Rylands Way, 1st December 2012
Wootton Bassett Town now have only their Hellenic League Division One West promotion push to concentrate upon following a heavy 5-0 defeat against Wokingham and Emmbrook in the Supplementary Cup second round.
Without seven first team regulars, Dave Turner was forced to field a young, experimental side. And against a team riding high in the Premier Division, Bassett were simply overpowered.
As soon as the opening whistle blew Bassett found themselves camped deep inside their own territory as Wokingham created a plethora of chances.
Initially Luke Sharps' goal led a charmed life as Callum Eagle twice wasted headed opportunities.
It appeared to be just a matter of time before the deadlock was broken though, and the opening goal eventually came on the quarter hour. With the hosts' defence sucked over to the left hand side, the visitors exploited the gaping hole on the right. Nick Bateman was fed an incisive pass and should have done better with his drive which Sharps parried. But Matt Jones was there to swivel and slot the rebound into the bottom corner.
Although Steve Yeardley came close following a rare Bassett foray forward, forcing Gary Aulsberry to awkwardly tip over, Bassett quickly found themselves two behind when Elliott Rushforth beat a hesitant Sharps to a long ball and poked home.
On the stroke of half time it was three when Danny Horscroft's precise free kick left the keeper no chance and nestled in the left corner.
Following the restart Wokingham scored twice inside the opening ten minutes. Bateman got both of them, confidently dispatching a penalty before reacting quickest to a headed effort that had struck the bar.
Bassett put up something of a fight in the latter stages, the half time introduction of Matty Bennett adding a spark that had been desperately lacking before the break. But Aulsberry was not to be beaten, producing two composed saves. The first directed Bennett's powerful strike over before he parried at the feet of Andy Brien following the Bassett assistant manager's solo run.
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