Two early second half goals from Mark Jordan left Wootton Bassett Town wondering what they did wrong again as Carterton F.C. came away from Rylands Way with a hard fought 2-1 victory.
The hosts were the better team in the first half and within four minutes had a good chance but Matt Bennett shots was deflected over the bar following a Geoff Swatton cross.
A minute later Ashley Bradshaw had a shot tipped over by Nick Heritage before, on 16 minutes, John Haines held from a Ben Border shot from the edge of the area.
Bassett continually knocked on Carterton's door and on thirty minutes Dave Tyler struck wide from twenty yards after a Geoff Swatton cross was deflected to the feet of the Bassett midfielder.
Two minutes later, Tyler would become provider as his chip over the top of the Carterton defence set through Swatton who made no mistake in firing the ball into the back of the net one-on-one with Heritage.
A cross field ball from the Bassett scorer fell to Steve Bunting in the 37th minute but Bunting blasted wide before Dave Tyler missed from twelve yards out following another Swatton cross – Tyler could have done better though.
Bassett were struck on the head two minutes after half time when Mark Jordan grabbed his first.
A minute after Bassett had cleared off the line from a Kevin Lewis shot, Rich Gee cleared from the same position but the clearance fell to Jordan who tapped into an open net from ten yards after Haines was caught off his line.
In the 50th minute, Tyler blazed over after Carterton failed to clear a Bassett free kick.
Jordan scored what turned out to be the winner just before the hour mark, chipping in a corner from the left, which sailed in over Haines's head.
Lewis had a chance to grab another goal as poor defending set Lewis streaking through but his shot from eighteen yards was deflected wide.
Bennett blasted just wide when put clean through by Swatton with nineteen minutes to go before Steve Howse replaced Andy Hallett.
With quarter of an hour remaining, Dave Tyler somehow had a shot from six yards out strike the bar and fail to go into the back of the net with an open goal in front of him following a brilliant run by Bradshaw down the left who cut the ball back to Tyler at the byline.
Bassett made two substitutions before the end – neither making much impact as well as having Tyler booked as Bassett again failed to convert a lead into a victory in what was a spirited display.
Scoop's Man of the Match: Geoff Swatton – worked tirelessly, setting up good chances and grabbing Bassett's goal.
Scoop Rating: 8/10 – a great display spoilt by two silly goals which cost Bassett much needed points.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
Last modified on Tuesday 15th September 2020 at 13:46