ROYAL Wootton Bassett Ladies jumped up to second in the South West Women’s Premier Division on Sunday after coming from behind to defeat Bideford 2-1 at home.

Bassett joint-manager Jonny House took great pride in his side’s aggression and intensity during the second half as Lauren Kayll and Hayley Huckin notched the hosts’ two goals to seal the win and move them onto 12 points from five fixtures this season.

It leaves Bassett just three points short of table-topping Callington with two fixtures in hand.

And House, alongside assistant boss James Goddard, has been pleased by his team’s tactical awareness throughout the season so far when the going has got tough.

House said: “With other games being postponed, we knew this was an ideal chance for us to get some points on the board.

“Our performance was good, although we had some words at half-time about playing with a bit more aggression and intensity.

“The players gave us exactly that in the second half, and to win 2-1 was handy.

“But credit to Bideford too. They pushed us really hard after travelling a long way.”

In order to extend Bassett’s purple patch, they must once again overcome their Devon rivals this weekend in the return fixture.

Sunday’s game will mark Bassett’s only back-to-back fixture against the same team this term, and House knows his troops must match Bideford one-to-one if another three points are to be secured.

House added: “Bideford matched our formation, and one-to-one, we will have to be better than them.

“We know what Bideford are all about now, and it will be interesting to see how they shape up having played them a week earlier in the same competition.”

Postponed games elsewhere in the division have further complicated the league table’s reading – with Portishead Town playing only one fixture, while table-topping Callington have appeared seven times.

Encouragingly, not one of Bassett’s games have been called off this term despite relentless rain of late.

And House applauded the club’s voluntary ground staff for delivering a pitch suitable for play hours after Bassett men faced Brackley in the Hellenic League.

House added: “On Sunday, it barely looked like the pitch had been played on.

“It’s got quite firm ground underneath, and there’s proper drainage.

“Credit to everyone involved, they’ve done an excellent job.”

Elsewhere, Swindon Town Women’s visit to Buckland Athletic in FA Women’s National League Division One South West was postponed due to heavy rain.