BASINGSTOKE Town’s end of season renaissance continued on Saturday as they made it two wins on the trot by sweeping aside visiting Hampton and Richmond 4-0 on Saturday.

Manager Frank Gray, pictured right, is keen for his side to continue this form until the end of the campaign.

He said: “I was very pleased with the performance following on from our success at Bishop’s Stortford and it was nice to do it in front of our own fans.”

Next up for them is a trip to Dover, before Town entertain Boreham Wood in their final home game of the season a week today.

On Saturday, Greg Draper was Basingstoke’s hat-trick hero as he scored three times in the space of 27 second-half minutes. The pick of his strikes was the second, which he fired home from 25-yards to take took his tally for the season to 24, while David Pratt netted Town’s fourth.

Gray said: “I felt we were in control of the game even before half-time and certainly once we scored that opened up the game.

“Later in the second-half we switched from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2, which gave them something else to think about.”

He added: “Greg has scored a good hat-trick today and has done well.”

Another player who certainly played a big part in the victory was striker Delano Sam-Yorke.

“He has the power and presence and they could not really handle him,” said Gray.

For Saturday’s victory Gray made just one change, with Reading loanee Simon Locke returning in goal, replacing Chay Morris.

The boss explained the reason why and said: “Simon is on loan from Reading and was fit to play and it felt right to put him in.

“Chay has no problem with that and Simon has produced one great save during the game.”

See The Monday Gazette for a full report and more pictures.