Sam Deadfield’s goal in the first half was not enough for a tired Basingstoke in the local derby.
Hartley Wintney were the better side as they strolled to victory on a cold and wet Tuesday night.
It was not a good start for the home side as Romario Hart put Hartley Wintney ahead after a defensive mix up just six minutes into the game.
Ben Wright had the first big chance for the home side as Jack McKnight’s cross found the forward in space in the box, but his shot was over.
Then Sam Argent was one on one with the keeper after a glorious ball from Dean Stow, but the striker’s low effort was saved well.
The Dragons put together some quick and clever build up play on the oppositions area when the ball found its way out to Stow who’s shot was saved well again.
Deadfield equalised after Wright’s strong effort squirmed under the keeper and was poked in just around the post to level the scores.
McKnight then had a striker from 35 yards which flew just over the crossbar.
HALF TIME 1-1
First chance of the second half came to Argent after a tidy one two with McKnight on the edge of the area and once again the keeper got the better of the forward.
Another defensive mix up lead to substitute Ross Cook putting the away side in the lead, it was a close call as to if he was offside but the forward was given the benefit of the doubt.
Rob Gerrard came close to an equaliser as he forced a good save from the ever busy Adam Desbois.
The game was wrapped up as Louie Paget’s long-range strike was deflected past Colm McAdden.
The final whistle confirmed a deserved win for the Row after a sparkling performance. Basingstoke were good in parts; especially in midfield; but overall seemed to struggle with the desire of the villagers.
FULL TIME Basingstoke 1- Hartley Wintney 3.
Dan Turkington was thrilled at the result: “We are delighted and really proud of our team, they had a clear plan and they executed it well. It is always good to win a local derby and the entire team plus substitutes played well with a good crafted display. We were all delighted that Romario Hart got his first goal for the club. All in all, a great night for the Row.”