Meadowbank, 12th October 2010
Wootton Bassett Town fell to their third defeat of the season so far as classy Shortwood United prevailed 4-1 against Dave Turner's side.
Never an easy place to go, Shortwood's run of three straight defeats meant they had a point to prove to manager John Evans. And they quickly made their mark, staking out a two goal advantage prior to the break. Chris Mortlock opened the scoring on 25 minutes after a long throw wasn't dealt with before Mike Green slotted past Stewart Thompson eight minutes before the break after possession was conceded cheaply.
Sam Collier's fine run of form continued in front of goal for the visitors as his fine volley halved the deficit with nineteen minutes left to give Bassett a glimmer of hope.
However, having to throw caution to the wind in order to try and salvage an unexpected point, the visitors' defence was left exposed allowing Shortwood to grab two further goals before the end and pad their victory. Their third came from Ross Casey in the 87th minute after Thompson failed to come up with a corner. Moments later, Mish Green rounded off the scoring following a neat one-two.
There was no shame in the nature of Bassett's loss, which sends Bassett down a place to twelfth, as this was a fixture that was always going to be difficult to get anything out of given Shortwood's recent exploits in the division.
But Turner will want his side to regain their form sooner rather than later, having suffered their fourth consecutive loss in all competitions.
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