The Football Pink, Saturday 27th September 1958
Melksham attacked but Gooding failed to score in the eight minute.
Seven minutes later Pike scored for Melksham after a good pass from Gooding.
Slater, for Wootton Bassett, tried hard but could not score.
Melksham centre-forward Burns, baffled the Bassett goalkeeper, Read, and put Melksham two up.
Melksham then continually attacked until Burns scored again.
The Football Pink, Saturday 4th October 1958 (by Moonraker)
Some put up extremely good fights and none better than Wootton Bassett, who, as befits their exalted league position, ran Melksham Town close at the Conigre field.
The adverse score of three clear goals over-emphasised their defeat.
All three goals came in the first half and one them was most unfortunate for a Wootton Bassett defender, making a clearance kick that nine times out of ten would have gone well up-field, somehow screwed it back past his own keeper.
Wootton Bassett's forwards included Lou Nash in place of Salter, who could not get away from his service camp for this game, but they found the Melksham defence dour and centre half Keene especially a difficult obstacle in their path.
Although he did not score, young Jimmy Godding was the star of the Melksham team and his efforts did much to further their home win and provide Jimmy Burns with the other two goals.
Years of experience of success and adversity has bred in Wootton Bassett secretary, Percy Stone, a certain philosophy and after commenting on the game he wound up by saying: "Ah! Well! We usually have lost a fiver in the Amateur Cup of late. This time we have made one." Round about £20 was taken at the gate for the game so, once again, it's an ill wind that blows no good" even in football.
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