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Two extra time goals from Steve Robertson saw Royal Wootton Bassett Town book their place in the Floodlit Cup quarter finals as his side defeated Lydney Town 2-0.
Finally Royal Wootton Bassett Town got one over Lydney Town. After suffering four straight single goal defeats against their Gloucestershire bogey side, Bassett were able to record a 2-0 victory against them and book their place in the quarter finals of the Floodlit Cup.
It took one hell of a struggle, 120 minutes of closely-fought action and a couple of nail-biting moments to get there though.
However, in the end an extra time brace from the ever-reliable Steve Robertson separated the sides before the game reached a somewhat premature conclusion as a result of the floodlights failing - somewhat ironic given the competition the teams were playing in.
Good job penalties weren't needed in the end.
There was little goalmouth action in the opening period, the only noteworthy moments coming from the full-blooded tackles put in by both teams.
In the second half, Robertson fired straight at the visiting 'keeper when through one-on-one before Lydney's Declan Morley-Lyne saw a free kick strike the post and roll along the goalline.
The game should really have been settled in the closing stages of normal time when Dale Richards found the back of the net, only to see what appeared to be a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out for by an erroneous offside flag.
Extra time was therefore required, and Bassett struck early in the first half, Robertson lobbing the 'keeper after being played through by Richards.
He then grabbed his second after the interval. It came in somewhat scrappy fashion, but they all count. Through on goal again, Robertson unselfishly sought to square to a teammate only to see his attempted pass bounce of a defender. The ball fell straight back to Robertson though, and the forward simply walked it in.
Bassett were arguably grateful they had netted a second and had Lydney beten as, shortly before full time was due, the floodlights were inadvertently switched off. Light was eventually restored, and the final minute played out. But without that additional cushion, Lydney would arguably have had reason for complaint.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
Last modified on Thursday 15th December 2016 at 20:20
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