Game 4: Royal Wootton Bassett Town 0.4 Bashley (FA Vase) 15.09.18
This was the nearest FA Vase tie at a new ground and an opportunity to add another Wiltshire ground to my list – for some reason I thought I’d been here in the past so never ticked the old ground. Alan joined me for this Hellenic v Wessex fixture and after a short drive we popped into the excellent clubhouse for lunch.
The game started with a few chances at each end. Bashley looked more composed on the ball and it wasn’t a surprise when they took the lead. A free kick was floated into the area and a Bashley head clipped the ball over the keeper and in under the bar. It took ten minutes to double the lead, a shot deflected off the keeper and nicely into the path of a Bashley player who couldn’t miss an open goal from short range. Just before halftime the tie was effectively over when a curving shot went across the goal from the right and in off the post.
Both teams and assistants were ready to start the second half on time but there was no sign of the referee for several minutes. Royal Wootton Bassett Town had a couple of half chances, the best of which was a cross that was headed wide. At the other end their keeper had to be out quickly to make a low save as a Bashley striker beat the offside trap. The ball rolled out to the edge of the area and a follow up Bashley shot was cleared by a defender. Bashley broke through again and the same striker took the ball around the keeper at the edge of the area only for the keeper to bring him down. Despite complaints from the visitors, the referee correctly gave a free kick and booked the keeper. From the free kick Bashley looked like they would cross the ball into the area but it was cut back to the edge of the area. It was a clever free kick as at the ball went to an oncoming team mate who placed a hard low shot into the back of the net with the home keeper unsighted.