Corinium Stadium, 14th March 2014
Prior to the visit of third place Kidlington, all that Wootton Bassett Town manager Paul Braithwaite wanted from his charges was for them to put in a good performance. In the end he got more that and more as Callum Wright's equaliser with ten minutes to go secured a valuable and much deserved point that lifts Bassett into 12th place.
After an evenly contested start to the game that saw a shot from Bassett forward Steve Robertson saved well and 'keeper Kurtis Sharkey tipping over, Kidlington - unbeaten in eight in the league and still with hopes of a top two finish - began to assert control as the opening period unfolded further. However, to their credit, the hosts limited their Oxfordshire opponents to shots from distance and the teams went into the break deadlocked.
Sharkey was called into action early after the restart, saving from point blank range. But he could do little to prevent Kidlington taking the lead two minutes before the hour. Trying to bring the ball out from the back, Nathan Hawkins conceded possession cheaply and Tommy Castle made sure Bassett were punished as he coolly lifted over the home 'keeper.
That goal sparked life into Bassett. Nathan Gambling fizzed a long range shot just past the post before Steve Yeardley saw his header from a Ryan Thomas cross sail agonisingly wide with Matt Hyslop stranded in the Kidlington goal.
Then with ten minutes remaining the breakthrough arrived. Hyslop did well to save from a Bailey free kick, but the ball broke for Wright on the edge of the area and the midfielder drilled a fine strike into the back of the net.
A frenetic finale ensued. Man of the match Wright cleared off the line as Kidlington threatened from a corner before a Robertson shot shaved the post. Next, Dale Richards blocked an effort on the line with the ball centimetres from crossing it, while the visitors saw a golden opportunity go begging in the dying seconds.
Had any of those three chances for the visitors gone in then it would have been harsh on Bassett, who were well worth a draw against a team who had torn them apart earlier in the season.
It's now three successive draws and four games unbeaten in the league for Braithwaite's team, who will look to continue that streak - hopefully with a victory - against local rivals Highworth Town on Tuesday.
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