Bassett face defeat in league opener
By Mark Turner
With Bassett losing the game 6-0, they will likely be disappointed with the result. However, their performance did not reflect the score line.
In their opening game of the 16/17 league campaign, Bassett faced a much improved Robinsons side from the previous season. The match, which was played at Red Maids School, pushed back at 4pm BST, with regulars Craig McLauchlin and Will Porter unavailable, therefore missing from the side.
Evenly matched in the opening stages, both teams were looking comfortable and battling for possession. However, it was the SN4 side, playing in white, who created the better chances, with Jake Nunns and Jack Twine coming close on two separate occasions. Robinsons then began to control the possession of the ball, which paid off as they controversially opened the scoring in the 15th minute of the game, which seemingly came off the attacker’s body. Nevertheless, Bassett battled on, and continued to create chances with Jakeem Lee and Mark Turner combining to create a close opportunity for the Royals. With the game finely in the balance, Robinsons capitalised on a loose ball within the D to slot it home and move 2-0 into the lead, with 9 minutes till the interval. Bassett continued to push on, and almost snatched a goal with a good ball, from right winger Matt Daniell, to the far post, which met with the stick of Martyn Chivers, who was looking to continue his fine start to the season, but the ball slid agonisingly wide of the post, hitting the side netting from a very tight angle. The half time whistle blew with Bassett 2-0 down at the interval, the score unreflective of the balance of the match.
With injuries to Martyn Chivers and Mark Turner, the SN4 side were down to a bare 11, with Mark Turner staying on the pitch to support his Bassett team-mates. The Royal pushed on in the second half, starting well. Playing on the left, Jakeem Lee weaved through the Robinsons midfield on several occasions, looking to motivate his team to grab that important goal. The Royals continued to attack, however creating only half chances for Mark Turner and Jake Nunns against a stubborn Robinsons defence. With Bassett pushing on looking for a goal, the Robins exploited the space in midfield and the tired legs, hitting Bassett on the counter several times in the second half and scoring two goals in quick succession, to move the score to 4-0 in the 55th minute. With the Bassett players deflated and drained, Robinsons continued with a plague of attacks. The exhausted Royals struggled to contain the advance, conceding in the 61st minute to a well worked goal. The Robins attacked again, with Bassett conceding a number of short corners in succession. With the game reaching the final few minutes, Bassett conceded a sixth, moving the score to 6-0. The final whistle went with the Bassett players clearly disappointed and looking exhausted. A fantastic performance from Jakeem Lee gave him a well-deserved Man of the Match award. If he can continue the form shown Saturday, he will prove a real asset to the Bassett team over the course of the season.
With Bassett losing the game 6-0, they will likely be disappointed with the result. However, their performance did not reflect the score line, and the teams were much more evenly matched than the result suggests. Missed chances, tired legs and early season hangovers were the main reasons for the defeat. However, Bassett will now need to move on from the defeat, train hard this week, and come back stronger for a home match against the City of Bath.
Come and support the Bassett players as they look to find their first win of the season and send a message to the rest of the league. 12.15 push back at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. #upthebass
- Jack Twine