By Nick Wilson.
Basingstoke saw their FA Cup campaign end at the second hurdle as Hungerford held on to secure a place in the draw for the next round, a result that even the Hungerford manager admitted was harsh on the home side.
Basingstoke entered the game on the back of three successive defeats in the league, the only respite coming in the previous round of the FA Cup against Bemerton Heath Harlequins. National League South side Hungerford started the game slightly better and put Basingstoke under pressure with a few early corners as they looked to use their size and strength to cause the hosts problems. Basingstoke managed to rely though and created the better chances throughout the first half, enjoying more possession than their opponents and were very unfortunate not to score.
Charlie Kennedy was twice denied on the goal line and Ashleigh Artwell and Romone Rose both drew saves from visiting keeper George Legg. Despite the growing pressure on their goal Hungerford were gifted a golden chance to take the lead when they were awarded a seemingly soft penalty for a nudge by Marcus Johnson-Schuster. Stefan Brown stepped up and beat Alex Tokarczyk from the spot to take a fortunate lead into the half time break.
Half Time: 0-1
Basingstoke came out for the second half, still confident the looked to keep the ball on the ground and try use their width to beat their opponents as the away team ere forced deeper and deeper to defend. Aaron Jarvis, George Hallahan and Sam Deadfield were all sent on to try to find an equaliser but it was to no avail as the Hungerford defence held firm to send Basingstoke out of the cup.