Royal Wootton Bassett Town's poor league form continued as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat against Brimscombe and Thrupp.
A result that stretches Bassett's winless league streak to seven games – a run that has seen them plummet into the lower reaches of the Hellenic League Premier Division table, the Gloucestershire visitors inflicted more pain on Sam Collier's ailing side.
On the balance of chances, Bassett arguably could have taken something from the game. But Brimscombe ultimately triumphed courtesy of the ruthlessness of the division's top scorer Harlie Price.
Price should really have given his side an early lead when overly casual play at the back allowed him to seize on an underhit Scott Chilcott backpass. But fortunately for the hosts 'keeper Eddie Cavanagh batted away Price's powerful initial strike before the forward dragged the rebound wide. He found his range soon enough though.
At the other end, a deflected John Mills drive stung the palms of Gavin Jones while Alan Griffin headed narrowly over from Chris Taylor's inswinging free kick.
But the visitors eventually took the lead ten minutes before the break. Sam Folkes swung in an inch perfect cross from the right side and picked out an unmarked Price who redirected the ball into the bottom right corner with a precise header.
Bassett were then twice denied by Jones as they enjoyed a spell of note before the break.
The 'keeper first awkwardly tipped a Jon Beeden header over the bar after the defender rose to meet another Taylor delivery. Shortly after he made a stunning acrobatic save to tip away Dave Bampton's rising 20-yard piledriver, an effort that appeared destined for the top right corner.
Following the restart, the better of the early opportunities fell Bassett's way.
Tommy Ouldridge's left wing cross fell to Bailey Gallagher at the far post. An awkward initial touch meant he had to delay taking his shot, and when he did it was blocked by full back Ben Baxter, with Bassett's claims of handball going ignored.
Sam Ockwell then fizzed in a low free kick that Jones had to guide around the post before Bassett drew level.
Ouldridge played in a low centre that was deflected into the feet of Griffin. With his back to goal, the forward shuffled the ball across to strike partner John Mills, who made no mistake from close range.
But that was to be the only goal Bassett were able to muster. And with twelve minutes to go Brimscombe grabbed the winner.
It came in somewhat controversial fashion too, with Bassett clearly feeling they should have been awarded a free kick for a Price push on Gallagher. But in equal parts, it was a goal that should have been avoided.
A quick, long goal kick from Jones after the hosts saw a set piece come to nothing proved Bassett's undoing. And, after Price had shrugged aside Gallagher – whether fairly or not – he stepped inside Ockwell before coolly picking out the bottom corner.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
Last modified on Wednesday 13th October 2021 at 14:44