BY NICK WILSON
Basingstoke fell to defeat in Cambridgeshire after failing to overturn a 2-1 half time deficit, despite dominating the second half.
Basingstoke started brightly and went close in the first couple of minutes as Nana Owusu’s cross swung in and clipped the far post but on six minutes, Sam Deadfield put Basingstoke in front with his seventh goal of the season. Matt Partridge placed a long pass in behind the St. Neots defence and Aaron Jarvis showed good strength to hold the ball up and lay it back to Deadfield who took a couple of touches before rolling the ball across the goalkeeper and into the far corner.
St Neots showed their first threat from a corner when Taylor Parr headed off target and Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson force Alex Tokarczyk into action but on the half hour the home side levelled. Shane Hill stepped up to a free kick on the edge of the box and marked his debut by blasting the ball into the top corner after a foul by Joe Gater.
The turnaround was complete five minutes before half time as Fortnam-Tomlinson put his team in front. After a couple of neat passes across the edge of the Basingstoke box, the ball fell to the winger who drove the ball inside the near post, via a slight deflection.
HALF TIME: 2-1
Basingstoke reacted well at the start of the second half as Terry Brown made a change. Charlie Kennedy was replaced by Ashleigh Artwell with Michael Atkinson moving inside and the change immediately gave Basingstoke an increased threat out wide. Owusu and Artwell took turns stretching the home defence, the former firing a shot across goal while the latter ran Norman ragged.
Basingstoke were well on top as Deadfield got on the end of a cutback from Marcus Johnson-Schuster. only to fire wide while Owusu also dragged a shot past the near post after cutting onto his right foot and Jarvis hooked a volley over the bar.
Basingstoke pressed on as the game wore on, leaving gaps at the back but fortunately Fortnam-Tomlinson, Jevani Brown and Hyem all failed to capitalise. In the end it didn’t matter though as Basingtoke slipped to their 16th defeat of the season.