The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH - By Si­mon New­bury

A FINE win over Bas­ingstoke Town has kept Che­sham be­liev­ing in the pos­si­bil­ity of a late charge into the play-offs.

Af­ter a cagey start Che­sham took the lead on 23 min­utes, Oran Swales fin­ish­ing off a well-worked move with a shot into the roof of the net.

Che­sham were play­ing some neat foot­ball at times, and on 31 min­utes Jef­fer­son Louis turned his marker and squared for Shane Bush to tap home the sec­ond.

Bas­ingstoke’s main threat came from set pieces and, from one Ge­orge Ben­nett corner, Cal­lum Bunting and Sam Ar­gent both hit the wood­work in quick suc­ces­sion.

But Che­sham scored a third by the break, Kieran Mur­phy head­ing in af­ter the vis­i­tors’ de­fence didn’t clear a Jhai Dhillon corner.

The vis­i­tors came back into the game af­ter the in­ter­val and Ben­nett hit the post with a pow­er­ful drive.

Mid­way through the half a Ben­nett free kick was saved by Che­sham keeper Hafed Al-Droubi but Bunting headed home the loose ball to give the vis­i­tors hope.

How­ever that be­lief was ex­tin­guished four min­utes later, when Louis set up Bush who net­ted a fourth for the home side.

This de­feat leaves Bas­ingstoke in the bot­tom half of the ta­ble, thanks largely to an abysmal away record – ac­cru­ing just eight points in 15 games. STAR MAN: Adam Watkins (Che­sham) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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