KET­TER­ING TOWN 2 BAS­INGSTOKE TN 1

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTHERN PREMIER - By Peter Short

BAS­INGSTOKE’S poor run of form con­tin­ued at La­timer Park against a Ket­ter­ing side who hinted yet again of a late charge to the play-off places in front of their big­gest gate of the sea­son.

The vis­i­tors, clearly lack­ing in con­fi­dence, set up in a very de­fen­sive fash­ion and re­ceived sev­eral warn­ing shots early on when Liam Cana­van went close from dis­tance and a Rene Howe header needed to be cleared off the line by David Ray.

Ket­ter­ing broke the dead­lock on 25 min­utes when first Howe, then Matthew Barnes-Homer had ef­forts turned away be­fore Paul Malone emerged from a fran­tic melee to knee the ball in. Howe scored his de­served goal on 43 min­utes – re­ceiv­ing the ball on the edge of the area and send­ing keeper Alex Tokar­czyk the wrong way.

A grand­stand fin­ish was set up with 19 min­utes to go when sub­sti­tute Aaron Red­ford broke free and pow­er­fully ran into the area be­fore fir­ing home.

Paul White was forced in to action on 82 min­utes when Aaron Jarvis shot at point­blank range. Dom Lang­don was also called upon sec­onds later, us­ing his body to smoother the ball and then hack clear to pre­serve the hosts’ lead.

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