Rylands Way, 2nd February 2010
Cheltenham Saracens came to Rylands Way on the back of two wins in which they had scored a massive 26 goals. Having dropped more points than Bassett the visitors attacked from the off knowing that for them a victory was an imperative. It was no surprise when Cheltenham took the lead Ian Surcombe pouncing after Sam Collier had failed to clear. However, seven minutes later Wootton Bassett were on level terms when Craig Shand scored a fine individual goal when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box. He kept his cool as he rounded the Cheltenham keeper and slotted the ball into the net. The game remained tight for the remainder of the half although it was the visitors who had the bulk of the possession but the Wootton Bassett defence superbly marshalled by Jon Holloway kept them out.
The second half remained a tight affair but it was Wootton Bassett who created the best chance of the game in the last ten minutes. Following a flowing move the ball was crossed to Ryan Banks in space and with just the keeper to beat but a fine diving save at the feet of Banks from the Cheltenham keeper denied Wootton Bassett all three points. Had Bassett scored it would have been hard on an excellent young Cheltenham side who had attacked from the off but found they had fired all their bullets in the previous two games and had to make do with a share of the spoils. Having already won at Cheltenham the result was definitely more appreciated by Wootton Bassett who now know that if they win their games in hand they can put breathing space between themselves and their opponents in the promotion race.
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