you make your own luck.
"We did not play our best football but hard work got us the result. Now we have to put the two together. We have got to earn the right to play and today is a good platform.”
Basingstoke Town: Wells, Smart, Greeen, Partridge, Gasson, Ray, Daly, McAuley, Ibe (sub Matthews 70min), Williams, Jenkinson (sub Dunn 65min). Subs (not used): Barrett, Debattista, McDonnell.
Boreham Wood: Russell, Nunn, Jones (sub Sterling-Parker 86min), Cox, O'Loughlin, Reynolds, Montgomery (sub Ball 80min), Garrard, Moli, Lobjoit (sub Simmonds 80min), Morgan. Subs (not used): Jibodu, Courtnage.
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