All Square in Wiltshire

Updated: Sep 15, 2019

The Citizens travelled to Wiltshire yesterday to take on Royal Wootton Bassett Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division and would be looking for an instant reaction following that 3-1 defeat away fo Flackwell on Tuesday night which brought our unbeaten start to the league to an end.

Both teams started brightly and it would be turn into a tough contest, with 8 minutes on the clock play was stopped as Mo Davies went down injured following being fouled by Royal Wootton Bassett Town's Tom Cole who was shown yellow. Play resumed on the 10th minute with Mo Davies given the ok to continue.

Nineteen minutes in it was The Citizens Nathan Jones who would find himself in the referees book for a foul.

In the twenty seventh minute a great clear clearance from captain Ellis Cowd, keeps the scores level at 0-0 after a dangerous ball came into the box via a free kick from Royal Wootton Bassett Town.

In the thirtieth minute Matt Stockill was spoken to by the referee for commiting a foul, but didn't find his name in the book.

The Citizens were awarded a penalty in the thirty seventh minute after Mo Davies was brought down in the box. Matt Stockill stood up to take the penalty and put The Citizens 0-1 in the thirty eight minute.

The first half would see two added minutes of stoppage time following that earlier stoppage for Mo Davies to receive treatment.

The Citizens went in at the break leading our hosts Royal Wootton Bassett Town 0-1.

Royal Wootton Bassett started the second half brightly forcing a good save out of Charlie York in the fifty fourth minute to keep the score at 0-1. Mo Davies tried to increase our lead in the fifty seventh minute with a shot from the edge of the box, however Declann Lehmann was able to catch and the ball was put back into play.

Matt Stockill was the danger man as on the hour mark he looked to add to his goal scoring tally as he took shot from the edge of the box but it goes over the bar, our hosts would then go on the counter attack and equalise with a goal from Callum Parsons.

The Citizens however would not lie down, The game was halted briefly in the sixty second minute as Tom Browne went down injured, and the game got going again in the sixty third minute with Tom Browne given the ok to continue.

In the sixty sixth minute made a change in their attacking options as Nathan Jones came off and experienced forward Yashwa Romeo entered the field of play.

In the seventieth minute Matt Stockill would find us our second goal of the afternoon to go back in front, In the seventy fifth minute The Citizens would name their second substitution, this time it would be a defensive option as Arthur Furness came off for Austin Best.

In the eighty fourth minute our hosts would find the back of the net to make the game all square yet again, there was no stopping that free kick from Caine Bradbury.

With five minutes left on the clock The Citizens made yet another substitution to change their attacking options as Nathan Shamuyarira came off for Jerry Foumboua.

In the eighty sixth minute our hosts looked for a winner with audacious shot on goal but it's well over the bar.

The referee brought proceedings to a close at Gerard Buxton Sports Ground with the score tied at 2-2 meaning both teams would earn a well earned.


Here's what First Team Manager Simon Johnson had to say following our draw:

"Leading twice and not grabbing all three is frustrating, but if we are honest after reflection, a point is a good point. Time to get to work and really kick on"



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