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Basingstoke Town Ladies share spoils with Aldershot
THE points were shared on Sunday as the Basingstoke Town Ladies drew 2-2 with visiting Aldershot Town in the Sothern League Premier Division.
Basingstoke went close early on as Lianne Hill fired in a cross which was headed just over by Sian Wylie.
Then they took the lead in the sixth minute as a long throw in by Wylie was met by Ayala Truelove, who somehow managed to slip the ball just inside the near post.
Basingstoke maintained control of the game and almost increased their lead on 20 minutes as Wylie shot inches wide of the upright after some good work from Josette Pearmine.
Aldershot then equalised on 25 minutes as Truelove slipped while under pressure, leaving the Amy-Louise Hubbort free and in on goal.
Aldershot were now the better side and had two more chances to take the lead before the interval one of which saw Erin Davis make a good save.
The second-half started with a bang and Basingstoke were caught napping on 47 minutes as Katrina Noemi gave Aldershot took the lead.
Basingstoke re-grouped and set about restoring the parity. Two minutes later and Alice Weaving hit a speculative effort from 35 yards and was unfortunate to see it just go over the crossbar.
Basingstoke’s first change saw Charlotte May replaced by Katie Randell.
The impact was almost immediate when Randell hit a high ball into the opposition’s penalty box.
The high bounce deceived the out rushing goalkeeper who saw it go over her head, leaving a relatively easy chance for Tracy Jones to slot home from four yards out to make it 2-2.
The home side came looking for a winner and on 58 minutes, Weaving had her 25 yard effort saved by the visiting goalkeeper.
Then Basingstoke were thanking their ’keeper Davis, who saved brilliantly from a very close range header, following an Aldershot corner.
Basingstoke almost won the game in the dying minutes when Wylie headed just wide after a neat cross from Lianne Hill and then Hill herself shot over the bar after a through ball from Lindsey Beverley.
Report by Dave Stevens