Basingstoke Town 0 Winchester 2

BASINGSTOKE Town suffered a defeat against Winchester City at home last weekend.

Winchester made a reasonable start to the game and they more than did that when in the sixth minute ‘Stoke goalkeeper Simon Grant could only parry an effort from Tommy Wright and Jamie Barron was able to score from an acute angle. (0-1)

Shortly afterwards Grant made a good save from a Rose header, while at the other end D'Andre Brown had an effort deflected wide, but there was not very much other action in the first half with Winchester looking solid and never looking like surrendering their lead in the games's first period.

Winchester made a good start to the second half when with a loose ball in the Basingstoke penalty area Trevor Caborn was able to fire the ball into the top corner. (0-2)

After the second goal went in Basingstoke were trying to use the flanks to effect and put crosses into the box, but Winchester were defending well and getting some interceptions and blocks and sill looked capable of hitting Basingstoke on the break. 

Cairney though made a couple of good saves from Liam Ferdinand at the expense of corners.

However, as the half progressed it became increasingly unlikely that the home team could find a way back into the game.

Late on Caborn shot just over, but in the end it was a disappointing defeat for ‘Stoke at home.

After the game, coach Dan Brownlie said it was a lacklustre performance from his side.

He said: “We had some ok moments over 10-15 minutes. But we came unstuck by our own errors.

“We didn't play the worst. They played their brand of football which is difficult to play against. We didn't deal with that enough. But we also gave them the right to do with that with our own errors.

'Stoke will face Walton & Hersham on Saturday, February 3.