April 20, 2021

Bassett boss wanted to continue season but says decision to curtail Hellenic League is “probably the right one”

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Royal Wootton Bassett boss Sam Collier revealed his side voted to continue the Hellenic League season but ultimately understands the decision to curtail the 2020-21 season.

There will however be a chance for Bassett to play some competitive football int he coming months with the Hellenic League set to organise a cup competition which will run until May.

Ultimately though the decision was disappointing for Collier, who said: “It was disappointing but probably the right thing to do, the fact we had 27 games league games to go and only a couple months to do it. We wanted to continue based on the players that we had and that we’d only played seven matches.

“We have had the opportunity to play in a competitive competition from the Hellenic, So we’ve accepted that.”

Bassett’s Development side have also had their Wiltshire Senior League season curtailed but will get the chance to play in a localised cup competition.

Collier admitted that playing matches behind closed doors was probably a huge factor in clubs voting to curtail the season with the chance to generate revenue from spectators lost.

He added: “I think that was probably a big factor in not restarting the season. Lots of clubs needs their bars and tea huts even if you get 50-60 fans through the door to be able to charge a fiver or so for a programme and a burger is how clubs operate.”

During the down time the club has been raising money for Brighter Futures charity by pitting its Senior, Ladies, Youth and Veterans sections against one another in a virtual fundraising race around the 92 Premier League and EFL grounds.

Using the hashtag #rwbtfc92 on social media helps raise awareness for the cause which the link can be found here.

https://brighterfutures.enthuse.com/pf/rwbtfc92

Click on the video below to watch this interview.

Interview by Your Sport’s George Stratford.

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