BASINGSTOKE Town had a night to forget as they knocked out of the Southern League Cup by Division One Marlow 3-1.

Full credit to the visitors they defended well and when their chances came they took them.

The home side put out a strong side with only three changes made to the line-up beat Kettering 3-2 on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Gioedano Zabotti, Shane Hollamby and Jack McKnight all came in for Colm McAdden, Sam Smart and the suspended Charlie Kennedy.

Town started brightly with Callum Bunting and Ben Wright both seeing efforts go over.

Marlow then took the lead after 18 minutes, as Jay Welch's cross from the right, fell at he back post and Kamaron English snuffed the ball home for the lead.

After this there was not much to talk about until the final five minutes of the half, when Town suddenly came alive Bunting was so unlucky not equalise as his shot hit the post and then same player was denied by great save from Liam Harris his first of the game.

He was called into action again before the break, this time to save from Sam Argent.

Town found themselves with an even bigger mountain to climb after 53 minutes, as Marlow made it 2-0.

English's shot from distance stung the palms of Zabotti and Luke Farrugia was the quickest to react to the rebound.

Soon after, a great tackle from Chris Ovenden denied Jack McKnight the chance to pull the trigger.

Then a minute later, Smart was added to the attack and looked lively when he got the ball, but the service to him was awful.

Marlow then put the tie to bed with a third on 79 minutes, as a Dan Bayliss back pass to Zabotti, saw the goalie kick the ball out only as far as Charlie Barton.

Some days the striker sends the return shot into the car park, but not this time.

In the final minute of the game, the home side got their first real clear cut chance of the second half, which saw Tim Wohlfiel cross directed onto the crossbar by Ben Wright.

Then three minutes into added on time McKnight was fouled in he box and Wright was able to score a consolation goal from the spot.

Town return to league action on Saturday with a trip to Chesham and then entertain Stratford on Tuesday night.