HELLENIC LEAGUE: Wootton Bassett bask in derby day win
WOOTTON Bassett secured derby glory at the second attempt this season after easing to a 3-0 win over Shrivenham in the Hellenic Premier.
Bassett, who blew a lead when they were beaten by Highworth just over a fortnight ago, managed to hold on after hitting the front this time.
A first-half effort from Jordan Roberts and further goals from Sam Packer and Sean Bailey in the second period meant Shrivvy boss Dave Turner’s return to his former club was at least in a footballing sense, a disappointing one.
Bassett forged ahead after nine minutes at the Corinium when Jordan Roberts laid the ball out to Ryan Stanners on the flank and the former New College man knocked into the area for Roberts to fire home.
Minutes after the resumption, Packer combined with Sam Ockwell and the former player side-footed crisply beyond Shrivvy loan keeper Josh Helm.
The win was wrapped up when Tyler Sheppard crossed into the box and following a scramble, Bailey rammed into the net.
Bassett boss Jeff Roberts, whose side are now unbeaten in three games, said it was a difficult match to get through but added that the three points were well-earned.
“It was a bit of a scrappy game, there wasn’t a lot of football played and plenty of misplaced passes,” he said.
“We went 1-0 up and it got scrappy and both sides were cancelling each other out.
“We had a chat with the at half time and told the players to calm down because they had more time on the ball than they thought.
“It still wasn’t the best of games in the second half, but we got the second goal and then their heads went down.
“Sean Bailey got the third and I think it was a deserved win, and it was nice to pick up a clean sheet as well.”
Despite the result, Roberts is poised to make a seven-day approach for a mystery forward as he looks to beef up his attacking options.
“We still need to bring in another striker, I think we are lacking up front a bit,” he said.
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