WITH one defeat in their last five games, Basingstoke Town are looking to push forward in a bid for a play-off spot.

After a narrow 2-1 win against an Enfield Town in the FA Trophy, an outfit which Town boss Terry Brown called the team’s “toughest test this season”, the club is starting to build some momentum.

Brown said: “We had the luck of a late goal thanks to Sam Smart and you hope when these things it means the tides are changing.

“We were on the wrong end of a late goal two weeks ago against Weymouth, but when it goes in your favour its a great feeling.”

Brown, back in charge of the Dragons after Jason Bristow joined Eastleigh, has put the first-team’s stability down to consistency in the starting 11.

He added: “The team is starting to chip away and get the results and move us up the table. It is still early days but we are still aiming for that play-off position.

“Jason had the guys playing well so there is no need for me to come in and start chopping and changing things around.

“Where the team has a strong togetherness at the moment, the 18 senior players we have all want to play and get a spot on the team.”

A key element to the Dragons recent good run of form has been the attacking trio of Sam Smart, Sam Argent and Ben Wright.

With the trio looking to be a force for any defence, Brown said that when they are all on top form they are almost unplayable.

“We all know that Arg [Argent] is a quality striker,” added the Town boss.

“It took him a while to get going this year, but now he’s starting to hit his stride and has bagged about five or six.

“Same with Smarty who got two at the weekend, and with Ben who brings the whole thing together.”

Town host Merthyr Town at the Camrose on Saturday.