ONCE again the West Country proved not to be a happy hunting ground for Basingstoke Town.

Last Saturday, they were beaten 5-2 at Bristol Manor Farm, this weekend they lost 4-1 at Tiverton.

For the game in Devon, Dean Stow and Dan Collier both returned from suspension and it was the visitors who had the first chance with Sam Argent denied by a great save from Liam Armstrong.

Unfortunately for Basingstoke they were forced to make a change in the 26th minute after Sam Deadfield was injured and George Bennett replaced him.

Soon after, Tiverton’s Armstrong knocked over Argent in the area and Town were awarded a penalty, which saw Dean Stow send Armstrong the wrong way for the opening goal.

The home side levelled by the break, as Jordan Rogers struck with a near post header.

Just before the break, Tiverton had a great chance to take the lead in a goalmouth scramble with the danger eventually being cleared by Jim Orvis.

Tiverton took the lead in the contest after 56 minutes, as Mike Landricombe headed home River Allen’s corner.

Then on the hour mark they made it 3-1 from Tom Bath who put away his own rebound.

The visitors tried to get themselves back in the contest with Jack McKnght firing just wide, before Levi Landricombe made it 4-1 with an excellent lob.

The visitors tried to get a second, but Sam Smart volleyed wide and Argent headed over from close range.

Basingstoke’s game this Tuesday against Farnborough in the League Cup has now been postponed.

This is due to an investigation into Farnborough’s win over Fleet in the previous round.

Therefore, Town are next in action on Saturday, when Dorchester are the visitors to the Camrose.