Super Saturday for Bassett
Written by Jack Twine
After their first win of the season last week, Bassett faced another tricky home fixture against a Firebrands side only a point above them in the table. Bassett were sitting 11th in the league on four points, while Firebrands were just above them on five, making this an important fixture for both sides. Chris Lambert came back into to the heart of midfield for the unavailable Mark Tolley.
The Match pushed back at 1.45pm at the Academy, with freezing winds unable to deter the spectators. The game started in a balanced fashion, with both sides playing toe to toe producing a very even start. However, the balance in play didn’t stop Bassett creating chances. The first of which fell to Martyn Chivers, who nearly converted at the back post after a cross from Striker, Mark Turner. The balance of play continued, but it was Bassett who made the breakthrough in the 15th minute of the match. Possession was neatly passed to Jake Nunns who swiftly fired the ball towards the left post, where an eagerly waiting Matt Daniell deflected the ball past the Firebrands keeper to give Bassett the lead. The game continued to flow in equal measure, both teams managing to create chances. In the 21st minute, Firebrands created a good opportunity for their number five, who shot from the top D which was put narrowly wide of the post. Towards the end of the second half, Bassett created a difficult chance for Martyn Chivers at the back post. The ball was crossed into the D, only to take a deflection, which pushed the ball passed Chivers at the post. The halftime whistle blew with Bassett leading 1-0 in a close match.
As the second half began, the Royals started the better of the two opposition. In the 38th minute, Matt Daniell combined well with Jake Nunns, the latter shooting from the Top of the D, firing the ball low into the corner of the goal, to move the score to 2-0. Bassett, now flowing with confidence, continued to press the opposition. The Bassett press resulted in mistakes from the Firebrands side. After pressing the opposition in their final third, the Firebrands left-half passed the ball towards an oncoming Mark Turner. With Turner in the D, he hit the ball first time on his reverse side into the net, giving the opposition keeper no chance, and moving the score to 3-0 with 20 minutes to play. In the final stages, it was Firebrands who pushed forward, with Bassett happy to absorb the pressure to protect their 3-0 lead. Firebrands managed to create a few opportunities, one of which was well saved by Bassett goalkeeper, Jack Rose, to his left. Firebrands then won three successive short corners, only to prevail, as the Bassett backline stood resolute. As Firebrands desperately tried to push forward, Bassett defended well, frustrating their opposition and stopping them from creating any real chances. The Bristol side ran out of ideas. The final whistle went with the score 3-0, and Bassett claiming their first clean sheet of the season.
A joint Man of the Match award was given to Jake Nunns and Chris Lambert, with the former producing some excellent attacking play to open up the opposition, and the latter providing that defensive cover required keep out the Firebrands attacks. Bassett can be delighted with the result and their performance. Two wins in a row will give Bassett much confidence and they have now moved to 7th in the table. Hopefully they can continue this run of form over the coming weeks, including next weekend, where they face a double header against Team Bath on Saturday and an away trip on Sunday to Cleevillians in the cup. #upthebass