Don't write off Wootton Bassett Town just yet. Leigh Jones's second half strike cancelled out an early Almondsbury lead as Bassett kept themselves within catching distance off their rivals above them in the struggle to avoid relegation.
This was an interesting encounter featuring two sides using two very contrasting styles of play and the route one football demonstrated by Bassett's visitors prevailed early on.
In the twelfth minute Almondsbury took the lead. A long Craig Davidge throw was headed on by Tony Bennett to Paul Dempsey and Dempsey was able to flick the ball into the far corner of the net past Chris Mills.
Within two minutes of the goal Bassett nearly struck back through an unlikely source. Great work down the left and a cross from Rob Day found Rob Hopkins but the defender shot just over from twenty yards out.
Ash Bradshaw then had an opportunity in the 19th minute but he failed to hit the target, striking wide.
Bassett continued to create chances just like in the opening fixture between the two sides but couldn't convert them into an equaliser.
Ben Gascoyne struck just over the bar with his left foot before the half hour mark before Hopkins crossed in for Day but the lanky forward's header was well off the mark.
However, five minutes before the break Bassett were nearly out of the match but Bradshaw managed to keep the strugglers in with a shout, heading a Tony Bennett header off the line following a corner.
Within eight minutes of the restart Gascoyne was put through by Dave Tyler but failed to pull the trigger before Davidge ran through the Bassett defence and shot the ball narrowly wide.
Day had another good chance on the hour mark – he found himself on the end of a flick on but fired his left footed volley just over the bar and away from Triston Westlake.
Mills easily covered a Davidge shot midway through the second period, two minutes before Bassett levelled things up.
A goalmouth scramble from a Bassett corner ended up at the feet of Leigh Jones who bundled the ball over the line to level the scores.
Almondsbury's danger-man Davidge fired miles over with thirteen minutes to go after a goalmouth scramble at the other end had been somehow cleared.
Mills – who was standing in goal and did a great job – then saved a header from Bradley Clarke two minutes later.
Bassett were again nearly caught out when a ball over the top caught defender Richard Gee out but Mills saved Danny Thorpe's effort, which was headed for the far corner. From the ensuing corner Clarke volleyed over, keeping Bassett's survival chances intact.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
Last modified on Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 14:17