Bashley 7, Cowes Sports 1
Sydenhams Wessex Premier
Six second-half goals, including a hattrick from Dan Munday, sank the Yachtsmen and brought Bashley back on even keel after consecutive defeats.
Bashley started with an unfamiliar forward line with Tyler Rutten, replacing the injured Cameron Beard alongside Nathan Clements; whilst leading scorer, Dan Munday sat on the bench whilst recovering from his post-holiday dash from Gatwick. Hugh Dathan was back in his familiar role of wing forward, Sam Jackson stepped back to strengthen the defence whilst goalkeeper Jason Collins returned after injury.
Play in the first-half gave little indication of what was to follow; Bashley despite the changes slipped comfortably into their passing game whilst the visitors adopted the long ball. Bashley’s reorganised attack gelled from the start but it took until the 30th minute before the gates were opened. Good approach work down the left from Rutten eventually found Clements on the edge of the box and his hard, low shot, flew straight and true into the far post corner. Within a minute of the re-start Rutten had the ball in the net but was unlucky to be given offside. The first-half finished with both sides still very much in the game.
Whilst the majority were still finishing their halftime tea, Bashley scored a second and opened the floodgates: Jack Smith’s high cross from the wing being mishandled into the net by the unfortunate Ben Gearing. Some minutes later, Dan Munday came off the bench and, after giving himself five minutes to acclimatise after the excesses of Prague, scored twice in a minute! He opened procedures by latching onto Jackson’s defence splitting pass, rounding the keeper and coolly netting; followed immediately by stroking home a perfect behind-the-defence cross from the fast-striding Dathan.
Cowes were keeping to their high ball tactics but the Bash defence, under the firm direction of Dan Thompson, kept the linesman’s flag busy with a well drilled back four.
Jackson orchestrated the next goal by guiding the ball back from the goal-area into the path of the advancing Harrison White who drove it home from some distance.
The Bash monopoly was annoyingly broken when a sloppy back-pass allowed James Wykes to nip in and soil Bashley’s clean sheet.
Stung, the home side hit back, a fierce shot by Jackson was handled in the penalty area and Munday found no problem in claiming his hattrick with an unstoppable spot-kick. Whilst, at the other end, Collins was suddenly in demand and his show-stopping aerial dive would have graced a flying- circus.
Young Bashley U18 forward Brogen Sims, who came off the bench for the final minutes, made good of his game-time with a first Wessex Premier goal struck sweetly from the edge of the box.
Bashley: Collins, Smith, Jackson, Farrugia, Thompson, Rolls, Dathan, Strickland, Clements, White, Rutten
Used Subs: Munday, Sims MOM: Dan Munday
Photo: Hattrick man, Dan Munday