Monday Morning Quarterback – Week 18 Upon Further Review
After last weeks home point against playoff Met Police, the team put on a huge display as we won on the road for the fifth time this season at Wimborne Town.
Although the first half had very little highlights, we pinched an equaliser just before the break, scored by new boy Yvan Jourdan with a quick neat individual finish.
The second half produced one of the most attacking performance by us on the road this season as we missed chance after chance before Ben Wright added a second. A very fortunate own goal secured all three points which was then finished off with Sam Argents overhead kick. Sam has been promising to do one all season and it was a lovely round off in front of a noisy Btg behind the goal.
A few fans have commented recently about the lack of game play from Ben Wright, but he has now scored vital goals in the last two matches and one or two against Tiverton would be very much appreciated Ben.
What I did see Saturday was a new attacking formation down the left. Jourdan brings a new look and when he teams up with left-back Adam Everiss and then Sam Smart down the left, Wimborne just couldn’t cope and we pulled them apart for most of the second-half.
Defensively we did well, as we held them for most of the game, but then we still allowed two more goals.
Up next is the Hampshire Snr Cup semi-final at the Camrose against Southampton U23’s on Tuesday night.
Please make every effort to come along and support your team.
Then next Saturday is another vital league game as we entertain Tiverton Town. A win then would go along way in securing our place in the league next season.
Matches Around Our League
League Leaders Weymouth stay two points ahead of Taunton after a convincing 0-3 win at Hartley Wintney in front of a massive 437 fans. Weymouth took the lead on 19 mins after a finish by winger Emmanuel Odubade. Then second-half goals by Benjamin Thomson on 69 minutes and Cameron Murray 73 minutes completed the away win.
Taunton whose form has pushed them back as playoff contenders rather than League Champions were however able to win on the road at Chesham Utd. The Peacocks scored the only goal of the game just before halftime with a goal by Matthew Wright.
Met Police held onto third spot, with a 2-0 home win against Merthyr Town. A goal by Jack Mazzone on the stroke of halftime, was then added by Max Blackmore on 90 minutes.
In fourth remain Salisbury after they were the latest recipients of a game against Staines Town. Salisbury put 7 past them at the Wheatsheaf Park. If pour second-half display was good then Salisbury matched it and then some. The Whites took the lead on 12th minute Daniel Young’s opener before the Swans equalised on 29 min through Matthew Bremford and that was the score at the break. However, the away side then hooked the Swans with goals on 49 mins (Daniel Fitchett), then Matthew Partridge on 69 mins, before a brace by Christopher Shepard on 74 and 78 mins, before Luke Hopper added his own brace on 81 and 86 mins.
The smaller village team Kings Langley did their playoff hopes a major boost as they won on the road at Tiverton 1-2. The Kings took the lead by old boy Jermaine Howe’s 18th minute who broke free from the defence and finished comfortably. However, the home side pulled level just 3 minutes later behind their leading goal-scorer Levi Landricombe, direct from a free-kick. The game was then won in the 79th minute after a good passing move allowed Stephen Ward to slot the ball home and give the Kings a six point advantage in the final playoff slot. The win was even more impressive as their leading goal-scorer Mitchell Weiss again started on the bench. Tiverton’s loss did us a favour and it dropped them to 18th but on the same number of points (45) as Basingstoke.
The Kings challengers and our opponents in two week’s time, Poole Town took the blow of a home loss to relegation strugglers Hendon who scored two late goals to win 0-2. A 79th minute header by Ryan Hope and a 90th minute goal by Ogo Obi were enough to push the visitors up to 15th slot. The other playoff hopefuls Harrow Borough did Stoke a favour with a very late winner (91 mins), at Gosport Borough. The sole goal of the scored by midfielder Frank Keita. Gosport Borough now sit precariously in 20th place and still two points behind Walton Casuals.
Ok, the top of the table now looks like this;
Having covered Staines Town’s and Gosport Borough’s losses, it leaves us 21st place Frome Town who were dealt a body blow in their fight for safety, as they like Gosport lost to a late goal by the visiting team. Frome’s visitors were the vastly improved Farnborough, who took a second minute lead behind Aaron Oakley. Frome hit back on 22 min with a Joseph Low goal and then took the lead in the second half from Rex Mannings. However the Boro equalised just two minutes later from a Connor Cullen goal and then stole all 3 points after an 88th minute penalty conversion by Kurtis Cumberbatch. Frome’s defender Joe Low also saw a straight red card for the penalty incident which means he will miss the next three games, which depending when the ban starts, may mean him missing the visit to the Camrose on the 20th April.
In 19th place sits Walton Casuals after they lost 2-1 on the road at Swindon Supermarine. The Marine scored both their goals in the first half, a Henry Spalding header on 18 mins, followed by another goal by Conor McDonagh, just six minutes later. Walton’s only response was an 81st minute goal by Mahrez Bettache. The Casuals now sit three points behind Tiverton, Wimborne and us.
The remaining game not covered was Dorchester’s home loss to Beaconsfield Town. The Rams dominated the game and took a 37th minute lead behind Aaron Minhas first goal of brace. The visitors then secured the game with a second on 67 mins by Brendan Matthew and Minhas’s second on 71 mins. The home side could only manage an injury-time reply by Thomas Blair. Both teams sit on 47 points and reasonably comfortable in the league.
Going forward I have now increased the relegation table to show the bottom five clubs, however if it continues to keep this close, I may need to add the bottom seven or eight;
|Staines Town (R)||37||4||0||32||12|
Basingstoke Town leading Goal Scorer Chart
With four massive goals at Wimborne including Sam Argent’s overhead kick, Sam now has a Bakers dozen in league goals and the team total now stands at 70.
Sam Argent 13
Dean Stow 9
Sam Deadfield 7
Sam Smart 6
Ben Wright 6
Harry Pearse 5
Zidane Akers 4
Jack McKnight 4 (Eastleigh Town)
Own Goals 4
Manny Williams 2 (Slough Town)
Dan Collier 2
Oliver Harris 2
Callum Bunting 2 (Departed)
Dan Bayliss 2
Shane Hollamby 1
Yvan Jourdan 1
Games This Week
Just two games in our league this week, with one of them a huge concern to Basingstoke Town and the battle at the bottom of the table. The other a battle between the League Leaders and 3rd place.
Frome Town (21st) vs Beaconsfield Town (14th)
An away win by Beaconsfield would probably secure their safety in the league and would be a huge blow for Frome’s survival push. A home loss would also be good for Basingstoke’s survival chance as well.
Weymouth (1st) vs Met Police (3rd)
Your MMQ – Martin French