With this Bank Holiday feast of football, came some huge crowds, starting with our very own Basingstoke Town game at home to rivals Thatcham Town. In front of the biggest crowd in the league (740), Basingstoke won all three points, in a very heated encounter 4-3 due to a McKoy Palmer thunderbolt finish six minutes into injury-time. Note Thatcham had drawn level, the minute before. A Stefan Brown penalty and a brace of goals by Conor Lynch, being the other Stoke scorers.
The three points keeps Basingstoke Town in third place at the end of 2021.
Elsewhere, first-placed Bracknell, who had signed yet another forward in the days leading upto the game, behind four goals by Seb Bowerman, secured a comfortable 5-0 win against local rivals Binfield, in front of an impressive (for them) 721 fans. With Chertsey Town’s solitary goal victory at home to Westfield, Bracknell’s lead remains at 12 points.
In fourth remains Uxbridge who secured a narrow 3-2 home victory against playoff chasers Bedfont Sports. Even more surprising was that they equalled their highest home attendance of the season with 104.
Marlow’s two-nil home victory against Chalfont St Peter, keeps them in the final playoff slot. This keeps Chalfont St Peter rooted to the bottom of the table with Guernsey. However, Guernsey have multiple games in-hand over the rest of the league.
Playoff chasers Hanwell Town behind two goals from Tom Collins, secured a comfortable three-nil victory at what was an improving Northwood side. This leaves Hanwell in sixth place, two points behind Marlow.
The only other game in our league not covered was South Parks visit to Chipstead. In what appears to be a penalty-fest, a Kieran Lavery hat-trick (two via the spot) secured a 3-1 victory. South Parks goal also came via the penalty spot, through an Adam Aziz finish. This local derby brought Chipstead’s largest crowd of the season of 207, almost double their previous highest crowd.
Up next is the New Year Days games, whilst Stoke will have to wait till the Bank Holiday monday games when they host Westfield.