A dubious penalty decision in the final minute of play gave Bassett three points away to Tuffley as they continued their climb up the table. Matt Bennett put the penalty away as Bassett recorded their second clean sheet in a row.
In the 2nd minute, Bennett had a twenty-yard free kick easily held by Scott Rose. On ten minutes, Lee Flynn denied John Dalton as the Bassett 'keeper easily clung on to the ball.
Neither team was able to create much from then on in the first half as both defences dealt with attacks with relative ease.
In the 31st minute, Kevin Lee hit well wide of the mark following a short Tom Cole free kick.
Flynn made a great save two minutes later to deny Tuffley the lead. Tendai Madume got a foot to a Peter Thomas cross and Flynn reacted quickly to parry the shot away after Madume got in front of marker Rich Willis.
A Bennett corner found Steve Yeardley seven minutes before the break but the glancing header from Yeardley went wide of the mark.
Things failed to liven up in the second half as both teams slugged the match out.
Five minutes after the restart, Dalton headed straight into Flynn's hands before Stewart Fraser was booked for tripping.
Leigh Jones replaced Moses Greene just after the hour mark and Jones came close six minutes after his introduction – firing from the edge of the area but Rose gathered the shot after initially spilling it.
Andy Youngsam was denied with a head in the 72nd minute before Luke Hemming fired over at the other end.
Twenty minutes from time, Dave Tyler had a goal disallowed after he was deemed to be in an offside position, which was a relatively tight, call.
Ben Gascoyne arrived and replaced John Magani with fifteen minutes left before Tuffley were denied a goal.
After Flynn held a David Gibbs shot in the 81st minute, Tuffley attacked again a minute later and Gibbs connected with a Kevin Lee cross but Flynn acrobatically tipped the ball over.
Bassett then brought Paul Patel on for Stu Hemsley with five minutes left before Bassett recorded their third win with a last minute goal.
Leigh Jones was upended in the penalty area and Bennett stood up to take the penalty and fired in. The referee ordered a retake but Bennett coolly slotted the ball away from the outstretched Rose and into the back of the net.
Manager's Man of the Match: Andy Hallett
Scoop's Man of the Match: Andy Hallett – superb all day, controlling his man and dominated in the air.
Scoop Rating: 6/10 – Not the best of performances but a little luck got them three points in the end.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
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