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LIVE - Eastleigh v Basingstoke Town
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- Full-time - Eastleigh 1 (McAllister 30) Basingstoke Town 1 (Warner 73)
Full-time - Eastleigh 1 (McAllister 30) Basingstoke Town 1 (Warner 73)
The draw was probably a fair result in the end. Eastleigh were on top in the first half but Town were much improved after the break and well worth their excellent equaliser.
See Thursday's Gazette for a full report and all of the reaction.
There will be four minutes of added time for either side to find a winner. Looks more likely that it will be Eastleigh though as Moses Ademola fizzes the ball right across the face of goal.
Eastleigh are pressing now. Darryl McMahon sees a shot well blocked and then puts in a great low cross that flashes across goal without anyone getting a touch.
Good footwork by Eastleigh's Moses Ademola on the edge of the area creates space for a shot but it's straight at Ashley Bayes.
Eastleigh make their second change, bringing Dale Binns, who won this league with Woking last year, on for Marvin Williams.
A short corner causes problems for Town, who just about smuggle the ball away.
A mix-up at the back almost leaves Tim Sills in on goal. The Eastleigh defence recovers but it looked like Sills was bundled over.
Matt Warner has another dig from a free-kick but it's from further out and straight at Eastleigh 'keeper Jack Dovey.
GOAL - Eastleigh 1 Basingstoke Town 1 (Warner 73)
Matt Warner has scored some spectacular goals in his long spell at Basingstoke - and that is one of the best. A foul on the edge of the area gives the visitors a free-kick and the wide-man smashes an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Brilliant.
Town make their second change, replacing Jordace Holder-Spooner with Stefan Brown.
Eastleigh make their first change, replacing Jai Reason with Damian Scannell. Quite a player to have on the bench.
Yellow Card - Basingstoke - Jay Gasson
Stuart Lake is penalised for handball when he looks to have a good chance at the far post and Gasson is booked for arguing with the referee.
Eastleigh's Craig McAllister lays the ball back to Jai Reason and his well-struck effort forces Ashley Bayes into a smart save down low.
Wes Daly plays Jordace Holder-Spooner through but his angled drive drifts just past the far post. Another decent chance for Town.
Jai Reason shoots low from distance but it's easy for Town 'keeper Ashley Bayes.
Yellow Card - Eastleigh - Jai Reason
Wes Daly looks to take a free-kick quickly but it's blocked by Reason, who is shown a yellow.
Yellow Card - Basingstoke Town - Tim Sills
Sills launches into a needless challenge in the corner and becomes the first name in the referee's book.
Another great chance for the visitors as some poor defending leaves Delano Sam-Yorke with just the 'keeper to beat. The angle is tight and he hesitates, allowing a defender to get in and challenge. Unfortunately nobody was up with him.
That's Town's best chance yet. The ball goes into the box, Wes Daly gets a flick and the ball falls to Tim Sills on the edge of the area but he blasts well wide.
Town get the game restarted. No substitutions at half-time and Basingstoke are still playing 4-3-3.
Half-time - Eastleigh 1 (McAllister 30) Basingstoke Town 0
Eastleigh have had more possession and territory but Town looked comfortable until the goal - and dangerous on the break. Losing Shaun McAuley was a blow and they have since had to switch to 4-3-3 and match the hosts up, with Rob Rice slotting into midfield.
Moses Ademola breaks down the Eastleigh left. His cross is headed down by Craig McAllister for Marvin Williams but he cannot get a shot away and the move ends with a wayward effort from McAllister.
Basingstoke go straight up the other end and force a corner. Matt Warner crosses the ball in and Stuart Lake has a very similar opportunity to the one Craig McAllister scored from - but he loops his header over the crossbar.
GOAL - Eastleigh 1 (McAllister 30) Basingstoke Town 0
The resulting corner finds Craig McAllister on the penalty spot and he thumps in a header that Rob Rice on the post can only help into the net.
Eastleigh are having their best spell of pressure yet and Darryl McMahon picks up Ashley Bayes punch before blasting a shot narrowly over thanks to a deflection.
Andy Forbes gifts the ball to Basingstoke on halfway but a potentially dangerous break comes to an end with a poor touch from Nathan Smart.
Eastleigh right-back Mitchell Nelson is causing a few problems and his diagonal cross finds Craig McAllister. It's not an easy chance though and the striker can only head wide under pressure from Rob Rice.
Town are forced to make a change. Shaun McAuley looks to have hurt his hamstring and he is replaced by Delano Sam-Yorke. It looks like Jordace Holder-Spooner is going to play in the hole between midfield and attack.
Mitchell Nelson does well down the Eastleigh right before putting in a low ball that flashes across the box. Moses Ademola was not far from getting a crucial touch.
Eastleigh get the first shot of the match away but it's from distance and straight at Ashley Bayes despite a slight deflection.
That's Town's best attack yet. Tim Sills, Nathan Smart and Jordace Holder-Spooner were all involved but there was no real end product, with a couple of attempted shots blocked on the edge of the area.
Matt Warner curls in a free-kick. He's looking for someone to get a flick and while nobody manages to do so, the ball only goes narrowly wide.
It's a 3-5-2 formation for Town, while Eastleigh have shaped up with a 4-3-3 system.
Eastleigh get us under way on a bright evening in south Hampshire.
Team news - Town have named an unchanged side, so the returning Delano Sam-Yorke is only on the bench. Goalkeeper Joe McDonnell is also among the subs, so Chris Paterson and Simon Dunn drop out of the matchday squad.
Eastleigh include former Basingstoke striker Craig McAllister among a strong-looking line-up.
Eastleigh: Dovey, Nelson, Green, McNish, Jordan, Forbes, Ademola, McMahon, McAllister, Reason, Williams. Subs: Scannell, Everitt, Southam, Binns, Elphick.
Basingstoke: Bayes, Smart, Rice, Adams, Gasson, Lake, Daly, McAuley, Sills, Holder-Spooner, Warner. Subs: Brown, Campbell, Little, Sam-Yorke, McDonnell.
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