Monday 22nd April 2019
Royal Wootton Bassett Town's double chasing Sunday team take on FC Walcot in the final of the Swindon Sunday League Knockout Cup at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground this weekend (28th April, 10.30am kick off).
Formed only last season, the Sunday side have enjoyed a great deal of success. They were Swindon Sunday League Division Two champions in 2018-19 and are now two games away from a league and cup double in their second campaign.
FC Walcot are the team standing in the way of Bassett completing the first part when they meet on Sunday.
And their opponents will be aiming to repeat their Knockout Cup success from last year when they defeated Greyhound in the final 4-1.
This year's competition saw Walcot defeat fellow Division One side Penhill United 4-0 in the opening round before a 9-0 triumph against Openwork United set up a last eight encounter with County Cup runners-up Croft Junior.
A semi final place was sealed with a dramatic 4-3 win after extra time before they defeated Greyhound by the odd goal in three to advance to the showpiece.
Bassett's route to the final started with a 4-1 triumph against Highworth Town thanks to goals from Jack Ellis, Sam English, Lewis Petrie and Marcus Hall.
They then thrashed Swindon Waiting Rooms 11-3 in the second round. Danny Hale led the way with four goals, while Ed Herbert (2), Lewis Petrie (2), Aaron Dainton, Mitchell Petrie and Ryan Thomas also scored. Bassett again hit double figures in the quarter finals as nine scorers found the net in a 13-1 thumping of Coleshill United.
Their last four encounter with AFC Mannington was somewhat less straightforward, though goals from Aaron Dainton, Lewis Petrie and Aaron Stevens made sure of a 3-0 victory.
Bassett have the upper hand based on meetings in the league. Hat-tricks from Thomas and Lewis Petrie fired them to a 7-1 win at home. But Walcot, currently fourth in the table, proved a much tougher nut to crack in the return fixture at the end of March as the teams shared six goals, Hale, Hall and Stevens registering for Bassett.
Following the cup final, Bassett complete their campaign on Sunday 5th May when they visit Penhill United – the only team still capable of leapfrogging Bassett to claim top spot. A draw will be enough in that for Bassett to seal the title.Last modified on Monday 22nd April 2019 at 08:52.