Bassett suffer third defeat in a row
Saturday 02 September 2017 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 03 September 2017 at 11:25)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town lost their third Hellenic League Premier Division fixture in a row as they were well beaten 4-0 by Flackwell Heath.
Wilks Park, 2nd September 2017
Royal Wootton Bassett Town's winless start to their Hellenic League Premier Division campaign reached seven games as they were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by a fine Flackwell Heath side. The defeat means Bassett have now suffered three losses in a row too.
Although all four defeats they have fallen to so far have come against the teams currently occupying the top four spots in the table, the signs for Rich Hunter's side are worrying as they enter the middle of September with just three points to their name from their opening seven games.
And they'll need their fortunes to turn around quickly to avoid becoming embroiled in a dogfight at the wrong end of the table.
If anything good can be taken from their difficult start to the season, it's that Bassett have been able to measure themselves up against the division's leading lights.
And against Flackwell, the gulf between the teams was large.
The Heathens were arguably the best side Bassett have come up against so far this season and were a class above.
They were ahead after 17 minutes when Liam Tack flicked on Usman Lalustani's cross for Thomas Gant to finish.
The lead was then doubled three minutes into the second half when Jamie Essex headed in from Joel Jacobs' delivery.
It was three shortly after the hour as substitute Dan Rapley made an immediate impact, driving low into the bottom corner from outside the box.
Flackwell's fourth arrived a couple minutes later courtesy of Dean Allen, who prodded in at the far post after Rapley's free kick ran through the box.