Scott Chilcott scored the only goal of the game three minutes into the second half as Royal Wootton Bassett Town recorded an impressive 1-0 victory at home against Roman Glass St George.
Sam Collier's side withstood significant first half pressure against their fellow Hellenic League Premier Division playoff hopefuls, with great saves from 'keeper Rob Brown at the beginning and end of the half helping keep the visitors at bay.
Chilcott then struck shortly after the restart with a cross-cum-shot from the right that flat out deceived visiting 'keeper Josh Dempsey, fortuitously scoring what proved to be the game's only goal.
Bassett's advantage was slender though - and, making things tougher against testing opponents, the hosts were reduced to ten men moments after going ahead as Dave Bampton received a second yellow card.
But, demonstrating the team's resolve and with the defence marshalled brilliantly by captain Adam Corcoran, Bassett dug deep as Roman Glass were frustrated for the remainder of the match.
Basset's fourth win in a row in the league, the result opens up a four point gap over fourth place Worcester Raiders who have played two games more.
It also helps set Bassett up well for their next league encounter - a challenging trip to leaders Worcester City, which follows Saturday's Isuzu FA Vase second round tie against Longlevens.
In form, Collier and his team will be eyeing up both those games with relish.
Credit: Stuart Smedley
Last modified on Wednesday 8th November 2023 at 10:01