By Nick Wilson.
Basingstoke suffered another defeat on a frustrating night for Terry Brown’s side at home to Cirencester. It was a familiar story for the home side as good build up play was let down by the failure to finish chances.
The first half was a scrappy affair with neither side able to get into much of a rhythm. Cirencester did a good job of restricting Basingstoke’s play and stymying their front line, which included new signing Nana Owusu. The best chance of the first half fell to Richie Whittingham after Ashleigh Artwell, threatening early on, squared the ball from the left and Whittingham slid his shot just wide.
There were a flurry of early corners for Basingstoke but they were unable to force visiting keeper Harvey Rivers into a save. At the other end Cirencester looked sharp, pressing Basinsgtoke high up the field and making it difficult for them to play out from the back. The opening goal came with a touch of fortune about it. The ball was played in from the left and eventually dropped to Ross Langworthy. Langworthy’s strike took a big deflection and looped over Alex Tokarczyk to give the away team the lead on 33 minutes.
Half Time: 0-1
Basingstoke made a change at half time. Romone Rose came on to replace Aaron Jarvis who’d had a tough time in the first half up front and he had an immediate effect, forcing Rivers into his first save of the game before cracking a second strike off the crossbar. As in previous weeks, Basingstoke found themselves with lots of possession but unable to finish their chances. Artwell’s darting runs frequently got him into position to shoot but he couldn’t beat Rivers and George Hallahan couldn’t find the target as time ran out on Basingstoke.
Full Time: 0-1