FA VASE: Seven and hell for embarrassed Bassett
EMBARRASSED Wootton Bassett boss Jeff Roberts admitted none of his players performed to anything near their best as his side crashed to a humiliating 7-0 defeat to Odd Down.
The Bath side took the lead after 10 minutes and never looked back as they scored at regular intervals during the FA Vase second qualifying round clash to win at a canter.
Roberts admitted his players’ heads dropped after conceding the opening goal and despite a pep talk at half-time they were unable to get themselves back on track.
“We didn’t really play, although in the first five or 10 minutes we played well before conceding a sloppy goal, and from there the heads dropped a little,” he said.
“We had 11 players on the pitch who didn’t perform and they were all struggling, and we were sloppy and gave silly goals away at silly times.
“They took their chances, fair play to them, but we let them take their chances and it’s one of those games where we’ve turned up with no players who have performed.
“We never really got going and we had a chat with them about it at half-time, and we just weren’t on the pace and they were first to every ball really.
“It’s one we have to forget about now and get on with it, and I said to the boys at the end that I felt really sorry for the supporters who travelled with us on the bus.
“We have quality in the side but they didn’t perform, and maybe we need to bring people in, but we will see about that.
“The result was embarrassing and it could have been more, and at half-time we asked the players not to embarrass themselves and within five minutes we had conceded another goal.
“Fair play to Odd Down, they were sharper and wanted it more, although I wouldn’t say they were any better than us player for player, but they just wanted it more.”
Roberts has moved to bolster his forward line with the addition of former Shrivenham striker Richie Miles, and admitted he could consider bringing in more new players in light of their most recent results.
“Bringing Richie in means we have another striker which we badly need, and given this performance maybe we need to start looking if we need to bring more in,” he said.
“That’s for another day, but this was not acceptable because it’s an embarrassment to be beaten 7-0 because the quality we have in the team is better than that.”
- NEW College boss Rob Hopkins insisted he couldn’t fault his young players in any way despite their 2-0 FA Vase defeat to Staines Lammas.
College had the better of the opening 20 minutes of the second qualifying round tie before slipping behind after allowing a free header from a corner, and the Staines lead was doubled soon after following a good finish.
The students ran themselves into the ground and dominated much of the second period, and although they eventually fell to a defeat in what was their debut in the competition, Hopkins was pleased.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to be able to enter the Vase, and hopefully next year we can enter the FA Cup and FA Youth Cup too, and that’s a chance to play in good competitions which is great for the boys,” he said.
“I can’t imagine there are any other teams out there with an average age of 18 and an oldest player at only 19, and a number of 16-year-olds playing against a very good side. But we gave it a good go and competed for the whole 90 minutes so there’s a lot of credit which has to go to the boys because they were outstanding.
“We probably lacked a bit of quality at the back for their goals and in attack for a few chances which went missing, but their effort and the way they played was superb and they need to take a lot of praise.
“We were disappointed not to win but not with the performance, although we lacked a little bit of quality, and it’s hard to fault the players at all.”
Hopkins was expecting a physical encounter going into the match but was impressed with the way the visitors got the ball down and played.
“I was sure they would be direct but they played the game really well with plenty of older and experienced players, and what we lacked in experience we made up for in youthful enthusiasm and what they lacked in youthful enthusiasm they made up for in experience,” he said.
“They used their strengths well and played the ball round a fair bit, and it wasn’t the long ball fest I was expecting which was a good challenge for us.
“We play sides who like to get it down but a lot are direct, and maybe that’s because they try to counter the way we play, and it was good the players had the challenge of playing these good experienced players who were quite technical.”
- FAIRFORD Town’s FA Vase run came to an abrupt end as two goals in each half saw them crash to a 4-0 home defeat to Kidlington.
A first-half double from Lewis Coyle did the damage in the second qualifying round tie, with a third midway through the second-half ending any hope of a home comeback before Kidlington added a fourth in injury time.
The visitors took the lead with just 15 minutes on the clock as a long ball through from Tommy Castle ran through to Coyle who latched onto the through ball and slotted the past home keeper Ben Mitchell.
Coyle doubled the lead as his 25-yard effort deflected in past Mitchell with 40 minutes on the clock, and after the break Fairford’s first effort of the second period saw good pressure result in Henry Traas’s shot being well blocked.
Lewis Brownhill brought a superb save out of Mitchell on 51 minutes as his right footed cross was turned around the post, before boss Paul Braithwaite switched to a front three as Matt Boucher, Callum Marsall and Alex Rudd replaced Adam Smith, Jack Allan and Steve Hall.
Chances came and went for Fairford with Nathan Gambling and Rudd going close before the Reds conceded a third with 73 minutes played when substitute Tom Woodbridge capitalised on a defensive lapse to fire the ball home for the third.
Substitute Rudd was denied again on 82 minutes as Dan Drewitt’s jink in from the byline was cut out with the Fairford substitute ready to tap home.
Julius Muraga added a fourth in injury time as he latched onto a long through ball to roll the ball home to seal a first round proper place for the visitors.
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