LiveAS IT HAPPENED - Basingstoke Town 1-1 Newport County

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Summary

  • FULL-TIME - Basingstoke Town 1-1 Newport County
  • Honours even between League Two Newport and Conference South Town
  • Chris Flood puts Town ahead on 10 minutes
  • Aaron O'Connor levels on the half-hour
  • Both sides hit the woodwork in the second half
  • Town end the game on top
  • Strikers Sam Argent and Lloyd Macklin sign on non-contract terms

10:08pm

That's all for tonight. Join Graham Merry for coverage of Saturday's pre-season trip to Swindon Supermarine.

10:08pm

VIDEO REACTION

A post-match video interview with Basingstoke Town manager Jason Bristow can be seen by clicking here.

9:40pm

Not to long ago, this was a Conference South fixture. Newport are now two leagues above Town, but you couldn't tell tonight.

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh was furious with his players after the match, giving them a dressing down on the pitch, but it was a good display from Town.

Reaction to follow.

9:36pm

Basingstoke Town 1-1 Newport County

9:35pm

90+2 - Inches away from the resulting corner as well. Newport defend the ball in poorly and while Argent fails to make proper contact with his header, it pops up onto the angle of post and crossbar.

9:34pm

90+1 - So close to a Town winner. Argent's flick catches the Newport defence napping and Owusu is in behind. He really gets hold of his angled drive, forcing a good save out of Pidgeley.

9:32pm

90 - Macklin's low centre is just about cleared by the Newport defence.

9:31pm

89 - A cross from the Newport left is deflected into the arms of Moore by a home defender.

9:29pm

87 - Bird has a shot, but it hits the wall at chest height.

9:28pm

86 - Macklin makes a good run and is hacked down. Maybe a chance to get a shot in from the free-kick. It's 25 yards out in a central position.

9:27pm

85 - Newport County - Byron Anthony on for Ismail Yakubu

9:26pm

83 - Basingstoke Town - Marcus Johnson-Schuster on for Robbie Rice

9:23pm

81 - Good play from Macklin and Argent to create a shooting chance for Bird. It needed to be the perfect strike, but the left-back drags his angled drive wide of the far post.

9:18pm

76 - Jenkinson passes the ball straight to a Newport player and Town are on the back foot. They recover well, but will have been relieved to see the offside flag go up.

9:17pm

74 - A quickly-taken free-kick gives Bird the chance to cross. It's a decent ball, but there's nobody attacking the far post.

9:15pm

72 - Newport County - Kyle Patten and Lee Minshull on for Adam Chapman and Jan Klukowski.

9:14pm

70 - Good work from Macklin down the right, but his cross is just behind Argent.

9:13pm

68 - A dangerous ball comes into the Town box, but Gasson and Bird just about deal with it.

9:13pm

67 - Basingstoke Town - Sam Argent, Lloyd Macklin, Julian Owusu and Kieran Maylen on for Liam Enver-Marum, Manny Williams, Chris Flood and Nathan Smart.

9:11pm

66 - Flood outpaces Ismail Yakubu down the right, but his low ball across goal is well claimed by Pidgeley.

9:11pm

65 - Newport County - Chris Zebroski and Andy Sandell on for Aaron O'Connor and Andrew Hughes

9:05pm

63 - That's a really incisive move from Town, but Bird is challenged as he looks to cut inside. Some really good passing in there.

9:03pm

61 -  Willmott's cross from the Newport right finds O'Connor in space. That's a free-header, but it's a terrible effort. He barely got anything on it.

9:02pm

60 - Pidgeley flaps at and misses that corner from Shaun McAuley as Flood makes a good run unchecked. Lucky to see it go out for a goal-kick.

9:00pm

58 - Basingstoke Town - Andrew Jenkinson on for Ryan Scott

9:00pm

58 - Hughes beats Smart down the Newport right, but his cross is over everybody in the middle.

8:58pm

55 - Town should be ahead. Looked like Enver-Marum had fouled a Newport defender but the referee waved play on and the striker beat first a defender and then Pidgeley. 

Looked like he had a tap-in, but the finish was casual and Robbie Willmott got across from right-back to make an excellent block.

8:55pm

53 - Flood forces Pidgeley to kick the ball out for a throw deep in the Newport half, but Town cannot make anything of the opportunity.

8:54pm

52 - That's a dangerous ball across the Town penalty area from a free-kick, but there's no Newport player there to take advantage.

8:53pm

50 - Klukowski shoots from a narrow angle. The ball somehow evades Moore before coming off the post and hitting the goalkeeper on the head, but he's able to gather.

8:51pm

49 - Another chance for O'Connor, but he cannot redirect the ball on target from around the penalty spot.

8:50pm

48 - Scott is robbed in a bad area. The ball drops for Gasson, but the hosts are on the back foot.

8:49pm

At first glance, it seems that the visitors are unchanged as well. Glad I didn't put any money on lots of changes.

8:48pm

Newport get the second half started.

8:47pm

Looks like Town are unchanged. Newport haven't made too many alterations either.

8:46pm

The teams are starting to wander back out. Let's see if I can work out any changes.

8:43pm

With any luck, the sun will go down behind the houses on the far side before the second half starts. It's been a nightmare so far.

8:42pm

The signing of Macklin and Argent is interesting. Macklin looks like he could be a decent player if he gets his head right, while I'm glad Jason Bristow has taken a punt on local boy Argent.

