Faraday Road, 12th August 2014
Six times in Wootton Bassett Town's season opener Ben Mitchell had to dig out the ball from the back of the net. A stunning second half performance from the stopper ensured he wouldn't have to do that on their visit to Newbury Town though.
With Bassett having to defend a lead gained early following the restart, the 'keeper pulled off a string of fine saves, including one from a penalty, to preserve a 1-0 victory for Paul Braithwaite's team that gets their campaign up and running.
Bassett's goal came courtesy of Nathan Gambling, who took advantage of a poor backpass from a home defender, dispossessed the 'keeper and stroked home.
That would have been the visitors' second goal of the night were it not for an outstanding save from Mitchell's opposite number as an engrossing, even opening period drew to a close. Midfield Dan Bailey connected expertly with a Lews Chatwin cross, his blinding volley seeming destined for the back of the net but he was to be denied in outstanding fashion.
Gambling's second of the season then set the match up for a frenetic finish. After conceding Newbury threw everything at Bassett, with it appearing at times as though the visitors would not hold out.
But Mitchell's heroics would ensure three points were taken home.
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