Wootton Bassett TownWBTFC
3 ‒ 3
Welton Rovers

WBTFC Scorers:
R Mair (2), G Simpkins

Two in two minutes for Wootton Bassett

The Football Pink, Saturday 7th November 1959

Wootton Bassett Town, the Wiltshire Premier League side, had Welton Rovers, leaders of Division 2 of the Western League, as opponents in the third qualifying round of the FA Amateur Cup Competition this afternoon. The Town reached the round on Wednesday when, following two 2-2 draws, they beat Radstock Town 3-1 in the second replay at Chippenham.

For the first 35 minutes play was kept in midfield, but then Wootton Bassett took the upper hand, scoring twice in two minutes.

G. Simpkins scored the first with a brilliant header from an Embling centre. A minute later, with the goal-keeper well out, another Embling centre was entering the net when Collins, the Welton centre-half punched it out. Muir scored from the spot.

Five minutes later Teetgen scored but was ruled offside.

Wootton Bassett continued to pile on the pressure and Welton were fortunate to be only two goals down at half-time.

Parker (3) scored for Welton in the second half and Muir for Wootton Bassett.

The Evening Advertiser, Monday 9th November 1959

Wootton Bassett Town have met four opponents in this season's FA Amateur Cup Competition but have already played for 13 hours.

They have had to replay each of their ties – one of them twice – and in most games have been held after establishing clear-cut leads.

Against Welton Rovers, leaders of Division Two of the Western League on Saturday, they scored twice through Geoff Simpkins and Muir within a period of two minutes mid-way through the opening half, and Teetgen found the net only to be ruled offside. They looked well set for victory but Welton hit back in the second period to earn a 3-3 draw. Muir scored Wootton Bassett's third goal and Parker performed the hat-trick for Welton.

The Football Pink, Saturday 14th November 1959 (by Senior)

The gate record was beaten again at Wootton Bassett when it rose to something around the £16 mark. Visitors were attractive Western League leaders Welton Rovers, fresh from their unexpected defeat in the Somerset Cup at Clandown the week before.

Wootton Bassett treated this big crowd to another example of how to make the Amateur Cup the hard way by again relinquishing a two goal lead and then only drawing. This was the fourth round in which they have played and drawn their first match.

The turning point came when Ray Barker scored from a penalty in the second half to cut down the two clear goals lead Wootton Bassett had enjoyed up to then.

Within another 12 minutes Barker had completed his hat-trick and Welton were in the lead.

There followed a magnificent recovery fight by Wootton Bassett in which Ronny Mair headed a glorius equaliser and Welton defended desperately to the end, but successfully, although to do so they had to kick the ball anywhere and everywhere to keep the Wootton Bassett men away.

Last modified on Monday 22nd June 2015 at 23:38

Wootton Bassett TownWBTFC
3 ‒ 3
Welton Rovers

WBTFC Scorers:
R Mair (2), G Simpkins