Youth section pair gear up for Cup semi finals
Wednesday 21 March 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 21 March 2018 at 20:25)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town's Under 18 Yellow and Under 15 Blue teams are aiming to book a County Ground place as they face the prospect of semi-finals in the North Wilts League Cup this weekend.
The elder of the two sides will need to pull off an upset to book their final place as they square off against Division One FC Chippenham Youth.
But Bassett, who ply their trade in Division Two, have already knocked out higher division opposition on their journey to the last four.
After defeating Avonvale United 2-0 in the opening round, Bassett were imperious in their 9-2 thumping of AFC Newbury Colts, Chippenham's league rival. That set up a quarter final date with Tetbury Town, which Bassett edged by the odd goal in three.
Chippenham received a bye in the opening round before defeating Stratton Juniors 5-1. Their reward was a tie against Liden Community in the last eight, which they comfortably won 13-3.
The teams meet at 1.45pm at Beversbrook, with the winners set to face Fairford and Lechlade or Ashton Keynes Youth in the final.
The Under 15 Blues, winners of the competition in two of the past three seasons, have the added incentive of keeping their treble dream alive. Firmly in the mix at the top of North Wilts League Division, they are also in the last four of the Wiltshire County Cup where they will face Trowbridge Town Youth Lions in the middle of April.
It's more familiar opposition on Sunday in the league knockout cup though, as they take on league rivals Highworth Town Juniors T.
Highworth are the only team to beat Bassett so far this season, recording a 3-2 triumph in their opening league meeting in October.
Since then though Bassett have been in fine form in front of goal, while at the other end of the pitch they have conceded just three times.
Bassett' cup run began with a comfortable 4-0 win against Malmesbury Youth Tornadoes. Fellow Division One outfit FC Calne were then thumped 7-0 before Castle Combe Colts were seen off 8-1.
Highworth, currently sitting a place below Bassett in the league, began with a narrow win by the odd goal in seven against Wanborough Juniors Black. Their 16-0 second round victory against FC Abbey Meads Rangers was much routine, while they beat Division Three promotion hopefuls Stratton Youth 3-1 in the last eight.
Kick off for their tie at Beversbrook is 3.45pm, with the victors progressing to face Swindon Supermarine R or Cirencester Town in the showpiece.
Best of luck to the Bassett teams – here's hoping they both advance to the final!