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Royal Wootton Bassett Town
Wantage Town Football Club
Wed 17 Jan 19:45 - Cup Full time Attendance 36

First Team Though To League Cup Quarter Finals

Late Flurry Of Goals Sees Wantage Through

Wantage progressed to the quarter-finals of the Hellenic League Challenge Cup with what ended up as a convincing 5-1 win at Royal Wootton Bassett Town.

With nothing between the teams for the first 70 minutes it was a different story after Jack Dunmall put The Freds ahead on 72 minutes, and doubled the advantage five minutes later.

Ben Willoughby’s quality finish on 80 minutes put the game beyond doubt before sub Joe Grant notched his first goal of the season four minutes later.

A Lewis Waldron effort for the hosts on 86 minutes gave them brief respite, but a minute later ex Bassett striker Steve Robertson was on hand to notch his 31st goal of an impressive campaign, and his fourth against his former club with the second league meeting yet to come.

Royal Wootton Bassett Town: Dan Lawrence, Adam Cocoran, Mason Hathaway, Steve Yeardley © (Callum Wright 69), Chris Jackson (Sam Collier 80), Jonny Aitkenhead, Ryan Withers (Martin Johnson 69), Kai Robinson, Lewis Waldron, Gio Wrona, Dale Richards. Subs n/u: Ben Lodge, Harvey Scholes

Wantage Town: Curtis Meare, Dan Comer, Ben Willoughby, Mark Threlfall (Sam Sheppard 83), Chris Jackson ©, Bradley Cox, Ryan Markham, Jim Glover (Joe Grant 70), Steve Robertson, Jack Dunmall, Jack Powell (Paul Alder 61).

Referee: Tom Staten
Attendance: 36

Late collapse spells cup exit
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Wednesday 17 January 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 17 January 2018 at 22:47)

Royal Wootton Bassett Town conceded five goals in the final twenty minutes of their Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup tie as they were routed 5-1 by Wantage Town.

For the second game in a row Royal Wootton Bassett Town shipped five second half goals, as a 5-1 Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup loss against Wantage Town reduced their interests for the remainder of the season to just the Floodlit Cup and a battle for a top half place in the Hellenic League Premier Division.

It was also the second time this season that Bassett had seen a positive half time position descend into a heavy defeat against the Alfredians.

Much as was the case in their league meeting in November, the two teams cancelled each other out in the opening period and really it should have been anyone's game in the second half.

While the scores remained deadlocked until the 72nd minute, the floodgates opened once Jack Dunmall put the visitors in front.

Six minutes later, the same player doubled Wantage's advantage before Ben Willoughby put the outcome beyond doubt.

They didn't stop there though.

With seven minutes to go, Joe Grant rubbed further salt in the wounds, and though Lewis Waldon would pull one back for the hosts Bassett were unable to even have the pyrrhic award of notching the game's final goal.

That came courtesy of Steve Robertson in the 87th minute as he scored his fourth of the season against his former club.

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