The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH - By Nick Wilson

SAM AR­GENT’S tri­umphant re­turn to the Cam­rose earned Basingstoke a fifth con­sec­u­tive home league vic­tory.

Af­ter scor­ing over 150 goals for Hart­ley Wit­ney in the last three years, the for­ward took just four min­utes to give his new side the lead, cap­i­tal­is­ing on a fum­ble by Jack Hard­ing to fin­ish from close range.

Ban­bury re­sponded well, Luke Car­nell spurn­ing two good chances while Tom Win­ters fizzed a low shot just wide.

The Pu­ri­tans found an equaliser on the stroke of half­time, Win­ters burst­ing be­yond Char­lie Kennedy be­fore lash­ing a strike over home keeper Colm McAd­den to take the sides in level at the break.

Ash­leigh Artwell put the hosts back in front with his first touch im­me­di­ately af­ter com­ing on, tap­ping in at the far post from an­other Smart cross.

Ban­bury piled on the pres­sure in the last 15 min­utes, Ge­orge Nash send­ing a dip­ping vol­ley just over, while McAd­den made a good save from Ravi Shamsi.

At the the other end, Ar­gent al­most sealed the win with a su­perb chip that beat Hard­ing but grazed the bar be­fore Smart broke away and placed a per­fect pass in be­hind Car­nell for Ar­gent to fin­ish with his left foot at the death.

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