29th Regiment Army Base, 3rd October 2009
A Mitchell Wyatt goal was not enough for Wootton Bassett Town, as their stuttering start to the season continued with a 1-1 draw at struggling Cirencester United.
Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half, Bassett failed to produce much, meaning the game went into half time deadlocked.
In the second period, the gusting wind should have ensured Dave Turner's side stamped their authority on a game they were expected to win. However, Cirencester – under the guidance of former Bassett midfielder Dave Tyler – were in no mood to surrender, limiting their visitors to just the one goal, which was duly cancelled out late on.
Despite the conditions, gaining just a point against such opponents was extremely disappointing for a team hoping to be challenging for promotion come May.
No disrespect to Cirencester, who are a side that will no doubt encapsulate the battling tendencies of their manager once his mark has been fully made, but scoring just a single goal against a side who prior to the game had shipped a league high forty is arguably inexcusable.
With Cirencester visiting Rylands Way next weekend, Bassett have a fantastic chance to make amends for the disappointing result earned from this encounter, and it is important they do so to muster some momentum as the mid-point of the season approaches.
With Letcombe – another team who aren't yet living up last year's achievements – due to pay a visit in two weeks time it is an imperative.
Playing catch-up is always tricky, but the task is made even harder when valuable, necessary points are not being picked up.
And to pick them up, what is required is a ruthless streak that is seemingly lacking.
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