LEVI Cox scored with the last kick of the game to give Wootton Bassett Town a 2-1 win over Shrivenham in their Hellenic Premier Division derby at Barrington Park on Saturday, writes CHRISTOPHER PANKS.
Dan Drewett handed the hosts an early lead before Dan Lardner missed the opportunity to equalise from the spot.
Bassett were back on level terms after the restart through Tyler Sheppard and the visitors’ prolonged second-half pressure produced a winner with the last attack of the match from a corner kick.
Bassett boss Jeff Roberts said: “As the game went on it seemed more and more likely to end in a draw. But we’ve conceded some late goals, so today we’ve had a bit of luck.
“We had to have a few words at half time, and some of the players woke up after that. I thought we were poor in the first half, but we’re happy to have come away with three points, but having conceded so early we’d probably have been happy with one.”
The hosts took the lead after only six minutes through Drewett’s stunning first-time strike from the edge of the area, which flew into the top corner giving Bassett keeper Steve Allison no chance.
Less than 10 minutes later, Bassett could have been level when Scott Scanlon hacked down Cox as he entered the area and the referee awarded a penalty kick.
Lardner stepped up, but hit his low penalty against the post to leave Bassett still trailing. After surviving this scare, Shrivvy continued to have the better of the opening half and after 20 minutes Matt Bown’s shot from distance forced a smart double save from Allison as Drewett followed in hoping to take advantage of any spills.
After the break Bassett looked more attacking and soon that mentality bore fruit in the shape of Sheppard’s equaliser. Jordan Roberts found space from a long throw and shot from distance and, though Louie La Touche made a a good save, the keeper couldn’t hold it and Sheppard tapped in the rebound.
Bassett continued to push and looked most likely to score in the second period, in which Shrivenham struggled to get out of their own half, let alone create any chances.
Lardner’s shot from distance tested La Touche, while Mani Randhawa’s header from a corner looped just wide. When La Touche maintained parity with another good one on one save from Fraser Joyce late on it seemed a winner wasn’t coming but, from the resulting corner, Cox’s flick trickled over the line to give the visitors the win.
Shrivvy boss Dave Turner was distraught to concede with the final kick. “I’m gutted for my players,” he said. “They didn’t deserve that, a draw would have been a fair result. But conceding with the last kick of the game, there’s no way of getting back. They did to us in the second half, what we did to them in the first. That’s football.”