Celebrating success: North Wilts League U12 Division Four champions
Tuesday 29 May 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 29 May 2018 at 20:07)
With the 2017-18 season now complete for all of our teams, we take a look at our sides achieving honours this year. We start with the Under 12 Yellows, who sealed the North Wilts League Division Four title in a playoff following a thrilling three-team title race.
North Wilts League Under 12 Division Four champions 2017-18
The hunt for the 2017-18 North Wilts League Division Four title was a thrilling three-horse race right until the end. And, eventually, it would be Royal Wootton Bassett Town Yellow who finished top of the tree after they defeated Ramsbury Youth 5-1 in a playoff.
Lydiard Youth Spartans had also been in the running, but defeat in their final game against Ramsbury meant they were consigned to third. That result still left open the door for Bassett though, and, with Alana Hunt's hat-trick leading the way, they saw off Croft Junior Red 6-3 in their last fixture to force a deciding match.
In that contest, Bassett proved too strong for Ramsbury. They may have ended tied on points, but Patrick Otoo-Mensah's hat trick, Samuel Watson's lone strike, an own goal and a fine defensive display meant it was Bassett who would end up lifting the trophy.
That attacking strength had been on show all season for Bassett. Indeed, they found the net thirty times in their opening five games. They began with a 6-0 triumph against FC Chippenham Youth Trojans before putting seven without reply past Croft Red. Against Cirencester Town Gladiators the Yellows conceded their first goal, but six of their own sealed the points. An eight-goal thriller then ensued against Lydiard Youth, but Bassett prevailed 5-3 before Stratton Juniors Tigers were beaten 6-1.
A brief blip followed. Otoo-Mensah scored Bassett's only goal in a draw against Stratton Juniors Bears while Ramsbury defeated Bassett 5-1 at home.
However, the Yellows bounced back in style, winning five straight. That stretch began with a 9-0 thrashing of Lydiard Millicent Juniors. They then beat Stratton Youth Blue 6-1, Lydiard Youth 4-0, Stratton Juniors Bears 2-0 and, importantly, Ramsbury 3-1.
That left Bassett in great position. They trailed Ramsbury by three points, but had a game in hand, and were one ahead of Lydiard Youth. But, adding excitement to the run in, the Yellows lost 1-0 away against Cirencester, tightening things up completely.
Again though, defeat was followed by a superb resurgence. Otoo-Mensah (3), Harry Measor (3), Nalani Hunt (2), Jack Andrews, Toby Tew and Watson were on target in a 11-0 blitz of FC Chippenham Youth. The Yellows then racked up ten without reply against Lydiard Millicent.
Following that, Stratton Youth were seen off 7-3. Then in their penultimate game, Stratton Juniors were seen off 4-1 before the win against Croft made a playoff necessary.
And that would finish in Bassett's favour too.