Royal Wootton Bassett Town conceded a last minute goal as they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against Longlevens.
A tight game against Longlevens, which saw both teams reduced to ten men for the final half an hour, ended in defeat for Royal Wootton Bassett Town as Brad Martin netted a 90th minute winner for the Gloucestershire side.
Martin bundled the ball in at the back post for the Hellenic League Premier Division's sixth placed side after a free kick had been flicked over stand-in 'keeper Steve Yeardley and onto the frame of the goal.
Defeat was harsh on Bassett, who produced a solid performance and were certainly worthy of a point to build on three won last weekend against Oxford City Nomads.
There were certainly chances for the home team to grab a goal, but Longlevens, possessing one of the division's better defensive records were able to keep their sheets clean.
Within the game's first five minutes Dan Bailey got in behind the visitors' defence, finding himself one-on-one with Ollie Hall. With the 'keeper drawn off his line, Bailey went for a chip that wound up inches wide.
Dan Comer then skied a close range shot over after good combination play between Harvey Scholes and Steve Robertson resulted in the latter delivering a dangerous cross which fizzed across the six yard box.
Bassett were afforded a man advantage just before the hour when Dave Rich was harshly dismissed for a second yellow card.
Yet that lasted all of three minutes as 'keeper Curtis Meare picked up his second straight red card of the campaign when he handled outside of the area having instinctively sought to block a shot after a heavy touch presented Longlevens with possession inside the final third.
For third time this season Yardley donned the gloves. And he was immediately brought into action, saving the resulting free kick with his legs.
He wasn't much bothered after that as the two defences continued to control the game.
At the other end, there was one good opportunity for Robertson, his effort drawing a fine save from Hall.
Unfortunately for Bassett, the game did have a goal in it. Pretty Martin's strike may not have been, but arriving as the game approached its conclusion, it proved decisive.
The hosts did muster one final chance as they sought a quickfire equaliser. However, Dale Richards' bursting run and cross narrowly evaded Robertson, who was in a position to pounce.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
Last modified on Saturday 30th January 2016 at 19:47