A second half brace from Dean Barker dashed Wootton Bassett Town's hopes of taking another couple of points off of Trowbridge Town as they ended up 3-1 victors following a strangely lifeless derby.
Bassett's performance in the opening 45 minutes was almost as miserable as the weather and almost went a goal down just 15 seconds in but Barker headed over at the front post from Craig Brown's cross.
Three minutes later Andy White was caught in possession in the middle of the park allowing the visitors to counter and Matt Minnis' half volley from the edge of the area beat James Domm but rolled just wide of the left post.
After White fired wide from a Jeremy Newton cross, Trowbridge continue with their almost relentless pressure as Bassett struggled to get out of their own half. On 14 minutes Minnis' glancing header from Adam Brown's corner went inches over the bar.
Another set piece finally saw them find the back of the net in the 23rd minute. Adam Brown's corner from the left hand side wasn't dealt with, falling to Aaron Salter on the edge of the area. His half volley was deflected and Minnis was able to get a touch on the ball to guide into the top right corner.
John Magani was booked seven minutes before half time after reacting to a foul on him before, five minutes before the break, Craig Brown's free kick was met by Minnis again but he headed over from 15 yards.
Bassett began to get beyond the halfway line early in the second period as four minutes in a mazy Magani run opened up a sight on goal for him but his long range effort fizzed over.
A nasty lunge on Magani earned Lee Wilson a booking before Newton came close for the hosts. White played a ball into the left channel and the winger cut inside before firing at goal from 15 yards forcing Eddie Quelsh to parry wide.
Bassett got it right from the resulting Newton corner as a fluffed clearance from Trowbridge allowed Mills to fire home from close range,
The score remained tied for all of three minutes though as Barker netted his first. Bassett were caught stretched at the back and Minnis crossed in from the right for Barker, who beat Gee to the header, and easily nodded in from six yards.
He nearly added another a couple minutes later but Domm was able to parry his effort from the edge of the area away after Brown slid him through.
Then on 77 minutes Minnis played the ball to Barker in the left hand corner. The tricky forward managed to roll Gee and fired from an angle but Domm was able to fist the ball away at the front post.
A late hack on Mills by Adam Brown was enough for the Trowbridge midfielder to earn himself a booking before substitute Steve Shaw forced a fine save from an outstretched Elliot as he tipped the forwards low 20 yard shot away as it looked to be headed for the bottom right corner.
With Bassett pushing frantically for the equaliser it was inevitable though that they would be left struggling at the back.
In the final minute before stoppage time, Minnis broke down the right and found himself with only Domm to beat but the Bassett 'keeper kept his cool and was able to parry away.
The third came moments later though as Bassett were again caught in possession and Minnis pulled the ball back to Barker on the edge of the area who fired in past a helpless Domm.
Scoop's Man of the Match: Robin Greenway – had another sound, composed game at the back and has really earned his place with his performances in the last two games.
Scoop Rating: 6/10 – After a lacklustre first half, Bassett picked it up slightly in the second but were stymied by Trowbridge's aerial dominance. Barker and Minnis caused the Bassett defence all kinds of problems and were the difference between the two sides.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
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