Corinium Stadium, 4th September 2013
The final score line does not tell the true story of what was a much closer match than 4-0 would suggest. That the last two goals came in the 89th and 90th minute it means the history books will show a comfortable win for the team that retained its 100% record in league fixtures. However, they could easily have been behind at the break had Bassett shown more composure in front of goal. Bassett fell behind on 29 minutes when the ball ricocheted to Younie who coolly tucked the ball past Allison in the Basset goal. With Jordan Roberts and Ryan Stanners influential in midfield Bassett created chances of their own but had a tendancy to rush the chances that fell their way. Best chance of the first half came on the stroke of half time when the ball fell to Alex Rigley on the edge of the six yard box and he failed to hit the target when all in the ground expected the net to bulge.
Jimmy Deabill and Richard Clayden were a handful all night for the Bassett defence and it was Deabill who extended the visitors lead three minutes after the break following some sloppy defending from Bassett. Wantage Town played the game at tremendous pace all night and you will not find a fitter side in the Hellenic Premier as Bassett found themselves with little time on the ball. Wanatge's play was very direct using the presence of Deabill up front. Meanwhile for Bassett Shaun Terry played the lone striker role for most of the night and got little joy out of the Wantage back line. Bassett did not give up but were suffer a harsh 3rd goal when defender Shaun Carter was pulled down on the box by Melledew only for the referee to allow play n and the Wantage player gave Steve Alliosn no chance. How a free kick was not given was beyond most of the home crowd although there had been some strange decisions all night. The heads now dropped and a sloppy 4th was conceded with the last kick of the game, Melledew again the scorer. A harsh final score indeed and the management team can take some comfort that Bassett had been competitive for 89 minutes and given the potential champions a good run for their money.
Bassett Man of the Match: Jordan Roberts – A class act who always seems to have so much time on the ball.
Rating: 7 out of 10 – Despite the final score line this game was a lot closer than 4-0 would suggest.
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