Sunday side come up short in final
Sunday 28 April 2019 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 28 April 2019 at 18:47)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town's Sunday team had their hopes of a league and cup double scuppered as they were well-beaten 5-0 by FC Walcot in their Swindon Sunday League Knockout Cup final.
Walcot's strength in attack proved too much for Bassett, who were unable to fashion a response after falling behind.
Bassett fell behind midway through the first half as Aaron Maximen finished off an incisive counter attack with a composed finish. Their lead was then doubled by Lee Smith to put Walcot firmly in control before the break.
Any hopes Bassett had of a comeback were dashed shortly after the break when Devan Bryan rounded Dave Groom to add Walcot's third.
Sam Ockwell subsequently added a fourth with the best goal of the day. A slick move led to the ball being worked out to the left wing and it appeared as though Ockwell had overrun the cross, but he was able to adjust his body, and fire a fine first time strike with his weaker left foot into the bottom corner.
Bassett's disappointment was compounded when a defensive error gifted Bryan a controversial fifth. A long ball over the top was headed back towards goal, allowing Bryan - who would have been deemed clearly offside had it not come off a Bassett player - to score with a simple finish.
Though never a nice feeling to come up short in a final, Bassett have the chance to wrap up the Division One title next week if they are able to avoid defeat against Penhill United - the only side capable of leapfrogging Bassett and claiming top spot.