DRAGONS STAGE A FAN­TAS­TIC FIGHT­BACK

The Non-League Football Paper - - SOUTHERN PREMIER SOUTH - By Nick Wil­son

A PHYS­I­CAL bat­tle led to a stun­ning end­ing at the Camrose as Bas­ingstoke mounted a mirac­u­lous, if slightly for­tu­nate, come­back against Wim­borne de­spite be­ing a man down.

The first half largely went the vis­i­tors’ way, Jack Lovell freed by a quick one-two to fin­ish a clin­i­cal counter at­tack in­side four min­utes.

The hosts snatched an equaliser against the run of play just be­fore the break, Sam Smart turned and set Zi­dan Ak­ers free to drill home.

Dean Stow was sent off 20 min­utes from time for tug­ging back Con­nor Young as he burst through on goal and Wim­borne even­tu­ally made the man ad­van­tage tell as Young’s shot took a cruel de­flec­tion off Harry Philby to loop be­yond Colm McAd­den.

It looked like game over but two min­utes into stop­page time, the ten men of Bas­ingstoke were awarded a penalty from a cor­ner, Billy May­bury the man pe­nalised.

Sub­sti­tute Cal­lum Bunting stepped up, his first ef­fort beaten back to him by Ger­ard Ben­field but he coolly swept the re­bound in with his left foot to seem­ingly se­cure a point.

How­ever, the home team weren't done though and Smart teed up Dan Col­lier to fire home from 20 years into the bot­tom cor­ner to steal a win.

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