6:00am Monday 2nd September 2013
By Ned Payne
SHRIVENHAM boss Dave Turner admitted that former club Wootton Bassett fully-deserved their victory in the Hellenic Premier clash between the sides on Saturday.
Jordan Roberts, Sam Packer and Sean Bailey struck at the Corinium to seal a 3-0 win and make it seven points out of a possible nine in the last three games.
Turner, who left Bassett for Barrington Park this summer, said his old side were well-worth three points and admitted Shrivvy were lacking a cutting edge in the final third.
“Bassett were the better team, it’s as simple as that,” he said.
“It was a typical derby game and they were up for it a little bit more all over the pitch, but that’s not to be down on my players because we’ve come a long way in a short space of time.
“They took their goals well and we didn’t create much, which is unlike us. Even against some of the best teams in the league we created three or four chances, but this time we didn’t look like opening them up.
“I put them out there and chose the formation, so I take the blame as far as that goes.
“We can have no complaints. The players are still trying to take on board what I’m asking of them and we came up a little bit short.”
Turner has previously conceded that he was hurt by the manner of his departure from Bassett, but said that he was genuinely touched by the way he was received at the Corinium.
“I had a terrific reception from everyone - from the physio to the kitman to the people that watch Bassett every week,” he said.
“Every one of them made a point of coming up and shaking my hand and that made the day for me.
“I was treated superbly and I really appreciated that. I take my hat off to everyone at Bassett and other than the result, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
Turner threw in 17-year-old keeper Josh Helm for his debut, the teenager having completed a one-month loan move from Swindon Town in the week.
And although Helm endured a difficult time between the sticks on his Shrivvy bow, Turner backed the youngster to produce over the next few weeks.
“I’m very grateful to Swindon Town for letting us have Josh as he is a decent young keeper,” said Turner.
“It was a difficult one for him to come in for a local derby, especially as men’s football is different to what he has been playing.
“I hope he enjoyed the experience and he is going to be a real asset going forward.”
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