By Nick Wilson
Basingstoke bounced back to winning ways with a comfortable victory at home to Kings Langley, avenging the 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture back in September.
It was an entertaining first half but without any goals as the sides traded chances. Michael Atkinson brought two saves out of Kings Langley goalkeeper Danny Boness while Sam Deadfield sent a shot just wide. At the other end, Alex Tokarczyk had to be alert to deny Ryan Plowright before Lewis Toomey failed to find the target and Steve Ward blazed a great chance high and wide.
Half Time: 0-0
Basingstoke upped the tempo in the second half and it quickly paid dividends. Nana Owusu fired a free kick just over the crossbar and Deadfield was unfortunate not to open the scoring after getting on the end of an Aaron Jarvis cross and forcing Boness into an excellent save. The opener finally arrived on 65 minutes after a trademark run from Rob Atkinson was brought to a swift and unceremonious conclusion by Kyle Anthony in the area. The referee pointed to the spot and Richie Whittingham stepped up to tuck in his third goal of the season.
Despite the goal Basingstoke didn’t relent. More chances came and went – Romone Rose hit the post – and eventually the pressure told. George Hallahan, on as a substitute, got in behind the defence and after being denied once, coolly slotted the ball into the net to seal the points for Basingstoke Town.
He wasn’t finished yet though and he promptly doubled his tally for the evening late on after good work by Aaron Redford. The former Fulham striker collected the ball on the left and got to the byline, cutting it back to Hallahan who turned the ball in from close range to give Basingstoke a well-deserved 3-0 win.
Full Time: 3-0