Under 18 Blues book Youth Cup final place
Sunday 24 February 2019 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 24 February 2019 at 17:02)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town Under 18 Blue secured a place in the Wiltshire Youth Cup final courtesy of a nail-biting 3-2 victory against Stratton Juniors Pumas in a semi-final thriller.
Charlie McCuish's brace and a Bailey Gallagher goal proved enough to see off the North Wilts League Division Two leaders.
Bassett will now face Chippenham Town in the final after they defeated FC Chippenham Youth 2-0.
The Blues are the only the third team in the club's history to reach the Youth Cup showpiece. And they will be aiming to become the first team to lift the trophy after Bassett finished as losing finalists in 2004-05 and 2010-11.
Elsewhere this weekend, there were important league victories for the Under 13 and 16 Yellow teams.
The Under 13 Yellows defeated AFC Newbury White by the odd goal in five courtesy of two goals from Patrick Otoo-Mensah and a strike from Deniz McGeachie.
After neither side was able to break the deadlock in the opening period, both teams having squandered good opportunities, there was a flurry of goals in the second half. And Bassett wound up coming out on top.
They had some outstanding defending to thank too, with a fine save from 'keeper Joshua Moore and Toby Tew's goalline clearance helping preserve the win.
With one game left to play, Bassett sit fifth in North Wilts League Division Two, just three points behind the current occupants of second place Malmesbury Youth. They are unable to finish second, but can still finish as high as third should other results go their way.
Meanwhile, the Under 16 Yellows climbed a place in Division Two with a convincing 4-1 triumph against Lydiard Millicent Juniors.
Tom Warren moved to the top of the team's scoring charts as he netted twice, with Cameron Wootten and Adam Jones completing scoring.
With two games left to play, they have their sights set on a third place finish.
After a lengthy break, the Under 18 Yellows returned to action with a loss against Croft Junior Blue. Jack Coward scored what proved to be a consolation goal in a 4-1 defeat.
The Under 13 Blues were beaten 4-2 in an entertaining contest against Cirencester Town Centurions.
The Under 13 Whites (2-10 against Ferndale Rodbourne Rebels), Under 12 Blues (0-7 against Swindon Supermarine Giants) and Under 12 Yellows (2-8 against Pewsey Vale Youth) all suffered heavy losses.