Rylands Way, 9th February 2013
Mark Barnes' 51st minute equaliser rescued a point for Wootton Bassett Town as they were held to a 1-1 draw by near neighbours Cricklade Town.
The result leaves Bassett six points behind leaders Brimscombe and Thrupp with just one game in hand. More importantly, the advantage over third place Tytherington Rocks is now seven points, meaning the fight for a top two finish is set to be an exciting one.
Depleted defensively, Dave Turner was forced to shuffle his pack, fielding Tom Dingle – usually a forward – at left back, as both Craig Bowden and Adam Corcoran were unavailable. The back four was then further weakened when Shaun Carter was forced off with an injury after just 25 minutes.
Still, despite this along with the trying conditions on a wet afternoon, Bassett held firm as neither side troubled the scores in the opening period.
However, Cricklade went ahead three minutes after the restart when young hotshot Jack Allan fired home. Barnes answered almost immediately to restore parity and ultimately to preserve a point for the hosts.
The stalemate arguably did neither team any real favours. Bassett failed to put further meaningful distance between themselves and the chasing reigning champions, while Cricklade lost further touch with the teams above them.
Positive for Bassett was that their losing streak came to an end at just one game. Now is time for an extended unbeaten run as the final third of the campaign begins.
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