I RECENTLY saw Basingstoke Town play at Hitchin. I was as a little surprised to hear they had turned pro.  Basingstoke is a sizeable town of more than 100,000 people, which makes it comparable to a handful of Football League locations. You would assume there’s upside potential. In April this year, the club announced that it would be going “full-time” with effect from 2016-17 with the aim of recruiting the best young players released by Football League clubs in the south of England. Quite what this really means is anyone’s guess, but given that over the past decade, Basingstoke have averaged gates of 460, it does make you wonder how such a commitment can be sustained at step three of the non-league pyramid. At…