This is the happy moment unlucky Basingstoke football club finally had something to smile about after securing a narrow win to get through to the next round of the FA Cup.

Basingstoke Town Football Club, who were made homeless after being evicted from the Camrose ground on Winchester Road, drew 1-1 with Bournemouth FC on Tuesday before winning the match 5-4 on penalties.

Kevin White, vice chairman, said he was "thrilled" at the result and was over the moon to see Basingstoke residents turn out in their dozens to Reading City's football ground last night to support the team.

"We were only allowed 200 tickets due to coronavirus restrictions and 150 of those sold out within the first 48 hours," he told The Gazette.

The match day experience was different to usual with Kevin and club chairman Terry Brown greeting supporters at the door with a squirt of hand sanitiser and a a temperature check.

"Our fans and supporters have been incredible throughout lockdown, we've sold out on the latest football shirts twice over," he said. And some were ending up in unexpected places with orders from Australia, America and Manchester.

Basingstoke is through to the next round and will play Chichester on September 12, again in Reading.

The displaced team haven't been able to play at the Camrose since they were evicted in August 2019.

They played the 2019-20 season at Winchester and are moving to the smaller Winklebury ground for this season.

Kevin said their first league match will be on October 6.