Damon York, Roger Frost
Wootton Bassett, returning to league action following their defeat in the Ghia Senior Cup last week, continued their pursuit of the title by defeating a hard working Oldacre side. With the Rylands Way pitch looking in really good condition, Bassett found themselves against the elements in the first half, playing up the slight slope and into a strong wind. This meant that for much of the half they were forced back and were not able to sustain pressure on the Oldacre goal. Looking defensively sound, Bassett were able to limit Oldacre to speculative efforts in the main, indeed it was Comer in the Oldacre goal who was the busiest of the two goalkeepers.
Bassett opened the scoring in the 20th minute when the Oldacre defence contrived to leave York with the simplest of tap ins. Hanrahan came close to increasing the lead shortly after but Comer smothered his shot. Oldacre rallied and almost equalised when Large challenged with Bassett keeper Rees, the latter just clutching the ball as it was about to cross the line. They were further denied an equaliser in the 30th minute by some neat, if illegal, handwork by Johns. Moore received the ball in the box and turned Ackrill superbly. His shot beat Rees but Johns who palmed it over the bar, earning himself a booking in the process. The resultant penalty was struck firmly down the middle by Groom, but Rees, who had dived to his left, managed to get his right foot in the way to keep it out.
The second half saw Bassett gain more control of the match though Oldacre, fielding many Bassett old boys, made a hard fight of it. Although Bassett were pushing forward they were thwarted more than once by Oldacre's offside trap, though once or twice the linesman appeared a little too eager to raise his flag. The Bassett pressure kept the game very much in the Oldacre half but though they forced a number of corners and created a number of half chances, no clear-cut openings were made. However, the pressure did tell in the 70th minute when following a corner, the ball broke to Frost, who shot home ending a rather barren run. Oldacre to their credit did not give up and Johns and Rees had to be alert to clear an Oldacre attack.
The game finished at 2-0 with Bassett pleased to gain another two points. Next week they are at home again, facing Laverstock & Ford, kick-off 3.00pm.
Credit: Paul Harrison
Last modified on Sunday 15th November 2020 at 20:44
Damon York, Roger Frost