Shrivenham boss Gareth Davies was delighted with his side’s derby day success against Royal Wootton Bassett Town, a victory that extended their current run of wins to four.
Davies was pleased with the result but praised his side’s work ethic, a factor that he believes is the reason Shrivenham have suddenly hit form.
“I wouldn’t say dominated but I thought we were the better side and I thought we deserved it, could have and should have been a few more but it’s three points at the end of the day,” said Davies.
“It’s been frustrating the last couple of months because the group of players we have got here are probably some of the best that we have ever worked with.
“The talent in the squad is ridiculous, but sometimes that is just not enough. Sometimes you have to work a little bit harder and we haven’t been working hard and that’s why I think some of the result have been very hit or miss.
“Last three or four game we are starting to work harder all across the pitch. Everybody is giving 120 per cent. The last few weeks it has come together, hence the results have picked up a little bit.”
Goals from Steve Robertson, Antonio Gerrish and Jack Allan saw Shrivenham claim the bragging rights against Royal Wootton Bassett Town.
A scrappy first half finished 0-0 with Shrivenham arguably having the more clear cut chances to score the opener.
The breakthrough eventually arrived courtesy of a controversial penalty decision after Shrivvy’s Jack Allan was adjudged to have been fouled inside the Bassett box.
Nick Stanley stepped up to take the penalty but saw his effort saved by Matt Bulman. The rebound though fell to Steve Robertson who fired home to save Stanley’s blushes.
Bassett then came agonisingly close to levelling, denied only by a superb point-blank save from Curtis Meare and the miss proved crucial as Shrivvy doubled their lead through Antonio Gerrish.
Brad Pagliaroli then gave Bassett hope with a fantastic long-range strike but as the visitors pushed for an equaliser, Shrivvy caught them on the break, Jack Allan showing his strength to hold off the defender before rounding Bulman to score.
The win lifts Shrivenham up to fifth in the Hellenic Premier Division, meanwhile Bassett are left languishing third from bottom.
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