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Bassett beaten by Reading Abbey
6:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Rugby
ROYAL Wootton Bassett missed a good opportunity to secure their second victory of the Southern Counties North season, as they went down 29-22 away to Reading Abbey.
Hopes were high amongst the Bassett squad going into the weekend following their hard-fought win over Swindon College Old Boys, and despite a number of changes the visitors were still able to field a high quality side.
Bassett made a strong start to the match, quickly finding themselves in Abbey’s 22, but they could not capitalise and soon conceded the opening try of the game.
Despite suffering an early setback, Bassett rallied and soon crossed for a try from winger Grant Murdoch, while the accuracy of David Hogg’s boot made the half-time score 15-10 in Bassett’s favour.
The Ballard’s Ash outfit were unable to keep the pressure on in the second half, however, and the visitors conceded two quick tries after the restart.
Bassett survived flanker Gavin Ougan being sent to the bin and soon found themselves with a two-man advantage as a result of two quickfire yellow cards for Reading but the away side could not find the points to claw back into the contest.
After the match, backs coach Alex Norcross reflected on what could have been a good day for the Bassett side.
“At half time I was confident that we had the ability to press home our advantage and take maximum points from the weekend, but unfortunately it just did not come together,” he said. “We suffered from too many handling errors and missed tackles, which I believe ultimately cost us the game. The boys have clearly got the talent and ability to be very competitive.”
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