RWBTFC U16 Yellows kick started their season on Sunday 6th September against FC Chippenham Youth. The last time these two teams met was in the Wilts County Cup last season in a very tight game. This one proved to be as close once again.
Keen to show Chippenham that our win last season was not a fluke, we started strongly, taking the game to Chippenham from the first whistle. The Bassett front two of Sam Warner and Taiga Matsushima caused problems to the Chippenham defence throughout the game, creating plenty of chances.
Throughout the first half, Bassett managed to get shot after shot on the Chippenham goal, but combined efforts of spirited goalkeeping and a few goal-line clearances seemed to thwart all attempts on the Chippenham goal.
Just when it seemed that the game was heading for a 0-0 half-time score, Chippenham broke the deadlock with 20 seconds left of the half. A few slow reactions to a pass into the Bassett 18yard box created that one chance that Chippenham needed and they fired the ball low into the bottom corner.
Fired up from the first half, Bassett came out even stronger after the break, and most of the second half was played camped inside the Chippenham half. With slick passing and good movement off the ball, even more chances were created, with all of them falling just the wrong side of the post from a Basset point of view.
Despite the best efforts of the Bassett front line and midfield, Lady Luck did not want to smile down on the Bassett team. In the 65th minute, when the Chippenham 'keeper rushed out of his 18yrd box to clear a ball, Sam Warner got there just before him and looped the ball over the stranded Keeper. With the whole of the Bassett team and crowd willing the ball to go in, it rolled a couple of yards wide. This seemed to sum up the Bassett luck on the day, and the game soon finished with a 1-0 win to Chippenham.
We would like to also take this opportunity to thank everyone for immaculately observing the 1 minute silence before the game in memory of Andy Amos, Steve Shearan and others affected by the sad loss to COVID-19.
Credit: Mark Francis
Last modified on Tuesday 8th September 2020 at 10:26