Having said that, Flood took his goal well and has had a decent 45 minutes leading the line alongside Enver-Marum.

8:37pm

It's hot out there, so I suspect we'll see a few changes from both sides at the break.

8:36pm

Another good 45 minutes from Town. Newport had the better of the play but the hosts were far from outclassed.

8:33pm

Basingstoke Town 1-1 Newport County

8:31pm

44 - Dangerous ball in from the Newport right, but Rice heads away under pressure. Another shot is deflected into the side-netting for a corner, but Town manage to clear.

8:29pm

42 - Bird plays Enver-Marum in, but the forward wasn't able to time his run correctly and is caught offside.

8:27pm

40 - Andrew Hughes breaks forward from left-back, but that's a tame shot, wide of the near post.

8:26pm

39 - Good tackle by Simon Dunn to end a promising Newport move. Town go up the other end, but that cross is too close to Pidgeley in the visitors' goal.

8:25pm

38 - Newport are keeping the ball well, but there's no end product, that move ending with a hopeful ball forward. Flood is dropping back to cover the right-back, giving Town a 4-5-1 shape without the ball.

8:20pm

31 - Almost an immediate second for Newport, but Jan Klukowski's attempt to touch in a low cross is straight at Moore in the Town goal.

8:16pm

30 - Basingstoke Town 1-1 Newport County - Aaron O'Connor

Newport get in down the right and Town never recover. A cross just clears AARON O'CONNOR but drops to Rene Howe and his weak shot is touched home from close range by O'Connor.

8:13pm

There are three changes to the Town side that started against Hungerford on Thursday. Jay Gasson is back from injury and in for Kieran Maylen, ex-Aldershot man and triallist Ryan Scott has replaced Andrew Jenkinson in front of the back four and Flood is in for Julian Owusu in attack.

8:11pm

23 - Thats an important header from Smart at the far post, stopping Aaron O'Connor getting onto that cross.

8:09pm

22 - Jeffers lets fly from distance, but it's well over the Town goal.

8:04pm

17 - Newport have been on top since the goal went in, but good play from Enver-Marum sets up a Town attack and Bird's cross from the left finds the head of Flood, whose header is not far over.

8:02pm

15 - Shaun Jeffers gets up to meet the resulting corner, and that's not far over the bar.

8:02pm

15 - That's an important challenge from Williams, but it could have been a penalty. He got the ball, but caught the player in a scissor action afterwards.

8:01pm

13 - Moore has to be off his line quickly to get to a long ball forward.

8:00pm

12 - Mark Byrne has a shot from distance, but it's over the Town crossbar.

7:57pm

10 - Basingstoke Town 1-0 Newport County - Chris Flood

Newport deal with the corner but fail to clear their lines fully. Jay Gasson plays a lovely pass and CHRIS FLOOD is in the clear. He cuts back on his right foot before curling a fine finish past Lenny Pidgeley.

7:56pm

9 - Nathan Smart beats one man down the right, and while his low centre is cut out, that's the first corner of the match. 

7:54pm

8 - Tom Bird totally miss-hits an attempted clearance and is relieved to see the ball drop into the arms of goalkeeper Stuart Moore.

7:53pm

5 - Been a quiet start to the game. The sides are trying to work each other out at the moment.

7:51pm

Looks like a midfield diamond for Town, with Chris Flood alongside Enver-Marum in attack.

7:49pm

1 - The first chance falls to the hosts. Manny Williams floats a free-kick in from the right and Liam Enver-Marum is on the end of it, but his flicked header is straight at Lenny Pidgeley in the Newport goal.

7:48pm

Town get us under way. They are shooting towards the Town End in the first half. 

7:47pm

BASINGSTOKE TOWN TEAM

Basingstoke Town: Moore, Smart, Bird, Scott, Gasson, Rice, Dunn, McAuley, Enver-Marum, Flood. Subs: Drew, Argent, Macklin, Owusu, Johnson-Schuster, Jenkinson, Maylen.

7:36pm

NEWPORT COUNTY TEAM

Newport County: Pidgeley, Jones, Yakubu, Chapman, Howe, O'Connor, Willmott, Jeffers, Hughes, Klukowski, Byrne. Subs: Jackson, Feely, Minshull, Zebroski, Sandell, Jolley, Parker.

7:09pm

It's a warm, sunny evening in Basingstoke, which probably means that I won't be able to see much from the press box during the first half. The sun shines straight in as it goes down.

Will be quite warm out there for the players as well, and with less players in the squad, it will be a real test of fitness.

7:08pm

Hoping to have some team news for you in the next few minutes. It's pretty much a full-strength Newport squad though.

7:06pm

In case you missed it, and I'm not quite sure how you could have, the Camrose has been renamed as part of a deal with Sky Sports show Soccer AM. 

Tonight is the first game at the Soccer AM Stadium. Hopefully the interest around the deal will result in a few more through the gate tonight.

6:55pm

BREAKING NEWS

Basingstoke Town have added two more players to their squad ahead of tonight's game. Strikers Lloyd Macklin and Sam Argent have both signed on non-contract terms.

6:49pm

A quick update to start with. Tonight's game was due to kick-off at 7.30pm, but the start-time has now been pushed back by 15 minutes to 7.45pm.

Newport aren't here yet, so I assume they have got caught in traffic, hence the delayed start.

6:46pm

Good evening and welcome to live text commentary from the Soccer AM Stadium, where Basingstoke Town are hosting League Two side Newport County in a pre-season friendly.

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