FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round 29th November 2014
Basingstoke Town FC 1 – 0 Whitehawk FC
Does ‘disappointed’ sum it up?
“I thought we dominated the match from start to finish today and were the better team throughout.
We were the better team with 11 men.
We were the better team with 10 men.
And … We were the better team with 9 men” …. Steve King
In truth Basingstoke couldn’t get near the ball for long periods even when Whitehawk had gone down to 9 men. The home side were hanging on at the final whistle, but they’ll go into the next round.
Just before that final whistle, Jake Robinson had shot across the home keeper and only narrowly past the far post. That’s the sort of goal that Robinson has been scoring lately and perhaps summed up the day.
This was as dominant as the Chelmsford display … but without the goals!!!!
“Refereeing decisions played an important part.” … Steve King
In fact the home keeper should have been sent off after about 15 minutes, when he raced out of his goal and forced Jake Robinson to hurdle him to avoid injury – that would have changed the game. Basingstoke would have been down to ten men with no goal keeper!
On 38 minutes a mix up between Whitehawk’s centre backs saw Chris Flood given a free view of the goal which he scored from.
“We ended up with 9 men – how did you see the red cards?”
“Gerardo Bruna (already on a yellow) was horrified to be given a foul against when the Basingstoke player has clearly slipped over. In his disappointment he kicked the ball away … 2nd yellow.”
Everybody in the ground saw that the home player simply slipped over. JP Kissocks red was for a foul and his second yellow card.
Just before JP’s sending off Chris Flood should have been sent off for a dangerous studs up tackle on Nick Arnold, how he only got a yellow card was astonishing, considering what the ref had been doing all game.
Even so, I think most will agree that a replay would have been the least that the we deserved as Basingstoke spent much of the game chasing the ball.
Jake Robinson hit the inside of the post twice and Sam Deering also hit the upright to add to the agony.
“I’m very proud of the players and the performance and I’ve told them so. Even when we were down to 9 players Basingstoke were hanging on for dear life. A small consolation to hear the honesty from their mangement apologising for their victory, such was our dominance today.”