BASINGSTOKE Town suffered the heartache of being beaten in the last minute at Salisbury.

The visitors for the third week running added another new face to their defence with the signing of Charlie Fox from QPR.

He went straight into the starting line-up in place of fellow QPR man Kraig Noel-McLeod.

The Town bench also saw the return of striker Ben Wright after a few weeks out with injury.

It was the visitors who had the first real chance of the game against a side second in the table, as Sam Argent was denied by home goalkeeper Liam Driscoll on 18 minutes.

The Dragons then went close again when Rob Gerrard had a header deflected wide.

On 35 minutes, Town were forced to make a change due to an injury to midfielder Harry Pearse and Zidane Akers replaced him.

After this the home side then had a couple of chances from Aaron Dawson and Dan Fitchett.

For the start of the second half the home side introduced former Town player Matt Partridge and Salisbury certainly had the better of the start of the second session creating a number of chances.

So it was no surprise that on 58 minutes the Whites took the lead, as Chris Shephard was able to slot the ball past Tom McGill.

After this the visitors looked to hit back and only an excellent save denied Akers with a super strike.

However, Town did get an equaliser five minutes from time as Akers levelled things after being released by fellow sub Wright.

Just when it looked like the visitors would return from Wiltshire with a well earned point, Fitchett scored the winner for Salisbury with a header at the back post.

The visitors so nearly still grabbed a share of the spoils, as after a shot was cleared off the line, Wright put the rebound over.

Next for Town is a trip to Hendon on Saturday and another defeat could well see them sucked back into the relegation fight.