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Bassett go one better...just!
 Women's Football Regional Premier South West News - 17 May 2019
Regional Premier South West News - Bassett go one better...just! - 17 May 2019 - Women's Football News
Royal Wootton Bassett Town can look forward to Premier Division football next season after getting the better of a two-horse title race this time around.
After last season's runners-up finish, securing the South West Women's League Eastern Division title and promotion was always the aim this year. However, Bassett suffered a setback in their second league game at home against Swindon Spitfires as they lost 2-1.
They went on to win their next fourteen games after that, a run which included a vital 2-1 win at home against Frampton Rangers, who had emerged as their most likely challengers for the title, in December. Goals from the team's top scorers Emily Arrell and Hayley Huckin secured that win.
Bassett drew their return fixture with Frampton, 1-1 at the start of March and with Frampton winning their games in hand, that meant Bassett needed seven points from their final three games to seal the title.
After a convincing 10-1 win at home against Laverstock & Ford, Bassett travelled to third placed Cheltenham Town Development in their penultimate game. A dramatic match saw Bassett held to a 1-1 draw as Cheltenham scored a last minute equaliser, having earlier missed a penalty.
As a result, Bassett needed to win their final game away against Swindon Town Development to make certain of top spot. Hayley Huckin gave them a 1-0 lead, but Swindon proved tricky opponents and hit the bar late on. A goal from Amber Egerton - one of the team's longest-serving players alongside captain Laura Jefferies - then made sure of the win and the title.
Bassett finished top by virtue of goal difference from Frampton. Bassett were the division's leading scorers with 66 goals, and, importantly, had the best defence as they only conceded ten times in the league all season.
Last season, Bassett finished level on points with Portishead Town, but finished second on goal difference. So, it was quite remarkable that they were involved in a similar situation again - however, this time they emerged as Champions.
The team is managed by Jonny House and James Goddard - both of whom are in their first season with the club. Captain Laura Jefferies has been with the club since at least the 2011-12 season and won this year's Players' Player and Manager's Player of the Year awards. Emily Arrell top the scoring charts with 27 goals (21 in the league) and Hayley Huckin contributed a further 20 (16 in the league).

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