Bohane heads Bassett to victory

Tuesday 30 October 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 30 October 2018 at 22:01)

Goals from Steve Yeardley and TJ Bohane secured a return to winning ways for Royal Wootton Bassett Town as they defeated Virginia Water 2-1.

Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, 30th October 2018

TJ Bohane's powerful 54th minute header proved to be the difference as Royal Wootton Bassett Town recorded a narrow 2-1 victory against Virginia Water.

The forward rose highest to connect perfectly with Dale Richards' cross and deliver a header that was not going to be kept out.

And ultimately it would provide three valuable points for Sam Collier's team, who move up to fourth in the Hellenic League Premier Division table.

The game itself was a tight, entertaining affair. Early on both teams cancelled each other out - a far cry from their meeting in Berkshire in September when Bassett flew out of the gates only to spurn a number of fantastic chances on their way to a frustrating 2-0 defeat.

Bassett would eventually have the first great opportunity of this meeting too when Steve Yeardley's header crashed off the post. Almost immediately, the Waters came close at the other end only to be kept out by Charlie McCready's fantastic one-handed save.

The hosts then took the lead seven minutes before the break. The ever-dangerous Rob Lincoln passed inside for an onrushing Yeardley, and the experienced campaigner - now two games off 500 appearances for Bassett - produced a great finish for his second goal of the season, and 77th overall for the club.

Virginia Water were level two minutes later though. McCready did well to keep out the initial effort following a dangerous corner, but the 'keeper could do little to prevent Adam McNamara firing home the rebound.

With the game finely poised at half time, Bassett would make the decisive break early after the restart as Bohane reached nine goals for the season with his pin-point headed effort.

There were chances to extend the lead too. Lincoln blazed over with an open goal at his mercy before Bohane came within inches of scoring a second header.

Surviving a late scare when the visitors put over a free kick from the edge of the box, Bassett would secure the points - and set up a chance to finish their five game homestand with three wins should they triumph against struggling Abingdon United on Saturday.

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