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ON THE WHISTLE: Frome Town 1-4 Basingstoke Town

Updated: Aug 27, 2018

Dan Cottle’s second half strike means little as The Robins continue their losing streak, as they conceded four against Basingstoke Town at Badgers Hill.

Basingstoke took the lead within the first ten minutes through Sam Argent, who slotted the ball past James Carey from close range. Carey signed from Championship side Bristol City in midweek, as Darren Behcet sustained an injury last time out in the loss against Hartley and Wintney.

The Robins had to keep out Argent once again as he evaded the offside trap, Carey was able to make a great stop to turn the ball around the post.

The visitors got their second of an impressive performance as Shane Hollamby as he managed to nod the ball into the back of the net.

Rickie Scott brought down Charlie Kennedy in the box and gave referee Stacey Pearson no option in awarding The Dragons a penalty, which was converted by Stow.

There was one contentious moment before the break as Marcus Mapstone completed a strong challenge on an opposition attacker, which Pearson adjudged to be a foul and Mapstone received a yellow card.

Manager Danny Greaves made two changes at half-time as Ollie Knowles and Will Hailston were replaced by Conor McCormack and Dan Demkiv respectively.

Frome managed to get more of a stranglehold on the game after half-time, The Robins exerting more pressure on the Hampshire outfit. This pressure told as Dan Cottle curled a fantastic shot from 25 yards which fizzed past Basingstoke’s Colm McAdden into the bottom left hand corner.

Frome conceded almost immediately as Sam Deadfield evaded the defence and slotted past Carey. The game then fizzled out as the contest ended, and Basingstoke were the winners as Pearson blew the final whistle.

FROME TOWN: Carey, Morris, Mapstone, Roberts (Davis 90’), R. Scott, Cottle, Monk, Knowles (McCormack 45’), Hailston (Demkiv 45’), K. Scott, Baker.

SUBS NOT USED: Tylek, Griffiths

BASINGSTOKE TOWN: McAdden, Stow, Orvis, Bennett, Hollamby, Bayliss, Smart, Kennedy, Argent, Deadfield, Akers.


MAN OF THE MATCH (Sponsored by Kane McGuiness Design): Dan Cottle

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