Cricklade playing well enough to climb the league

First published in Sport

Hellenic Div 1 West.

Wootton Bassett 1 Cricklade Town 1.

ON A wet Rylands pitch, a home draw for Bassett dented their league title prospects, while Cricklade who will rued the missed first-half chances.

In the opening half, Bassett caused problems with Bennett’s pace which resulted in numerous corners but still couldn’t force Cricklade keeper Devon Brown into making any saves.

Cricklade then grew in confidence and started to create chances. Ben Carter was put through by Jack Allan but as he passed the keeper he slipped and could only watch as his strike was cleared off the line.

Then Ryan Thomas struck the ball straight at the Bassett keeper from close range after a Jamie McLaughlin cross from the left. In the dying minutes, another McLaughlin cross was pulled back for Allan to fire high and wide.

Early in the second half, Cricklade took the lead as Povey sent Carter down the left touchline and his squared ball was fired home by Allan.

Bassett then stepped up their game and equalised five minutes later when Adam Smith slipped in the conditions and Barnes was through to slide the ball under Brown.

Both teams had chances to win the game only to be denied by good saves at end.

Cricklade chairman Alisdair Ross said: “It was a good performance and just shows where we should be in the league.

“In the first half we had three great chances and could have been a couple up by half-time. Bassett only troubled us from set pieces.

“In the second half, we took the lead and just needed to keep the lead for 10-15 minutes to settle the game down, but a mix-up costs us an equaliser.

“Hopefully, the players can push on from our recent wins and move us up the table. We have a lot of games in hand and we need to start picking up the wins our performances deserve.”

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