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Bassett see off Old Boys to open account
WOOTTON Bassett bounced back from their heavy opening day defeat to beat local rivals Swindon College Old Boys 19-17.
David Theodore-Hogg scored all the Bassett points with a converted try and four penalties, while Liam Spillane and Stuart Knight crossed for Old Boys who had a chance to win it with a late penalty which narrowly missed the target.
Bassett chief Alan Low was pleased to see his players learn their lesson from the 66-5 defeat at High Wycombe, but insisted there is still plenty more work to do.
“It was a better performance than last week which was good, and we had a few guys who came up with good individual displays after we went into our shells a little against High Wycombe,” he said.
“We responded to that well and showed a good mentality, and we didn’t take a backwards step all day which is a big improvement from where we were the week before.
“The performance was still a little scrappy and we had four or five opportunities which we missed out on in the final few passes, but College showed some really spirit because they had a few guys in the bin.
“They showed a great spirit and a lot of credit has to go to them, and they could have won the game in the last minute with a penalty but thankfully they missed.”
Old Boys chairman Martin Peaple was also pleased with his players’ display in only their second game following promotion, but insisted they had only themselves to blame for the defeat.
“We are disappointed really and we have to look at ourselves because we gave away too many penalties while under pressure, and if we are getting to Christmas and looking back we only have ourselves to blame,” he said.
“We had various sin bins and could have stolen it at the end, and it was only at the end Bassett sneaked in front.
“We scored two tries to their one, but after we got promoted we need to wise up a little bit and get a win under our belt.”
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