HELLENIC LEAGUE: Roberts satisfied with routine Bassett win
5:30am Monday 17th March 2014 in By Tom Bassam, Chief sports writer
JEFF Roberts was satisfied with Wootton Bassett’s performance as they saw off Penn & Tylers Green 3-1 to reach the quarter-final of the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Challenge Cup.
The Division One East side hardly challenged Premier Division Bassett and only scored from a mistake by Bassett ‘keeper Steve Allison.
Levi Cox got a double to end his recent scoring drought, with Lee Stevens getting the final goal late on.
Cox earned his first during the opening period. Winning the ball out wide the forward drove into the area and drew a foul from the Penn defender to give himself a chance from the spot - which he slotted home cooly.
Cox’s second was a poacher’s effort from close range late in the first half. Cox popping up in the right place to finish from a Bassett long throw that was flicked on in the box.
Stevens got Bassett’s third from similar range, finding the net from six yards following a deep cross as the game neared its conclusion.
Roberts felt the result was no more than Bassett deserved but was disappointed with some of his side’s play.
“They never caused us any problems really, it was quite a comfortable win that could have been five or six to be honest,” Roberst told the Advertiser.
“We had a lot more time than we thought on the ball. The problem was the players were trying to do more than what they should, rather than keeping it simple.
“At times you can get dragged down to their level, making it harder than perhaps it should have been, it’s just a shame we conceded really.”
Roberts was pleased for Cox to get his brace and hoped the goals would rebuild some of the confidence he might have lost in his recent barren run.
“Levi hasn’t scored for a while so that (performance) should give him some confidence, which he needed a bit.”
The Bassett boss was careful to check any harsh words and reflect on what was a comfortable win.
“I can criticise and criticise but we did alright and we’re through to the next round.”