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‘Stoke Sail Past Navy – Basingstoke Town Football Club


Basingstoke safely navigated their way through to the third round of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 5-0 victory over the Royal Navy. Five different players got their names on the scoresheet in a comfortable night at the Winklebury Football Complex.

Youngster Brody Peart was the difference in the first half as his set pieces provided two goals while Paul Strudley made key saves at the other end. Strudley has already produced a fine fingertip save to keep out a rasping long range effort before Peart’s first corner led to a scramble which was ended by Ezio Touray’s decisive touch on 8 minutes.

The trailing boot of Strudley prevented a Navy equaliser after a loose pass freed Gary Hird to shoot and he got across his goal well to parry Sanchez Jansz-Baker’s well-taken effort. For Basingstoke, another Peart corner was met by a diving header from Billy Upton to double ‘Stoke’s lead.

Basingstoke stepped things up a gear in the second and ran away with the tie. Upton headed another corner narrowly wide, but the third goal did arrive soon after as Wimbledon loanee Ben Mason latched onto Callum Winchcombe’s well-placed ball in behind and finished calmly passed Dane Rigby.

Town had a strong grip on the second half, Brad Wilson sent efforts narrowly wide of each post before delivering the final pass of a lovely team move, a low cross that picked out George Reid for an easy tap in on the hour mark.

The scoring was finally complete with seven minutes to go as the returning Shaun Dallimore made the most of a goalkeeping error to nudge the loose ball into an empty net following a free kick, marking his first Basingstoke appearance in a full year with his side’s fifth goal to round off a successful night.


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