Bassett into County Cup last eight
Wednesday 22 November 2017 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 23 November 2017 at 10:08)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town booked their place in the Wiltshire Senior Cup quarter finals with a comfortable 4-0 victory against Trowbridge Town.
Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, 22nd November 2017
Despite having to battle a fierce wind as well as stubborn opposition, Royal Wootton Bassett Town had little difficulty in securing passage through to the last eight of the Wiltshire Senior Cup as they saw off Trowbridge Town 4-0.
For the second round in a row, Bassett were playing host to a Wiltshire League side. And, after what proved to be a tricky tie against Cricklade Town, Rich Hunter's team knew they'd need to be on their game to minimise the chances of an upset.
The performance they put in was a professional, disciplined one, even if the goals didn't arrive until late.
Lewis Waldon had put Bassett ahead in the twelfth minute, firing in after neat build up play and a through ball from the impressive Brad Clark. However,the score wouldn't be extended before the break as the hosts played against the wind.
They were having all the play though, and it didn't take long after the restart for their lead to be doubled as Steve Yeardley confidently stroked home from a penalty awarded for a somewhat harsh handball.
Rory Sproule then added a third with quarter of an hour remaining, planting a far post header from a Waldon cross into the bottom corner, before completing his brace in the closing stages by steering in a Harvey Scholes cut back with a first time shot from twelve yards.
Bassett can now look forward to the draw for the quarter finals in a competition which has opened up. After the elimination of Swindon Supermarine, Melksham Town and Bradford Town, just four other sides from step five or higher remain.
Alongside Bassett, Highworth Town, Wessex League Premier Division outfit Bemerton Heath Harlequins, Southern League Salisbury and National League South side Chippenham Town - undoubtedly the favourites - are in the hat. Joining them are two teams from Western League Division One - Westbury United and Chippenham Park - as well as surprise Wiltshire League outfit Bremhill.
The next round promises to be a fascinating one.