Scrappy contest ends in loss
Saturday 01 February 2020 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 02 February 2020 at 21:33)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town fell to a 2-1 away defeat against Lydney Town.
Lydney Recreation Ground, 1st February 2019
Royal Wootton Bassett Town fell to a second consecutive defeat as they were beaten 2-1 away against Lydney Town.
A stunning winner from Jacob English ultimately decided the game's outcome, as the two teams played out a scrappy contest
The visitors enjoyed a pair of early chances, Kai Robinson firing just over from twenty yards before Caine Bradbury saw a shot saved following a greater counter attack.
Bradbury then saw a shot deflected over following a good move involving Dan Warre and Alfie Presley, with Elias Youssef narrowly missing the target from the resulting corner.
But Lydney soon started to get on top, their midfield getting the better of what was a battle of attrition.
And the hosts eventually went ahead on the half hour mark. Bassett failed to clear from a soft free kick and the ball was scruffily put away by Aaron Goulty.
The visitors equalised a minute after the restart when Youssef headed home following Robinson's skewed shot.
Yet Lydney's lead was restored midway through the period – and in some style. It appeared as though the danger had been snuffed out when, after a twisting run, Jack Rutter was dispossessed in the left corner.
But Bassett failed to clear and Jacob English found himself with the ball at his feet. He still had plenty of work to do, but rode challenges from Gio Wrona and Bradbury before thumping a superb effort into the top right corner from the left edge of the box.
Bassett's attempts to get back on level terms were then unsuccessful.
Richard Thomas saved a weak shot after a good interchange between Youssef and Mark Francis. Wrona blazed over after getting on the end of a corner. Meanwhile, substitute Bailey Gallagher headed over from a Landon Golding delivery.
Lydney arguably had the better opportunities to put the game away too as they sought to expose the extra space created by Bassett pushing additional men forward, English and Declan Morley-Lyne both shooting narrowly off target,