HELLENIC LEAGUE: Late strikes help Highworth edge derby battle
HIGHWORTH came from behind to defeat Wootton Bassett 2-1 and prevent the hosts getting their tenure at the Corinium off to a winning start.
Bassett took the lead shortly before the break in the Hellenic Premier clash when defender Shaun Carter nodded in a deep corner.
Highworth were an improved side after the break and the removal of Bassett midfielder Jordan Roberts from the action due to cramp helped the visitors out.
They drew level on 71 minutes as Elliott Knight’s diagonal delivery was dropped by keeper Luke Kuczynski and Lewis Page was on hand to stab home.
Twelve minutes later the Worthians were in front when Darren Smart poked into the net following a scramble, and it could have been 3-1 had TJ Bohane not hit the woodwork.
Striker Shaun Terry was red-carded late on to compound Bassett’s misery.
Highworth boss John Fisher said: “First half they played one up top and five in midfield and we didn’t adapt.
“At half-time we switched it round and played three at the back and wing-backs and I felt then that we got a little bit more into it.
“As soon as Jordan Roberts went off they lost their shape and we dominated for the last 20 minutes.”
Bassett managerr Jeff Roberts said: “I thought we knocked the ball around well in the first half but tired a bit in the second half.
“The concentration wasn’t there for the goals so a few heads are down, but there were good points for us.”
Elsewhere, goals from Steve Robertson and Richie Miles could not prevent Shrivenham suffering a 4-2 defeat at Oxford City Nomads, a game in which they twice held the lead.
New College got their first win of the season in Division One West with a 2-0 victory over Tuffley, with Harry Myles getting both goals.
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