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Alfredian Park, 25th September 2010
Wootton Bassett Town bounced back in style from their midweek disappointment as two first half goals from Sam Collier inspired Dave Turner's side to a 2-1 victory away against title-hunting Wantage Town.
The brace put his side in firm control of a match they went into as unfancied underdogs and moves Bassett's talisman - scorer of twenty goals last season after converting from full back to striker - into double figures already for this campaign.
He struck first on 26 minutes when he hammered home from the edge of the box after Wantage had failed to deal with a cross. Five minutes later the hosts were reduced to ten men when Andy Wallbridge received his marching orders for retaliation; he would be one of eight home players to receive a card on the afternoon.
The lead was doubled seven minutes before the break thanks to the skill of Collier as he turned two defenders before beating home custodian Andy Griffiths.
Wantage were able to claw a goal back through former Letcombe striker Richard Claydon - who otherwise had another frustrating day against Bassett alongside fellow prolific strike partner Graham Edney - in the final minute. But it was too little, too late to prevent his team from slipping to their third defeat - and second consecutive loss against a newly promoted side, having fell to Slimbridge in the week - of this young season.
Victory does little to Bassett's league position as they climb just the one place into eleventh. However, it puts them on 16 points from the opening eight games of the campaign - a tally much greater than what was to be expected.
Bassett now have the luxury of seven day's rest before heading to face Cadbury Heath - who suffered a 4-1 home reverse at the hands of Almondsbury UWE this afternoon - in the first round of the FA Vase next Saturday.
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S Collier (2)