HELLENIC LEAGUE: Spot-on Bassett book place in semis
5:30am Monday 14th April 2014 in By Tom Bassam, Chief sports writer
WOOTTON Bassett boss Jeff Roberts said that his side’s win in the quarter-final of the Supplementary Cup gives them something to look forward to in a season when they have little to play for.
Bassett went back down to Cheltenham on Saturday, the stage for their disappointing 2-1 defeat just five days before, and put in a vastly improved performance to win 3-0.
They will now face Brimscombe & Thrupp in the semi-finals on Thursday evening.
Saturday’s win also maintains the competive edge for the Corinium Stadium side’s season, as their league season is petering out to a lower midtable finish.
Roberts was pleased with the reaction of the players he sent out yesterday, as they were able to break a run of five games without a win.
“All round we worked harder, I just thought the last two games the players on the pitch didn’t give their all but today, especially the first 45 we did and they (Cheltenham) couldn’t cope with it,” said Roberts.
“It’s not one cup we wanted to win, but it gives us something to look forward to, if we lost today our season’s over as we’re comfortable in the league, it gives us something and hopefully we come away with a bit of silverware.”
In the last game against Cheltenham it was the tale of 12 yards, with both side’s having two opportunities to score from the spot and Bassett failing to convert one of them.
This time Bassett also got two penalties and, unlike last Monday, converted both of them. The scoring was opened by Jason Milhench, who took down a long free-kick and slotted home early in the first half. Penalty taker Kyle Rigley then took over the scoring, converting the first after a blatant handball and the second after Jordan Roberts was ploughed over in the box, both before the end of the opening period.
This meant the game was effectively over at half-time at 3-0 and, speaking after the game, Roberts thought his side could have had more.
“Last couple of games have been disappointing with the work rate on the pitch,” he said.
“We were happy today, we totally deserved it, I’m pleased for the lads, credit to them, they worked hard today and thoroughly deserved it.
“Cheltenham didn’t cause us any problems, we could have been three or four up at half-time.”