TJ Bohane (2)
After a lengthy six month break, competitive action returned to the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground in fine style as Royal Wootton Bassett Town and Chipping Sodbury Town played out a thrilling Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary round tie.
Bassett eventually won out 4-1 on penalties, though they got there the hard way after twice coming from behind with the tie finishing 2-2 at the end of 90 exciting minutes.
Sam Collier's team had to endure a nightmare start too as they went behind in the game's opening minute. Jon Beeden underhit a backpass intended for 'keeper Harrison Ellis, and Kalum Youngsam - who featured for Bassett briefly a few seasons ago - pounced on the loose ball before producing a smart, composed finish into the bottom corner.
Bassett responded well though and in a competitive first half were arguably the slightly better side.
And their play was rewarded ten minutes before the break when TJ Bohane guided Jack Stirland's devilish right wing cross into the net to level the scores.
Parity did not last long though. On the stroke of half time, Bassett failed to clear their lines and a corner was poked home by Youngsam from close range after the ball ricocheted around the box.
The tie continued to ebb and flow after the restart.
Bassett found themselves level again ten minutes into the second period when substitue Bailey Gallagher won a penalty which Bohane tucked away.
That would ultimately prove to be the first of five perfect penalties that ensured Bassett booked a Preliminary round date with Didcot Town.
With no further score during normal time, the tie went to penalties. After Bohane confidently put Bassett in front, Ellis pulled off a fine save to keep out Chipping Sodbury's opening spot kick.
Alex Dinsmore and Chris Taylor then both kept their cool to keep the hosts on track before Aaron Stevens - another member of the visiting team with ties to Bassett - blazed his spot kick over the bar.
That left Sam Ockwell needing to score to send Bassett through - and he delivered.
An entertaining evening made certain that competitive football returned in some style.
And Bassett's perfection from the penalty spot ensured Sam Collier's side returned with a fantastic victory in the grandest cup competition of them all.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
Last modified on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 07:34
TJ Bohane (2)