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The Evostik League Southern Premier Division

Saturday 1st April 2017

The Ark Cancer Charity Stadium, Basingstoke Town

Attendance 376

Match Report By Simon Newbury

Basingstoke Town
Chesham United
Man Of The Match
Sam Youngs
Alex Tokarczyk 1 Richard Hayward Chesham went down to a fourth consecutive defeat in a game with a distinct end-of-season feel. Chesham looked well on the way to defeat with fifteen minutes to go, but two quick goals brought hopes of a point that came close to realisation when Sam Youngs hit the bar late on.

Brett Longden and Stephan Hamilton-Forbes came into the side replacing Adam Martin, who was away, and Matt Taylor. Joe Devaney made his first-team debut as a second-half substitute. Basingstoke made the stronger start, but Chesham had the best moment early on when Brett Longden’s ball found Sam Youngs in space but home keeper Alex Tokarczyk came out of his goal to block the resulting shot. That was Chesham’s only serious effort on goal in the half as the home team looked the more likely to score. Geoge Bennett broke forward and cut inside onto his right foot but his effort was blocked by Curtis Ujah, Michael Atkinson shot high and wide, then Atkinson headed a Terence Van Cooten cross wide of the near post. On 35 minutes Ashleigh Artwell collected a return pass from Aaron Redford, and shot past the advancing Richard Hayward to give Basingstoke the lead.

Two quick goals after the restart seemed to have ended the game as a contest. On 48 minutes Aaron Redford found space on the home right and fired in a shot that found the net inside the far post despite a last-ditch lunge from Curtis Ujah, then Ashleigh Artwell’s low drive from 30 yards found the bottom corner of the net past Richard Hayward’s right hand. Chesham looked a betaen side until the 76th minute, when a 20-yard shot from Sam Youngs deceived Tokarczyk who allowed the ball to slip through his hands and into the net. Six minutes later Brett Longden crossed the ball back in after a corner had been cleared, and Curtis Ujah’s looping header found the net just inside the far post. Basingstoke found some greater urgency and Aaron Jarvis scuffed a shot wide from the edge of the area, but Chesham could have stolen an unlikely draw late on when Sam Youngs’ long-range effort beat Tokarczyk but clipped the top of the crossbar.
Terence Van Cooten 2 Brett Longden
George Bennett 3 Toby Little
Matt Patridge 4 Danny Talbot
Rob Atkinson 5 Curtis Ujah
David Ray 6 Benji Crilley
Michael Atkinson 7 Dave Pearce
Charlie Kennedy 8 Sam Youngs
Aaron Redford 9 Phil Roberts
Ashleigh Artwell 10 Stephan Hamilton-Forbes
Nana Owusu 11 Ryan Blake
Aaron Jarvis 12 Joe Devaney
- 13 Andrew McCorkell
Sam Deadfield 14 Kemani Murray
Marcus Johnson-Schuster 15 Matt Taylor
Dan Collier 16 Barry Hayles
Joe Gater 17 -
Used Substitutes
Deadfield For Owusu 64   Devaney For Talbot 73
Jarvis For Artwell 73    
Artwell 35, 53   Youngs 76
Redford 48   Ujah 82
    Longden 67
    Little 86