Isthmian South Central Division – 5th March 2022
Uxbridge 0 v 2 Basingstoke Town Attendance 188
Where: Honeycroft, Horton Road, West Drayton, Middlesex. UB7 8HX
Stoke confirm their promotion push with deserved win at Uxbridge
Dan Brownlie makes a number of changes for today’s game: 1. Paul Strudley, 2. James Haworth, 3. Aiden Lewis, 4. Robert Sheridan, 5. Nathan Smart, 6. Anton Rodgers, 7.Bradley Wilson 8. Simon Dunn (Capt), 9. Brody Peart, 10. Stefan Brown, 11. Ben Cook
On the bench:, McKoy Palmer, Marcio Neves, Lloyd Snell, D’Andre Brown & George Reid
Referee – Jack Oxenham
With Stoke fans out numbering the home fans it was Stoke who kicked off attacking the clubhouse end, and in the second minute the ball is slid through to Bradley Wilson, who takes the ball into the penalty area, and hits a shot that the keeper gets a hand to and the ball somehow flies just inches over the crossbar for a corner. The corner from Anton Rodgers, is punched clear by the keeper to Brody Peart, who volleys a shot that although beats the crowded goalmouth, is comfortably cleared to the halfway-line by a defender close to the goal-line.
Uxbridge have the next few minutes of possession, but create nothing of note.
Then on ten minutes we win a free-kick down the right about 35yds away. The kick is floated to the back of the far post where it is knocked across the face of the goal to Wilson who hits a volley from around eight yards away back across the goal and the ball slides a foot wide of the far post and out for a goal-kick.
Uxbridge have the next attack of note on fourteen minutes, when they break across the halfway-line, and win a corner down the left. The kick is taken and although half-cleared the ball is back in the penalty area, and a shot rebounds out for another corner, this time from the right. This corner kick is comfortably picked out of the air by Paul Strudley.
Stoke continue on the front-foot, and create the next attack of note, as we break from deep in our half and it’s Wilson with a quick one-two passing move that allows him to take the ball to the edge of the penalty area before he drags a shot just past the face of the goal and out for a goal-kick (21 mins).
Then on 26 mins it appears the Uxbridge No.11 Mahlondo Martin has been given a straight red and trudges slowly of the pitch and they are down to ten-men. Still not sure what the actual red-card offence is for.
The game takes a couple of minutes to get back into the flow, and the next attack by Stoke is ruled out for offside.
Then on 31 minutes we break down the right, when the ball finds Ben Cook, who takes it down to the by-line before sending the ball across the face of the goal, where Stefan Brown beats his defender to the ball and slides it past the keeper into the net from two-yards out. GOAL ! Uxbridge 0 – 1 Basingstoke Town 1 (S. Brown 31 mins)
It is Stoke who are back on the attack a few minutes later but the Uxbridge defence is able to hold firm this time.
Uxbridge win a free-kick a few yards outside our penalty area on 38 mins. The kick to the far post is headed clear by Rob Sheridan.
Then on 39 minutes the Stoke favourite chant, “Shoes off if you love the Stoke” rings out behind the goal, and a number of fans oblige.
The game is in the last minute of the first half and Uxbridge win a corner, but Strudley punches clear.
The referee blows the halftime whistle and we go into the break with a deserved comfortable win.
Halftime – Uxbridge 0 v 1 Basingstoke Town
The second-half gets underway and it the home-side win back-to-back corners, but Sheridan heads clear once again.
We make our first change with Lloyd Snell replacing Brody Peart.
Our next attack is on 54 mins, as we break again, but a shot from Wilson flies over the bar for a goal-kick.
Uxbridge have the next few minutes of possession but create very little of note.
Stoke have an attack on 65 minutes, as we break through Simon Dunn, who finds Brown, who finds Cook, who sends the ball into the six-yard area but it is headed clear.
Uxbridge have the next attack of the game, but Cook hooks the ball clear from their cross.
Then on 70 mins we miss yet another chance to double our lead as a cross is missed by their defender and falls to Wilson, who somehow hits the ball straight at the keeper who makes the save.
On 72 minutes Uxbridge then have an attack but the cross is met by their forward who heads high over the bar.
On 74 minutes we make our second change with D’Andre Brown replacing Anton Rodgers.
It’s Uxbridge who have the next attack, and a cross and shot forces Strudley to make a save. Strudley is then forced into another save from a free header from an Uxbridge corner.
Then on 80 minutes we double our lead, as a superb defensive tackle from Sheridan, sends the ball forward, and we break down the left and Wilson sends over cross that finds Snell who side-foots a shot, that the keeper gets a hand to, but is unable to stop it, as the ball rolls over the line GOAL !! Uxbridge 0 – 2 Basingstoke Town 1 (Snell 80 mins)
Stoke are back on the attack a minute later and Wilson goes past two defenders down the left, then cuts inside and hits a right-foot shot that flies high over the bar.
On 85 mins we make our final change with Stefan Brown replaced by Marcio Neves.
Very little to note as we move into injury-time at the end of the game.
There’s still time for one more Uxbridge attack and Strudley save, but then with four minutes of added time, the referee blows the full-time whistle.
Full-time Score: Uxbridge 0 v 2 Basingstoke Town
S. Brown 31 mins, Snell 80 mins
A game that after a number of missed chances we finally deservedly put to bed, but without doubt we were the better team for large parts of the game.
Yes Uxbridge were down to ten men, but the Stoke defence looked solid all game long.
With other results favourable to us we move into fourth place, as both Marlow and Hanwell both slip up.
Reports that Uxbridge’s Mahlondo Martin was given a red card for a headbutt.
We are back on the road as we head back into Surrey to take on 16th placed Tooting & Mitcham Utd next Saturday.
Match Report by martin French..