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  1. Basingstoke Town – April 2017 Results League Table After a few months of blinding results, we had an absolute shocker of a month, I suppose it had to come eventually! We lost all 3 matches against sides with playoff ambitions, scrambled a draw against lowly Gloucester before finally picking up three points at Maidstone. This left us a point clear of Oxford City going into the last game, and amazingly a draw against lowly Hayes gave us the title, courtesy of a shock 4-0 thumping that Maidstone dished out to City. Player of the Month And the award this month goes to... nobody! We were so
  2. Basingstoke Town – March 2017 Results League Table The only real test this month was going to come in the first game from Aldershot, one of the many sides chasing us. We managed to scrape through somewhat fortunately thanks to a fluke cross-come-shot and from then on we didn't look back. With six games left and a five point gap over our title rivals, plus a slightly easier run in, I'm starting to feel slowly more confident that we will actually win the title. Player of the Month He's been alternating in the support striker role with a couple of other players, but really showed his wort
  3. Basingstoke Town – February 2017 Results League Table I just keep waiting for the wheels to fall off our wagon this season, but the team just continues to defy me! Three comfortable wins over two relegation threatened sides, as well as one over a fellow promotion chaser helped us to the top of the league for the first time. The Dartford game was crazy, 0-0 at half time was soon turned into a 2-0 advantage by the hour mark, before they somehow discovered how to play football and scored 4 in the space of 15 minutes to lead 4-2 with 75 minutes gone. Jonathan Edwards pulled one back with ten
  4. Absolutely, we're definitely more amazing-stoke than not now! The real problem the club had last season was the previous manager had brought in rubbish players on extortionate wages, once I was able to have a proper squad clearout in the summer it was always going to be easier to get the team playing the way I wanted. Having said that, I wasn't expecting us to be that competitive this season, especially given that I'm still getting to grips with the game.
  5. Basingstoke Town – January 2017 Results League Table To hell with a mid-table finish or even a playoff chase, we're in this to win it now! Our unbeaten run in the league came to an end at Eastbourne, but not before we'd notched up two more highly impressive results against Bishop's Stortford and Oxford City. I wasn't that bothered about the FA Trophy, and going out to higher league Wrexham whilst fielding an entirely different starting XI to the previous game was no shame. We finished as we started, with two wins by a single goal margin to climb yet higher still in the table. Player o
  6. Basingstoke Town – December 2016 Results League Table We really are starting to motor now, again moving up in the table and unbeaten in the league since the end of October. The 6-1 drubbing at home to Swindon in the FA Cup was entirely expected, but we did take the lead before they pegged us back and went in at half time 4-1 down. The attendance and TV revenue was well received however. Two matches that see-sawed back and forth followed, with us prevailing 3-2 on both occasions largely thanks to Jonathan Edwards. We prevailed over playoff chasing rivals Gosport mainly due to an early send
  7. Basingstoke Town – November 2016 Results League Table Another fantastic month, that's three in a row now! We started off by getting one over Dulwich in the FA Cup, our reward for which is a home tie against high-flying Swindon from League 1 at home, which will hopefully bring in a good amount of revenue for the club. The draw with lowly Gloucester was slightly disappointing, especially given that we led twice but couldn't hang on. Whitehawk was the opposite, two down at half time I changed tack and made a double substitution which payed off in style with a last minute winner from Edward
  8. Basingstoke Town – October 2016 Results League Table A decent month by all accounts in which I looked to prioritise a cup run ahead of the league as we seek some much needed cash with our slightly shaky finances. We continued our good form from September with a commanding display against Aldershot, and were unlucky not to snatch three points at Havant despite fielding a weakened team. Kingstonian put up a much braver fight than expected, as did Dulwich, but we rediscovered our form with two good wins over Sutton and Havant, the latter of which send us into the draw for the FA Cup 1st Roun
  9. Yeah the new players definitely took a little while to get used to the tactics, but they appear to be settling in well now
  10. Basingstoke Town – September 2016 Results League Table Aside from the poor showing at Dorchester, we were excellent this month and finally started to find our range. The win over Hendon demonstrated that we have the ability to put struggling teams away, which we lacked last season. However it was probably the 1-1 draw against a very strong Maidenhead outfit that pleased me the most, not letting our heads drop when we went a goal down, with the back four looking very secure. I imagine Maidenhead will be right up there come the end of the season, so that gives me a good indication of where
  11. Basingstoke Town – Pre-Season & August 2016 Pre-Season Results A real mixed bag, as to be expected with a squad of players that included numerous new signings and trialists. New Signings Charlie Smith – With Harper getting on a little, it was imperative to bring in some young talent. Dymon Labonne – A winger who should provide McAuley with some healthy competition. Jonathan Edwards – With Thompson-Lee unwilling to return to the club, this is the man I’ve brought in to score the goals. Robbie Cundy – I shipped out a lot of central defenders over the summer, hopefully he can be
  12. Basingstoke Town – 2015/16 Season Review I took charge with just over half the season remaining and inherited a decent squad on a poor run of form, with a few additions I was confident that we could avoid relegation and perhaps even push for a mid-table spot. League Table – We were in a real rut until February, the initial loanees didn’t produce the goods and I struggled to find the right formation, but we secured safety largely thanks to a terrific run in March. FA Cup – This happened before I took charge. FA Trophy – The two first round games against National League Woking were my first
  13. Thanks all, I was pretty resigned to relegation when we were 12 points adrift with just over 2 months of the season left, but thankfully the tactics and players started to click just in time! I've signed a contract extension at Basingstoke for another season, I think this could provide a good springboard for next season, and possibly to greater things
  14. Basingstoke Town – April 2016 With an increasingly small gap to 19th place and survival, this was set out to be a tense month, and so it proved… Results History suggests that the target for survival in the National League North/South is anywhere between 40 and 50 points, season-depending. Victory over Concord Rangers continued our fantastic form from March, whilst all but confirming their relegation. A week later we demolished Weston-super-Mare at home, moving to 42 points and climbing out of the relegation zone for the first time since September. But then we came crashing back down to e
  15. Basingstoke Town – March 2016 Results League Table Well I asked for 10 points from five games this month, and I certainly got the response I was looking for! The tactics finally started to click and we rattled off the wins, the most impressive being the home win over high-flying Oxford City, coming back from 2-0 down with three goals in the last fifteen minutes. I was concerned that two games in three days against playoff chasing opposition might stretch us too far, but we never looked like losing to Gosport, scoring twice early on to seal a remarkable 13 points from a possible 15 in Ma
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