Late double downs Bassett
Saturday 12 January 2019 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 12 January 2019 at 17:09)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town returned to action with a 2-0 defeat away against Ardley United.
Nolan Oils Ground, 12th January 2019
2019 belatedly began with defeat for Royal Wootton Bassett Town as they conceded twice late on in a loss against Ardley United.
When the teams met in Wiltshire earlier in the season, it took spirited rearguard action in the final minutes to preserve victory.
But this time, Bassett were unable to keep Ardley out. First Troy Bryan and then Jordan Thomas found the net as they provided two good finishes to round off swift counter attacks from the hosts.
Sam Collier's team will feel slightly disappointed with the result as they arguably had the better of the play for the majority of the second half. But, on what has historically been an unhappy hunting ground for Bassett, they were unable to convert that pressure into a decisive goal.
That had followed a scrappy first half in which neither side was able to demonstrate much quality, the bobbly pitch at the Nolan Oils Ground proving difficult for both teams to adjust to.