Bassett to host Highworth in County Cup quarter finals

Friday 24 November 2017 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 24 November 2017 at 08:50)

Royal Wootton Bassett Town have been handed a home tie against near neighbours and Hellenic League Premier Division rivals Highworth Town in the quarter finals of the Wiltshire Senior Cup.

The tie will take place on Wednesday 13th December at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground (7.45pm kick off).

The game will mark a noted step up in the level of competition Bassett have faced in this year's edition of the County Cup, having progressed to the last eight thanks to a pair of wins against Wiltshire League opponents in the form of Cricklade Town and Trowbridge Town.

Nevertheless, Rich Hunter's side will be hoping to pull off what would arguably be an upset victory given the impressive start Highworth have made to their league campaign, and reach the club's first Senior Cup semi-final since 2008-09.

Highworth, six times cup winners – most recently in 2014-15 – and runners-up to Swindon Supermarine last season, have reached the quarter-final stage by virtue of a last gasp away victory against Downton and a walkover against Laverstock and Ford.

It promises to be an intriguing, competitive encounter, and will be the first of two derbies in the space of a fortnight, with Highworth set to visit for the return league fixture on Boxing Day.

The Worthians battled back from a half time deficit to win 3-2 against nine-man Bassett in this season's first league clash between the teams in August.

Not since a semi-final tie in 1995-96, which Highworth won 3-1, have they faced each other in the Senior Cup. The season before that, Bassett prevailed 4-3 in the first round, while also winning 2-1 at the same stage in 1992-93.

The remaining ties in the Senior Cup quarter finals see an all-Chippenham derby between Chippenham Town and Chippenham Park, the last remaining Wiltshire League side Bremhill entertaining Bemerton Heath Harlequins and Westbury United hosting Salisbury.

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