Turnaround topples league leaders
Sunday 04 February 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 04 February 2018 at 22:26)
An outstanding comeback from a goal down to win 3-1 saw Royal Wootton Bassett Town Under 12 Yellows topple league leaders Ramsbury Youth and cut the gap between the two teams to just three points.
A brace from leading scorer Patrick Otoo-Mensah - both of his goals being quality efforts - and an own goal saw Bassett to victory, but it took an ultimate team effort to get there.
Bassett 'keeper Joshua Moore was man of the match, making a number of fine saves to deny Ramsbury, while his team's performance saw them play a brand of attractive football which, combined with their sporting attitude, drew the praise of the opposition manager.
It's now five wins in a row for the Yellow team - a streak that has seen them concede just twice. And a win in the game in hand that they hold will see them earn a share of top spot with Ramsbury in North Wilts League Division Four.
Five other teams enjoyed outstanding victories this weekend.
The Under 16 Blues racked up seven goals in a dominant away win against Stratton Youth, who could manage just one in reply. James Young led the way for Bassett with a hat-trick, while Michael Christmas-Boulton, Benjamin Evans, Joseph Price and Sam Singha.
Joining them among the goals were the Under 15 Blue and Under 13 Blue sides.
The elder of the two put up four without reply in a 4-0 Wiltshire Cup quarter final tie against North Wilts League Division One title rivals Swindon Supermarine R.
Playing away from home made the tie even tougher. But Bassett rose to the occasion, earning a semi-final spot thanks to goals from Nathaniel Bell, Landon Golding, Jack Langcaster and Daniel Warre.
While there's still a long way to go, the side are still in with a great shot at earning a league and cup treble.
The Under 13 Blues, meanwhile, continued their march towards the Division Two title, thrashing Fairford and Lechlade 9-3. Joshua Griffin was the team's hat-trick hero, being supported by braces from Michael Clifton, Oliver Dyer and Joey Warren.
Their lead now stands at eighteen points with seven games to go.
Also topping the table are the Under 15 Yellows, though they are still engaged in a tight battle in Division Three. Their cause was helped by a solid 3-0 triumph at home against Cricklade Youth.
The Under 18 Blues were victors this weekend too, grabbing a win by the narrowest of margins against AFC Newbury Colts that draws them within a point of Division One leaders Malmesbury Victoria Youth.
A high-scoring affair between the Under 12 Blue team and Swindon Supermarine finished 3-3 and also saw Bassett end a three-game losing streak. Scoring for Bassett were Harvey Fulton and Alec Gawthropp.
Elsewhere, the Under 18 Yellows suffered a heart-breaking defeat following a heroic comeback against Brinkworth Cats. Bassett found themselves facing a heavy defeat as Brinkworth raced into a 5-1 advantage.
But demonstrating supreme character, Bassett fought back to level, their goals coming from Aaron Griffiths (2), Luke Saunders (2) and Euan Burke. However, a last minute goal gave Brinkworth a 6-5 win in an amazing game of football.
There were also defeats for the Under 14 Yellows (6-2 against South Cerney with goals from Jacob Jameison and Daniel Seal), Under 13 Yellows (7-0 against Lydiard Millicent Juniors), Under 12 Girls (4-1 against Derry Hill United Flames, with Poppy Wannell scoring a consolation) and Under 12 Whites (3-1 against Fairford and Lechlade Saxons