BASINGSTOKE Town suffered their third straight Southern League Division One South defeat, as they were beaten 3-1 by visiting Bristol Manor Farm.

The home side gave a debut to new striker Bradley Wilson.

The 22-year old having played at Reading and Watford as a youngster and joined the Dragons this week from Fleet Town.

Also in the starting line-up back from injury, was goalkeeper Freddie Gee.

The home side had the first chance of the game in the second minute, but Ben Wright’s effort went over the bar.

It was the visitors who scored the opening goal after five minutes from Lewis Bamford, as he celebrated his birthday converting a cross at the near post.

Gee in home goal was then called into action to save down low, to deny Manor Farm’s Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist.

The Dragons then had a chance as Riccardo Andrady fired over and as the half ended the home side went close from Dean Stow and Wright but remained 1-0 down at the interval.

Manor Farm doubled their lead two minutes into the second half from Jordan Metters’ volley, after a shot came back off the post.

Within a minute, new Town signing Bradley Wilson had a shot blocked and soon after the same player tried his luck from 25-yards which forced a save out of Ben John.

Just after the hour mark, Wright’s free-kick beat the wall but was saved.

Then with nine minutes left club captain Stow pulled a goal back.

A cross from Everiss found the skipper and he netted with a lovely curling effort.

Town looked for the equaliser and a Herbert corner was met by the head of Wright and only a great reflex save denied him.

However, on the 87th minute Town midfielder Jordan Edwards was sent-off after he picked up this second yellow card.

The visitor’s made the most of the 10 men, as Metters scored his second of the afternoon to complete a 3-1 win.

It gets no easier for the Dragons this coming Saturday as they travel to league leaders Frome Town.