BASINGSTOKE Town faced a 2-0 defeat against formidable opponents Chesham United FC, marking the end of November on a down.

Despite a bright start, with key players Simon Dunn, Billy Upton, Scott Armsworth, and James Clark returning to the bench, the Basingstoke side struggled to break through Chesham's defense in the first half, resulting in a goalless stalemate.

The turning point came in the 72nd minute when Chesham seized the lead with a stunning long-range effort.

The situation worsened for 'Stoke as the home side was awarded a penalty in the 81st minute, successfully converted to secure a 2-0 victory.

The defeat places Basingstoke Town in the 13th position on the table, now five points away from the playoff place.

Manager Dan Brownlie, reflecting on the match, acknowledged Chesham United's superior performance.

He said: "We were close throughout the day, but we couldn’t get the job done.

"They’re performing well. It’s just a case of a little bit of luck, and the tide will turn, no doubt."

Despite the setback, Basingstoke Town has an immediate opportunity for redemption with three consecutive home matches at the Winklebury Football Complex.

On Saturday, December 2, they will face Sholing FC, followed by a Tuesday clash against Hungerford Town on December 5.

The busy week concludes with a home fixture against Beaconsfield on Saturday, December 9.