Under 12 Blues serve up Mother's Day delight
Sunday 31 March 2019 - by Deane Greenouff (Updated on 31 March 2019 at 17:59)
In a match Royal Wootton Bassett Town Under 12 Blue had to win to give them any chance of staying in North Wilts League Division Two the team delivered with a performance that defied their league position. The phenomenal team effort was capped by a late brace from Finlay Hyde to give them a 2-0 victory away at Hungerford Town Juniors Black.
Matthew Jones and Michael Lynch made the team's intent clear in the opening minutes, the former with a dipping shot from distance and the latter with a fearless block in front of his own goal to give Bassett momentum that they maintained for the rest of the match. Early in the first half Edward Greenouff produced a cross that rolled agonisingly across the goal and a long range shot that the keeper saved to his right.
Midway through the first half Caden Jefferies made a welcome return from a spell of injury. His physical presence up front gave the team added bite and Bassett continued to press hard for a lead before half time.
After failing to score before the break, Bassett knew they needed to press home their advantage in the second half. Cameron Iles supported by Charlie Griffiths produced a series of no nonsense defensive clearances to prevent any real threat on their own goal.
It only remained to be seen whether Bassett could produce a winner. From a great cross from Joshua Sturmey, a spectacular Caden Jefferies chip that grazed the bar all came close but with five minutes to go it looked like it was going to be another frustrating day for Bassett.
The breakthrough came with minutes remaining. A pin-point Jamie Black cross was handled in the area by the despairing defender leading to a first penalty of the season. With everything at stake Finlay Hyde was fearless, a short run up delivered an unstoppable right footed strike low to the goalkeeper's right. Even better was to come as Jefferies and the tireless Sam Smith linked to slide a low ball across the box for Hyde to slot in for his second.
The final whistle was greeted by tumultuous celebration from the players, management and travelling away fans alike. Bassett now have a break due to the team's international commitments. On returning to domestic action later in April they will hope that a final day victory against Swindon Supermarine will be enough to keep them in this division.