HELLENIC LEAGUE: Mistakes cost Bassett all the points
5:30am Monday 31st March 2014 in By Tom Bassam, Chief sports writer
WOOTTON Bassett assistant manager Drew Youngsam admitted that a lack of concentration cost his side three points as they conceded a late goal to draw 1-1 with Flackwell Heath.
Alan Corcoran had given Bassett the lead in the second half but with five minutes left on the clock a couple of defensive errors led to Ryan Millward clinically finishing from close range to earn Flackwell a point.
Having not played last Saturday or had the numbers to train this week Bassett could have expected to be out of practice but Bassett put in 99 per cent of a good performance, punctuated only by that costly defensive lapse.
Bassett’s break in concentration came after Kyle Rigley coughed up possession on the edge of the box and Steve Allison could only parry Joe Blount’s fierce shot to Millward’s feet.
Youngsam thought the goal came against the run of play and that his side were unlucky not to get the win.
“We limited their chances, and from defence to attack we did well ,I couldn’t fault the side. If we played like that the whole season we wouldn’t be where we are now,” said the Bassett assistant.
“I say to the lads we always need to concentrate for the 90 minutes, and in that split second, we didn’t.
“We haven’t had a game for a couple of weeks and didn’t train and the lads probably got tired towards the end when they scored.”
Bassett were without key names Lee Stevens, Jordan Roberts and Levi Cox but still managed to control the game, for large periods.
Bassett’s goal came when 16-year-old substitute Kalum Youngsam retrieved a short-corner and broke into the box before laying it on for Corcoran to bundle home.
With 20 minutes to hold on to the win Bassett opted to keep it tight and mostly succeeded, restricting Flackwell and their hotshot striker Adam Dickens to half chances before Millward’s equaliser.
To concede so late was a blow for Bassett but Youngsam was bouyed by their performance and is confident of more points in the coming weeks.
“We were disappointed we only got the one, but we’ve got a run of games now where we can pick up points,” he said.