Match report by: Nick Wilson
Basingstoke continued where they left off in the previous match at Stratford, improving once again to claim their first home point of the season.
By full time Basingstoke would have been a little disappointed that they couldn’t have taken all three points after shading an entertaining encounter.
The home team looked dangerous early on but were held back by the lack of a quality final ball, Michael Atkinson twice got into a good position on the right but was unable to pick out a teammate with his attempted crosses. Hayes and Yeading replied through a long range strike by Adam Green and header across goal by winger Harry Grant. The opening goal came on 23 minutes courtesy of Aaron Jarvis. Tamille Roache delivered a free kick from the left and Jarvis got in front of his man at the near post to place a volley beyond goalkeeper Louis Wells with his left foot. George Hallahan then seemed certain to double the lead but his header flew wide of a gaping goal. Basingstoke were made to pay just moments later as Keir Dickson was left free in the box to head home James Harper’s corner.
Half Time: 1-1
The second half ebbed and flowed as both sides had periods of dominance. The visitors threatened from set pieces and Basingstoke responded with quick counter attacking moves. Ashleigh Artwell was a constant thorn in the side of full back Jim Fenlon, his pace and quick feet causing all manner of problems for the Hayes and Yeading man. The biggest chance of the half fell to former Basingstoke striker Lloyd Macklin but he saw his shot blocked by the feet of Alex Tocarczyk. As time ticked on there were strong claims for a penalty for the home team. A surging run from deep by Artwell was eventually brought to an abrupt end by away captain Adam Everitt. The referee judged it to be on the edge of the penalty area rather than inside and awarded Basingstoke a free kick instead.
Basingstoke looked the more likely to nick the points in the closing stages, Aaron Jarvis twice going close to sealing the points for ‘stoke. The first chance saw him break away down the right before firing an effort a hair’s breadth wide of the far post before a stinging long range drive just met Wells’ fingertips as it flew over the bar. They turned out to be the last chances of the match as the spoils were shared and Basingstoke were left waiting for their first win of the season.