FA CUP: ‘Embarrassing’ Bassett bow out at first hurdle
WOOTTON Bassett boss Jeff Roberts slammed his side’s FA Cup performance as ‘a bit of an embarrassment’ after Totton & Eling triumphed 2-0 at the Corinium.
In a game of few chances, goals from Joey Herbert and Adam Lowther early in the second half sent Bassett out at the extra preliminary round stage.
For Roberts it was an afternoon to forget and the manager said his players only had themselves to blame for the result.
“Totton didn’t really cause us any problems and will probably be the worst side we play this season,” said Roberts.
“We caused our own problems by making silly mistakes and dawdling on the ball.
“We should be beating sides like Totton easily but we just didn’t seem up for the game. We made them look like a reasonable side by our own mistakes.
“It’s just not acceptable and we told the players that. It was a bit of an embarrassment how we performed.”
Bassett - who reached the second qualifying round of the FA Cup last season - were well short of those standards this time out.
The visitors forged ahead five minutes after the restart, when Jon Brock’s searching cross found Swindon-based Herbert and he half-volleyed into the net.
Totton grabbed their second on the hour as Lowther slotted Beng’yela Ngwa’s through-ball past keeper Luke Kuczynski.
Bassett, who have brought in midfielder Sam Packer from Cirencester, have no game tonight as their Hellenic Premier fixture at Binfield has been postponed.
The Moles facing an FA Cup replay against Flackwell Heath instead.
Meanwhile, Fairford completed the clean sweep of local Hellenic League clubs to go out of the FA Cup as they were beaten 2-1 by higher-division Bracknell.
Garry Sargeant set up Ben Knight for Bracknell’s first-half opener which came against the run of play.
Tom Barratt doubled the lead just after the hour mark, before Dan Drewitt pulled one back for the visitors late on.
Fairford boss Paul Braithwaite said: “I’m gutted, especially after the way we played in the first half.
“We looked more up for it than Bracknell did and dominated from the word go.
“Beforehand we thought we were going to have a real fight on our hands to be in the game, but we created the majority of the chances in the first half.
“They got an absolutely roasting from their manager at half-time and although we wanted to keep things tight, unfortunately we conceded two sloppy goals.
“Apart from one shot that they had, we dominated the last 30 minutes. I think a draw would have been a fair result but unfortunately that’s not the way it was.”
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