HELLENIC LEAGUE PREMIER: Roberts frustrated by Wootton Bassett performance (From Swindon Advertiser)
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HELLENIC LEAGUE PREMIER: Roberts frustrated by Wootton Bassett performance
WOOTTON Bassett boss Jeff Roberts was disappointed that certain members of his side did not perform for the whole 90 minutes in the 1-1 Hellenic Premier draw at Ascot.
Roberts felt Bassett were well off their best in the first period against a home outfit that took a 1-0 lead in to the break thanks to Jon Bennett.
Soon after the resumption, striker Levi Cox converted from the spot to give the visiting side a share of the spoils, their third draw in four away league games this season.
“It’s another point away from home, but we could have sneaked it to be honest,” said Roberts.
“We didn’t really come out of the changing room and didn’t pick up on a corner that they scored from early on, which put us under the cosh.
“It seemed that in the first half there were some players who were hiding and not giving us 100 per cent.
“We had a chat with them at half-time and asked individual players what their issues were, and we came out in the second half and were much better.
“EIther side could have sneaked it but we dominated the majority of the game.”
Ascot might have gone in front with just five minutes played, but Sam Packer cleared off the line after Daryl McLean’s delivery deflected awkwardly off Adam Corcoran.
Bassett keeper Luke Kuczynski then palmed Matt Jones’ effort wide and moments later the hosts forged ahead as a low McLean corner was steered in at the near post by Bennett.
Sam Ockwell twice let fly from range as the visitors attempted to reply, but Kuczynski remained under fire from the Ascot front three.
Just after the half hour the keeper palmed a low cross to Jones before punching away the rebound and Jones forced another save from the stopper following a Bennett cutback. A last-ditch Adam Corcoran tackle then deflected Bennett’s curling shot over.
Bassett were level minutes into the second half, as Ryan Stanners broke down the right and played a one-two with Steve Yeardley before being tripped in the box, and Cox swept into the top-left corner from the spot.
Seconds later, Packer raced on to a Corcoran pass and squared for Alex Rigley, who forced keeper Chris Grace to parry away at full stretch.
Kuczynski got a fingertip to Jermaine Roberts’ rising shot before Cox came close to a second, sending a low shot towards the bottom corner that Grace clawed round the post.
Ockwell’s blushes were spared when the ball bobbled inches wide when he smashed the ball into defender Craig Bowden in the Bassett penalty area.
Substitute Lewis Chatwin then fired against the near post from a tight angle before Roberts could only direct straight into the gloves of Kuczynski.
Chatwin later scuffed wide from 12 yards before Ascot remonstrated with the referee after the final whistle, resulting in Dave Hoar receiving a red card.
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