Bassett Blues do it again - giant killing at Highworth
Sunday 22 September 2019 - by Deane Greenouff (Updated on 22 September 2019 at 15:10)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town Under 13 Blue continue to build on their unbeaten start to the season and great escape achievements of last year with a richly deserved 'Giant Killing' at Division One side Highworth Town Juniors T in the North Wilts League Cup second round.
Manager Martin Jefferies was in characteristic cavalier mood, playing a starting 9 with just two defenders, in challenging wet conditions.
Cam Iles making a last ditch sliding tackle on ten minutes to keep the scores level was closely followed by a Tom Davis save low down to his right.
Highworth began the stronger team and this dominance paid off on 17 minutes with a high shot from outside of the box evading the Bassett keeper, 1-0 to the home side.
Noah Cranswick-Coates had a long range free kick effort saved just before the break.
Bassett started the second half the stronger and after 42 minutes Jamie Black latched on to a Tom Davis kick to sublimely volley into the top corner, surely a contender to goal of the season. Jefferies won't be comfortable with the long ball approach play but the finish was breath-taking, 1-1.
Highworth restored their lead on 50 minutes with a mazy run from their forward who then calmly finished into the bottom corner.
A minute later Cranswick-Coates was having none of that and latched onto captain Josh Sturmey's well-timed through ball, to round the keeper and slot in from a seemingly impossible angle, 2-2.
Bassett then began to dominate, Thomas Nicholls causing Highworth all sorts of trouble with his pace and tenacity, the endless running paid off when he won a penalty.
Step up 'Iceman' Robbie Cinquegrani to manage the immense pressure with a marvellous penalty down to the keeper's right 3-2.
Highworth then applied the pressure for the last ten minutes, some gallant defending from Iles, Lynch and Webster who bravely took one for the team in the stomach.
The Bassett midfield continued to frustrate Highworth with Smith, Jefferies, Hyde & Jones winning every ball.
Hearts were in mouths for the last two minutes as Highworth won a freekick, within shooting range, only for Davis to tip over in wet conditions to ensure the 70 minutes of blood, sweat and tears were not undone.
Jeffreies was jubilant in the technical area as he celebrated evoking memories of Paulo Di Canio…
The team will be in high spirits ahead of next week's league game against Calne.
The cameras were in town today and the boys stepped up with a Giant Killing the link to the highlights will follow shortly.
Well done boys - and don't worry super scoop Deane will be back in the press room next week…