All Square at the Academy
All Square at the Academy
Coming off the back of last week’s 6-0 loss, the Bassett players were keen to put that behind them and get a result against a newly promoted City of Bath side looking to get their second win of the season. This week Bassett players Dan Jeffery, Will Fieldsend, Mark Tolley and Rob Appleby made their first start in this year’s league campaign.
The match was played at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy with a 1.45pm BST push back, with Bassett playing in their traditional Navy blue kit, and City of Bath wearing red. The opening ten minutes had spectators on the edge of their seat, with both teams starting well in attack. Bath made the early breakthrough with some fantastic skill from the number 7, dribbling through the Bassett defence and sliding the ball into the back of the net in only the third minute of the match. However, the Bassett players responded well, looking for the equaliser, they pushed forward. After a well worked attack, Mark Turner squared the ball to a diving Rob Appleby who converted, bringing the score level in the seventh minute. After scoring their first league goal of the season, the Bassett players were full of confidence, now playing some fine hockey. In the ninth minute, Will Fieldsend played a good through ball to Jake Nunns who provided a well-timed finish to move Bassett in to the lead with the score now sitting at 2-1. However, City of Bath almost immediately responded with some good attacking play leading to an opportunity for the City of Bath striker who guided a close range finish to move the score to 2-2. With all this happening in only the opening ten minutes, it was important Bassett got a firm grip on the game to prevent any further flurry of goals. And that they did, with Bassett continuing to press the City of Bath high up the pitch, they managed to create number of chances to take the lead. After pinching the ball in the Bath half, Bassett hit them on the break, with Rob Appleby coming close on one occasion, only to be denied by the opposition goalkeeper. Bassett continued to push forward with chances falling to Will Fieldsend and Martyn Chivers, both narrowly missing the target. However, with Bassett pushing high up the pitch, the City of Bath hit them on the counter attack, producing a one-on-one opportunity against Bassett keeper Jack Rose. Rose responded with a terrific save to deny the opposition striker, and keep the scores level at the interval.
With the game finely in the balance the second half kicked off. Bath started the better of the two opponents, winning a short corner in the 37th minute, to be denied by Jack Rose in the Bassett goal, with the rebound being ferociously hit by the City of Bath number 22, there was nothing Rose could do. However, with Captain Brendon Tilling guarding the far post, he managed to produce a fine goal line save to ensure the scores remained level. The game continued with both teams playing some fine hockey. However, Bath continued to win short corners, and Bassett continued to deny them through some fantastic goalkeeping and fantastic defending by the SN4 side. Bassett continued to create chances in the second half, winning a short corner in the sixty second minute which Matt Daniell flicked agonisingly wide of the top let corner. City of Bath then produced a fantastic opportunity to take the lead, only to be denied by an in-form Jack Rose, who made the initial save diving to his left and managed to jump up quickly to save the second off his helmet and send it flying over the bar. With Bassett producing some slick hockey, chances were bound to come in the final minutes. After some good play form left winger Jakeem Lee, Mark Turner produced a calm finish, going around the keeper, to give Bassett the lead with three minutes to play. The Royals, with only minutes till their first win of the season, soaked up the City of Bath pressure, only to concede an unlucky short corner in the 69th minute. This presented a fantastic opportunity for the City of Bath to equalise with only one minute of play to go. The City of Bath number 7, who scored the first for bath, equalised with a well finished goal from the top D. The final whistle went with the 3 points snatched from Bassett in only the final moments.
The SN4 side can take a lot from their performance this week. Some outstanding goalkeeping earning Jack Rose a well-deserved Man of the Match award, keeping Bassett in the game on several occasions. The result was probably the right one from the swing of play, even though Bassett will be likely disappointed not to claim the three points. However, there was some promising play from the Royals, which they can take into their next match against Mid-Somerset 1pm BST at the Blue School where they will be looking for their first win of the season. #upthebass
- Jack Twine