Wootton Bassett Reserves re-commenced their Div 3 league programme following the Christmas and New Year break by travelling to Pewsey. On a pitch made difficult recent heavy rains, Bassett settled well and really took command of the game with Jell and Davies playing particularly well in midfield, by never giving the Pewsey midfield chance to settle on the ball. And any ventures into the Bassett half by Pewsey were dealt with by the Bassett back four, where Burke in particular played well. The constant pressure by Bassett in the first 40 minutes of the game should have produced goals with Karn and Thomas going close, and Burke, who was unlucky to have a powerful header cleared off the line following one of many corners to Bassett. With just under 10 minutes of the first half to go, the ball was won in midfield by Bassett and a very good pass found Thomas which beat the offside trap. He advanced on goal but had his first shot smothered by the Pewsey keeper, but was lucky to get a rebound which he was able to fire into the net to give Bassett the lead 1-0. With less than three minutes of the first half to go , slack marking and lack of concentration allowed Pewsey to advance. Following some good play, the young Pewsey forward beat Twine in the Bassett goal with a well taken powerful shot to level the score at 1-1.
The second half was much the same as teh first with Bassett applying a lot of pressure but not being able to capitalise. Pewsey made occasional runs into the Bassett half, although neither side really looked like scoring. As the half progressed, Bassett created a few chances and at one point had six consecutive corners as they strived to get the winning goal. With 20 minutes to go, a good ball from the Bassett right saw Bell score what would have been the best goal of the game with a spectacular diving header. But it was disallowed as Bell was adjudged to have been offside, so the score remained at 1-1. Pewsey got into the game in the last 15 minutes and at times some panic defending by Bassett was necessary to prevent Pewsey from snatching a late winner, but Bassett held out until the final whistle. Not really a bad display by Bassett Reserves on a very heavy pitch, but once again they surrendered a lead in a game which they had in general dominated. In recent games they have survived this type of lapse, but if they are to maintain their high placing in Div 3, they must work harder as a team and not surrender leads through poor marking and lack of concentration.
Last modified on Tuesday 17th November 2020 at 21:31