Vets through to People's Cup semi finals
Saturday 24 February 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 24 February 2018 at 20:26)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town Veterans advanced to the regional semi finals of the FA's People Cup after finishing runners-up in the first round event held at the Swindon Link Centre.
In its fourth season of running, the five-a-side competition, which covers eighteen categories and is open for all to enter, takes place over three rounds, with the finals taking place at St George's Park.
And Bassett's Vets side are now tantalisingly close to reaching the final.
They booked their place in the semi final after winning four, drawing one and losing just a single group game. Beginning with a 3-0 victory over Happy Mondays thanks to goals from Steve Shaw, Gavin Cook and Carl Johnson, they were held to a 2-2 draw in their second match as Shaw notched a brace.
Adam Cinquegrani and Shaw scored to seal a narrow 2-1 triumph, which was followed by an agonising defeat by the same score in a game which saw Martin Ohrland give Bassett the lead.
Progression to the knockout stages was then confirmed with 4-1 and 3-2 triumphs. In the penultimate group match, Ohrland scored twice with Shaw and Cinquegrani also on target. Earning victory in the final group contest were Shaw (2) and Cinquegrani.
An Ohrland brace sealed victory by the odd goal in three to book his team's place in the final, which was lost by the same score despite Bassett having taken the lead through Cook.
The regional semi finals take place over the weekend of the 24th and 25th March.