Wootton Bassett Town continued their poor run of form as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Milton United as both sides scrapped out a disappointing match.
Bassett had the better of their opponents early on but Milton had the first shot of the game as Andy Chilvers hit over from twenty yards on three minutes.
Bassett had a great chance go begging thanks to some good Milton defending eight minutes later, as Dave Tyler connected with a Matt Bennett corner with a glancing head but the shot was headed away off the line.
On 14 minutes, Steve Bunting had a half chance as he struck wide from thirty yards as both sides scrapped it out in unconventional conditions.
A twenty five yard effort by Ben Gascoyne was saved thirteen minutes before half time and Stu Hemsley did no better a minute later after Andy Youngsam squared the ball to him and Hemsley had his shot well saved by Gareth Walker, failing to put away a great chance for the home side.
Matt Bennett struck wide from eighteen yards in the 36th minute after Youngsam laid the ball off to him. Ten minutes later, Walker easily held a free kick from Bennett as Bassett continued in failing to put away good chances.
Two minutes after the restart, Craig Antcliffe struck well wide from twenty yards after good build up from Chilvers and Patrick Malone.
Stu Hemsley was then booked for persistent fouling in the 48th minute.
On 50 minutes, Rob Powell had a one-on-one chance with Chris Mills go begging as Mills tipped away a poor shot.
Stu Hemsley hit wide for Bassett in the 64th minute after receiving a Steve Bunting ball before Milton were given another good chance but wasted it.
Bassett gave away a free kick and Milton quickly countered with Chilvers leading the way and he slotted substitute John Pearce in behind the Bassett defence but Pearce's shot went wide.
In the 71st minute, Bassett made a double change bringing Mick Byrne and Tom Messenger on in place of Hemsley and Youngsam.
Byrne came close four minutes after his introduction as he latched onto a deep ball from Paul Patel but Byrne's attempt from twenty yards was well held by Walker.
On 73 minutes, Tyler rose above the Milton defence but his head went wide after a Patel free kick before Garry Hartley did well to muster a shot after taking it round two at the other end but Mills held onto the ball.
Moses Greene replaced Bunting fourteen minutes from time but didn't have the desired effect as the away side nearly stole the game six minutes from the end as Paul Patel bundled a Chilvers shot from the edge of the area off the line as Bassett failed to clear from a Malone corner.
Scoop's Man of the Match: Paul Patel – had a steady game not making any crucial mistakes.
Scoop Rating: 6/10 – Another disappointing performance versus inferior opposition as Bassett failed to convert chances in a game they had dominated for the most part.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
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