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!

Recent Headlines

This week

Free Saturday Skills Sessions (19/10)

More county success for youth section girls! (19/10)

Late goal denies Bassett in cup cracker (16/10)

This month

Cup hat-trick (14/10)

Ladies back to winning ways (14/10)

Clinical Bassett cut down City (13/10)

Blues win the battle of Bassett (07/10)

Ladies sputter in Spitfires loss (07/10)

Girl Power (07/10)

Development team management change (07/10)

Lack of discipline comes back to bite Bassett again (06/10)

Highway to Holland (03/10)

Vale of the White Horse League: 120 years on (01/10)


Under 15 Blues see off reigning champs (30/09)

Lyons hat-trick helps Ladies roar to victory (30/09)

Late barrage brings heavy cup defeat (29/09)

Hook Street Band live at RWBSA (26/09)

Youth section fundraising (25/09)

Youth quartet up for the Cup (23/09)

Ladies cruise into County Cup quarter finals (23/09)

Bassett frustrate Saints to collect valuable point (22/09)

Soccer Skills Academy October Holiday Camp (19/09)

Storming comeback seals win (18/09)

Under 13 Whites at the double (16/09)

Bassett receive a Vase Bash-ing (15/09)

Bassett set for Vase Bash (12/09)

Blunt-edged Bassett punished for lack of killer instinct (11/09)

Under 12 Blues smash a six in competitive debut (09/09)

Wasps’ late sting ends Bassett’s Women’s FA Cup hopes (09/09)

Youth section administrative support sought (09/09)

August Player of the Month - Brad Pagliaroli (09/09)

Bassett beat bogey side (08/09)

Ten man Bassett suffer agonising exit in cup thriller (04/09)

Free Saturday Skills Sessions to resume (02/09)

County call for Development team trio (02/09)

Royal revenge (01/09)

Ladies aim high ahead of new campaign (30/08)

Lymington trip the prize if Bassett can overcome Lydney (28/08)

Profligate Bassett pay the penalty in derby defeat (27/08)

Cagey cup tie ends in stalemate (25/08)

Bassett face Lydney in FA Cup clash (22/08)

Goals galore, but again Bassett fall short of victory (21/08)

Furious Windsor comeback stuns Bassett (18/08)

Sunday side set for Division One challenge (17/08)

Bassett succumb to classy Cleeve (14/08)

Free Saturday Skills Sessions scoop prestigious Grassroots Award (13/08)

Ten-man Bassett battle to FA Cup victory (11/08)

Richards stunner proves the difference in tense derby (07/08)

Super six seals perfect start (04/08)

Bassett handed away tie in FA Women’s Cup (03/08)