By Nick Wilson
Basingstoke fell to a third consecutive league defeat at Kings Langley, going down by two goals to nil to the newly promoted side.
The hosts drew first blood inside two minutes in spectacular fashion. A corner was played short to Josh Chamberlain who crossed deep to Steve Ward. Ward drew back his right foot and connected beautifully with the ball, sending it flashing across Alex Tokarczyk and into the bottom corner. It was a blow for Basingstoke but they reacted well, taking control of the game. Kings Langley were pinned back for much of the next half an hour as Basingstoke pushed and probed, looking for the equaliser. Home keeper Boness was forced into two good saves, first by Ashley Artwell, then by Aaron Redford. There was also a flurry of corners for the home defence to deal with but they stood firm, keeping Basingstoke out to keep their lead through to half time.
Half Time: 1-0
Basingstoke failed to keep up their intensity as the second half started and their challenge was made even tougher when a cross from the right hand side looped over Alex Tokarczyk and straight into the top corner. From then on Kings Langley played conservatively, keeping players back and taking the life out of the game. Basingstoke worked hard but were unable to create many clear chances, mostly restricted to long range efforts from Ashleigh Artwell and Sam Deadfield. The best chance fell to captain David Ray though, who saw a free header at the far post somehow saved by Boness, who appeared from nowhere to push the goal-bound header wide. That was the last chance of the game as Basingstoke were left to return home empty handed.