An Anthony Akers header in the middle of the first half ended Wootton Bassett Town's good run of form as Chipping Norton Town prevailed 1-0 victors.
After wins over Henley Town and Tuffley Rovers, Bassett faced a much tougher task as Tim Fowler brought his Chipping Norton side into Rylands Way.
On eight minutes, the away side had the first chance of the match as Rob Hopkins nearly put the away side in front as he and Lee Flynn had a mix up and the Bassett defender headed just wide from an Andrew Helby cross.
A mistake at the other end from 'keeper Ewan Prentice gave Bassett a good chance to take the lead but Andy Youngsam struck over an open goal after John Magani laid it off to him.
Ben Gascoyne – who had arrived on time for a change – had a twenty yard effort saved by Prentice in the 19th minute before Gary Wilson struck straight at Lee Flynn three minutes later at the other end.
The visitors took the lead in the 28th minute as Bassett again failed to defend a set piece. Wilson swung in a cross and Akers connected with it at the far post to nod the ball in after Flynn failed to collect the outswinging corner.
Nine minutes from the break, Gascoyne came close again but Prentice pounced and gathered his shot with ease. Prentice kept out Matt Bennett two minutes later after Bennett failed to convert a promising run.
After the break, Bassett began to put their opponents under pressure but to no avail.
Lee Morse struck just over in the 49th minute after the Chipping Norton defence failed to clear a Morse free kick.
Bassett should have levelled up four minutes later as Chris Mills played a good through ball to John Magani who fired the ball across goal but no one was there to add the final touch and put the ball away.
Steve Yeardley fired wide of the mark in the 57th minute after Youngsam played it back to the Bassett defender.
Just after the hour mark, Jamie Clarke came close for Chipping Norton as Flynn held his 25-yard effort.
Youngsam nearly headed Bassett level in the 67th minute as he raced to the ball ahead of Prentice following a Rob Hopkins ball. Prentice and Youngsam then collided which should have led to a Bassett penalty but the referee waved play on.
Bassett made a double change with fourteen minutes left as Moses Green and Carl Taylor replaced Chris Mills and Magani.
Both teams put pressure on each other late on but neither was able to capitalise in front of goal.
Another Bassett chance went begging in injury time as Matt Bennett squared the ball across goal but again no one was there to add the final touch.
Promising news for Bassett was that Steve "Witney" Bunting was in attendance as Bassett look to snap him back up.
Scoop's Man of the Match: Chris Mills – showed poise on the ball and a good first touch. Distributed the ball well all night.
Scoop Rating: 6/10 – Lack of urgency in the final moments and lack of finish up front cost Bassett but they put in a solid performance.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
Last modified on Friday 11th September 2020 at 09:41