Royal Wootton Bassett Town recorded their first home win of the season on Saturday when downing Flackwell Heath 2-1 at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground. Writes Shaun Reynolds Sports Writer for The Swindon Advertiser
Second half strikes by Terence Bohane and Giogio Wrona earned the underperforming side their third uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division win of the season. Frustratingly, three points were never going to lift Bassett up the table – though they are now seven points clear of bottom sides Brimscombe & Thrupp and Holmer Green.
Bassett play Holmer Green at home next Saturday, so a chance for manager Sam Collier to record what would be Bassett’s second back-to-back win of the season has unquestionably presented itself. He said:
“We’ve massively underachieved this season, without a shadow of a doubt.
“We added a lot of quality to the squad during the summer, but we’ve lacked a bit of endeavour. But we saw that endeavour on Saturday in abundance from one to 15. There were some great performances. Credit to the ground staff too. Our pitch is second to none in this league. I’m delighted with the surface we are able to play on.”
Collier asked for a little more endeavour from his players in the build up to Saturday’s game, and he praised his entire squad for the way in which they reacted to his calls. Defensively, Bassett held off a number of openings for Flackwell, while up front Bohane and Wrona’s strikes confirmed what proved to be a deserved victory.
Collier added: “We made a couple of changes, we brought in a couple of teenagers – one 16 the other 17. We asked for a little bit more from everybody, that’s myself included. If everyone can give that extra 10 per cent then we hoped that we’d be able to get something out of the game. We started really brightly before Flackwell Heath got back into it. What we haven’t done in recent weeks is stay in the game when other teams have enjoyed spells of possession. But we did that on Saturday. We defended fantastically well and scored two good goals in the second half. I was disappointed we conceded at the end, more so because the lads deserved a clean sheet. But, more importantly, we got three points.”