Familiar theme as set piece struggles again haunt Bassett
Saturday 05 October 2019 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 06 October 2019 at 18:05)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town were beaten 4-2 at home by Windsor.
Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, 6th October 2019
Royal Wootton Bassett Town's return to winning ways in the Hellenic League Premier Division proved to be an all too brief one as they succumbed to a 4-2 home loss against Windsor.
And it was a familiar theme – difficulties defending from set pieces – that proved costly as two of the visitors' three second half goals came from corners.
Bassett's vulnerability in such moments has been a long-term issue and one that will continue to hurt their league position given the frequency with which corners and free kicks have been leading to goals conceded.
Against Windsor, Bassett did make a bright start, TJ Bohane curling onto the post.
But it was to be the visitors who took the lead, Excellence Mahumba racing onto a ball over the top of the defence before calmly dinking over an onrushing James Rae.
In-form Alfie Presley's stunning strike from the edge of the area drew Bassett level though and the game was finely poised at the break.
But Windsor pulled away in the second half.
First, Andrew Ingham headed in from a Dylan Ive corner.
The visitors then struck twice in quick succession.
Kingsley Etefia bundled in after Rae had initially denied Ive before Ive swung in another corner, which fell to Luke Brooks-Smith to drive home.
Bohane scored a simple tap in late on, but that was nothing more than a consolation goal as Bassett were well beaten.