It was a difficult night for Basingstoke as they succumbed to another Tuesday night away defeat, this time at high flying Chippenham.
Chances were few and far between early on, Nana Owusu hit a dipping effort from range but it was soon 1-0 to Chippenham. A cross was floated in from the left and Matt Jones ghosted in unmarked to plant a header beyond Alex Tokarczyk from close range.
Basingstoke improved after the goal but still failed to test home keeper James Rae. Michael Atkinson flashed a shot just wide of the near post after a fantastic piece of skill from Owusu. Sam Deadfield also tried his luck but his shot bounced just wide and Charlie Kennedy almost scored from his own half, returning a goal kick first time only to see it drop the wrong side of the post.
Half Time: 1-0
The second half began with the home team on top, Basingstoke barely surviving a couple of crosses flashing across the box. They did manage to create some chances for themselves, George Hallahan twice went close and Deadfield and Owusu tried their luck with free kicks but all to no avail.
The result was sealed for Chippenham late on when Andy Sandell curled a low shot inside the far post, past the outstretched hand of Tokarczyk. Basingstoke were given a small ray of hope in the last few minutes as Mark Preece was shown a second yellow card for a strong challenge on Rob Atkinson, leaving the visitors playing against ten men for the second match in succession but it wasn’t to be as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat.
Full Time: 2-0