Stubbs Lane, 21st April 2011
Wootton Bassett Town suffered their heaviest defeat of the season as they fell to a 7-1 defeat at Binfield. Dave Turner's side were always heavy underdogs going into the match against a team who remain alive in the race for second place. But the scale of the defeat will no doubt not sit well with the manager.
Tired legs abound - this was Bassett's 19th (nineteenth!!!!) match in all competitions since March 1st, the visitors just could not put up with the rampant hosts, who flew out of the blocks and raced to victory with no looking back.
Although the report from Tuesday's visit to Abingdon Town mentioned that Bassett still had their final position in the Hellenic Premier Division to play for, perhaps a more pragmatic assessment of the state of play was required given that the players and management have had to endure a game every 72 hours for the past seven weeks. And that stretch has undoubtedly taken its toll. It's therefore no mean feat that they have secured their survival with games to spare.
For all those who made the journey to Binfield, a sour taste may have been left. But for a thin squad running on almost empty against a side still with honours to play for, the only damage really done is to Bassett's goal difference.
One more lengthy journey awaits this season - that being to Flackwell Heath on Saturday - before the season concludes on Easter Monday against Pegasus Juniors. For all the performances such as that against Binfield, there have been double the number of moments to applaud this season. Therefore, it would be appreciated if Dave and the team are shown the recognition they deserve before the final referee's whistle of the season is heard.
Hopefully, this will give a shattered bunch of players a lift and lead them to finish the campaign with a win (or two)!
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