HELLENIC LEAGUE: Five-star Bassett thump bottom side Burnham

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Royal Wootton Bassett swept aside bottom of the table Burnham with a comfortable 5-1 victory at the Gerrard Buxton Sports Ground, writes Josh Bird.

The three points for Bassett leaves them in fifth place in a tightly packed Hellenic Premier Division table, and boss Rich Hunter was pleased with how his side performed.

“Burnham were certainly a better side than I thought,” Hunter said.

“They played some nice football, they’ve signed a couple of new players and a new management team but I was very impressed with my players today.

“We took our chances, scored five goals which were all different goal scorers which was very pleasing for me.

“I was disappointed we couldn’t keep a clean sheet, it was a bit of a lapse of concentration which cost the goal but overall I’m very pleased.”

Dale Richards got the ball rolling when he fired in after Steve Robertson’s shot rebounded off the bar.

And it was soon 2-0 after Steve Olphert guided in a Henry Spalding cross to take Bassett into the break with a comfortable lead.

Spalding then got on the score sheet when he picked out the bottom corner before Robertson grabbed his ninth of the season to extend the lead.

But Bassett were punished after a counter attack led to Cheyenne Cripps netting a consolation prior to Lewis Thompson rounding off the scoring, converting Robertson’s cutback.

“I thought the front four were excellent,” Hunter said.

“Steve Robertson, Lewis Thompson, Henry Spalding and Dale Richards, all of them were very good and very clinical.

“They were very good going forward, particularly on the counter-attack, and we were rewarded with some very good goals.”

Wootton Bassett now turn their attention to Wiltshire Cup action on Tuesday with a home tie against Purton.

“It will be a derby and the County Cup is something that we want to do well in,” Hunter said.

“It was one of the targets for the season to do well in it, the last two games we’ve won and scored a lot of goals so we’re going into it with a lot of confidence.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Highworth Town were narrow 1-0 home winners over Brackley Town Saints.

Ryan Stanners grabbed his fifth goal of the season on 18 minutes to give the Worthians the lead.

Highworth had to play for half an hour with ten men but dug deep to secure a sixth win of the season.

In Division One West, Fairford Town remained hot on the heels of league leaders Hook Norton after beating New College 6-0.

After an opening day defeat to Abingdon United, Fairford have now won seven league matches on the spin but boss Gareth Davies is convinced there is still more to come from his players.

“It could’ve been more goals today,” Davies said.

“At times it was a bit like a training match, they’re young lads and they try to play football in the correct manner which I’ve got a lot of time for but we had to be patient and break them down.

“A lot of teams come here and try to shut up shop so we just need to be patient and open teams up and when we get the chances we need to put them away.

“I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t get a few more goals but at the end of the day I can’t complain.”

Fairford took a commanding lead into the interval after goals from Jason Milhench, Lee Smith and Luke Cordery.

And it was more of the same after half time as Milhench completed a hat-trick and Ben Saunders headed home to get on the score sheet.

“Jason Milhench got three today and again I thought he was outstanding,” Davies said.

“It’s not just centre forwards that are putting the ball in the net, everyone is chipping in.

“It takes a bit of pressure off the lads up top and that’s good because Morsey (Josh Morse) can’t buy a goal at the minute!”

Fairford will get to test themselves against higher-league opposition in midweek as Longlevens visit Cinder Lane in the GFA Challenge Trophy, an encounter Davies is relishing.

“We want to give ourselves a bit of a benchmark by playing against decent sides,” he said.

“They are an established side now and we want to see how we do against a team in a higher division, it is a good test for us.”

Meanwhile, Purton were 3-1 home winners over Woodstock Town.

Purton took the lead with a penalty in the opening minute before the visitors scored a penalty of their own to restore parity before half time.

But two further goals in the second half secured Purton the three points, moving them into sixth in the league.

Shrivenham were 2-0 winners in the Berks & Bucks Cup, with goals from Jamie Prictor and Rob Lincoln securing progress into the third round.