ROYAL Wootton Bassett Town manager Sam Collier hailed a ‘great performance’ from his side despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to Binfield in the Hellenic League Premier Division.

Binfield’s Sean Moore struck just after the hour to ensure the visitors left with all three points and Bassett were consigned to their fifth defeat of the season.

But after a tricky start to the season in which – by the manager’s own admissions – Bassett were conceding too many goals, Collier felt his team performed admirably when defending their own goal on Saturday.

Collier admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for his players after one lapse in judgement meant the different between the two sides at the Gerard Buxton Sport Ground.

He said: “I thought it would be quite a scrappy game because of the weather and the wind, but the pitch was magnificent, and I thought it was a great performance from us.

“We played very well, but it was just one error between the midfield and the defence that ended up giving them the chance to sneak one in.

Other than that, they didn’t have any other chances. We worked hard and created lots of things, but unfortunately we didn’t get the rub of the green on Saturday – these things happen.”

Opponents Binfield have only lost two games out of their nine played so far this season and sit in fourth – a position that Collier feels will not be too far away from their eventual finishing spot.

The Bassett manager therefore reiterated his belief that his players should take confidence from their performance as they head into their local derby against Shrivenham on Tuesday night.

Collier said: “Binfield are a decent side, certainly. They will be in the top three or four come the end of the season with the players and the money that they’ve got, I’m sure.

“But apart from the goal, they didn’t cause any real problems. Our back four and the midfield were outstanding defensively.

“I felt a bit bad for the lads afterwards because we didn’t get anything out of the game and we certainly deserved to get something out of it.

“But we can take some positives out of it ahead of the Shrivenham game on Tuesday and we’ll certainly go into that game full of confidence.”

Elsewhere, Steve Robertson’s second-half header meant Shrivenham recorded their third win in a row – a result that bumps Gareth Davies’ men up to eighth.

Fairford Town are now second in the Hellenic Premier Division following their seventh consecutive win. Mason Thompson, Connor Thompson and Nathan Hawkins netted for Jody Bevan’s team.