Friendly Ends – Camberley Town 1 – 4 Basingstoke Town Saturday 20th July 2019

Following Tuesday’s friendly against Luton Town, the next game up for Stoke was the trip to Surrey side Camberley Town. Despite the early-morning downpours, the weather for the first team game was bright and sunny, and this was how Stoke took to the opening half.

This was the first game that both Reece Rusher and Ben Wright (his first game of the season), were on the field together and this showed as one or two early good moves were close in us taking the lead.

However, it was not too long before our No.8 finished neatly past the ‘Krooners’ keeper. The lead was then quickly doubled as Rusher fed the ball to an open Ben Cook in goal, who slotted the ball home.

Another five minutes gone and Ben Wright finished with aplomb to put Stoke 3 up and it was all too-easy for the Stoke team. Then just before the half-time Adam Everiss playing in a more attacking role was put through over the top and Adam rounded the keeper to make it 4 – 0.

A few changes at half-time by Stoke and we came out with the same initial intensity, but we failed to take our chances in the second-half and a late well-taken goal by Camberley prevented Stoke coming away with a clean-sheet.

Match Report by Martin French..