Floodlit Cup offers no salvation as struggles continue

Tuesday 10 September 2019 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 10 September 2019 at 21:51)

Royal Wootton Bassett Town were eliminated in the first round of the Banbury Litho Floodlit Cup after a 3-1 defeat against Malvern Town.

Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, 10th September 2019

The Floodlit Cup is often seen by managers within the Hellenic League as something of an unwelcome distraction. After the disappointing start Royal Wootton Bassett Town have endured to their 2019-20 season, the competition arguably took on a different edge, a possible route to salvage some confidence with a league win still elusive.

However, that was not to be as Sam Collier's side were eliminated by Malvern Town, the Division One West newcomers - who, unlike Bassett, have hit the ground running - running out deserved 3-1 winners.

They made a quick start, going ahead after six minutes as George Hayes curled a left footed shot from outside the area beyond the reach of Declan Lehmann.

Bassett levelled shortly before half time though, Melksham Town loanee Andy Sandell producing a cool turn before producing a composed side-foot finish.

Malvern almost restored their lead in the opening minute of the second half, but Matthew Turner was denied by Lehmann before the resulting corner led to a chance that was cleared off the line.

However, Ethan Moran eventually put them ahead with a fine individual effort, twisting his way through the Bassett defence before finding the far corner.

Youngster Morgan Skidmore then made certain of the outcome in the game's final minute.

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