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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Carter confident Bassett will bounce back
CENTRE-BACK Shaun Carter insists that Wootton Bassett will get points on the board soon following a disappointing start to life in the Hellenic Premier.
Bassett lost their first two league games of the season and crashed out of the FA Cup at the extra preliminary round stage on Saturday.
That is not the way boss Jeff Roberts would have wished to open his tenure at the Corinium but Carter, 27, says results will start to come soon.
“I put our start down to the fact we’ve got a lot of new players in and we’re taking a bit of time to gel,” said Carter.
“We’ve had a couple of key players missing - Steve Yeardley has been away and Jordan Roberts has only been in for one game.
“A lot of us played for Dave (Turner) for a number of years and we’re getting used to the way the new management want us to play.
“Jeff and Drew (Youngsam, assistant) have showed their passion and we are slowly getting there. All being well we could have six points on the board come Tuesday.”
Yeardley could return for the visit to Flackwell this weekend.
“Flackwell won 9-0 on the first day of the season and are always a good side when we play them,” continued Carter.
“They always have a lot of pace up front and have a scattering of decent players.”
Bassett’s home fixture against Shrivenham has been moved to Saturday, August 31.
Meanwhile, Highworth travel to Ascot tomorrow looking to keep their positive start to the season on track.
The Worthians have taken four points from their opening two games and manager John Fisher says the next few fixtures are important.
“We’ve got three big games coming up in Ascot, Wantage and Flackwell and it will be a good yardstick for how we’re going to do,” said Fisher.
“Ascot is a lovely surface to play on so there can be no excuses this weekend, it’s probably the best playing surface in the league.
“We’ve got near-enough everyone available and we’re looking forward to going there, especially on a Saturday.
“We could have done with either the Ascot or Wantage games being at home, but so be it.”
Defender and midfielder Darren Smart will come back into the squad but Matty Horsell is unavailable.
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