HELLENIC LEAGUE: Nomads edge out Bassett
A CHANGE of formation so nearly paid dividends for Wootton Bassett but ultimately they were subjected to a 1-0 home defeat by Oxford City Nomads.
The Corinium-based side were sunk by a header from Ben Moses minutes before the interval as their winless run extended to four games.
Boss Jeff Roberts had switched the formation from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 for the Hellenic Premier fixture in an effort to quell the attacking threat of the visitors.
It was a change that largely worked well apart from the moment when the ball went in off the post from the head of Moses.
Bassett had chances themselves with the returning Shaun Terry and substitute Ryan Stanners both having a look at goal, but largely the home side were kept at arm’s length.
“It was hard to take but there were some good things that came out of it,” said Roberts.
“We changed our formation because we’ve conceded quite a few goals recently over the last few weeks, and it was encouraging.
“We looked a bit tighter at the back, we competed well and got round them quite well.
“The formation worked alright. Oxford City are right up there in the league so we knew it was going to be a tough game.
“We knew they were quite lively up front but also a bit vulnerable at the back and we played good football in some areas.
“Oxford didn’t have much going forward and we dominated them in the second half.”
Bearing the modest success of Bassett’s trial shape, Roberts felt a narrow defeat was not the result his side deserved.
And he urged his players to put in strong performances over the coming weeks as he bids to get consistency into their game.
“We were pretty unlucky not to get anything out of it, but we didn’t really take our opportunities,” he said.
“We were disappointed not to get a point and the players were a bit down at the end of the game, but it’s still early days.
“We’ve brought a lot of players in and it’s about trying to get them to settle in together.
“It was good to get a good performance behind us and it’s about consistency now.”
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