Bashley 6 AFC Portchester 0
Buildbase FA Vase 1st Qual Rd
A goal in the opening minute set Bashley on their way to an emphatic victory against Wessex League rivals AFC Portchester in Round 1 of the Buildbase FA Vase.
Almost straight from the kick-off, Bash midfielder, Harrison White, unleashed a cannonball of a shot that Portchester keeper, Tom Price, did well to get behind but couldn’t hold; the resulting rebound was swept-up and netted by the alert Nasim Meddah. Bashley continued to attack with Tony Rolls going close with a header, Meddah just failing to fool the keeper with back-flick from a Dan Munday cross whilst White fashioned another pile-driver- but this time Price at full stretch saved well.
A goal looked on the cards, and when it came it was from a surprising quarter; wing-back Jack Smith burst from centre-midfield, outpaced the startled Royal’s defence, drew Price from his goal, and shot beyond him into the now empty net.
Centre-left defender Lewis Aimson was injured and replaced by Zach Phelps and this diversion allowed the visitors a rare crack at the Bash goal that confident Bash keeper Jason Collins nullified at the post. With ten minutes left to halftime Dan Munday was on hand to claim Bashley’s third goal with a neat header from a well-directed corner. Brad Morris, on a rare forward run, went close and in the final minute of the half Collins saved his defenders blushes with a sharp save following a misplaced pass.
Collins was again at the forefront as the second forty-five started by taking out a threatening cross with elevated precision, but this period of Portchester dominance was short lived. Another break down the middle, and this time it was Munday who capitalised on his run by brushing aside the unprotected Price as he sailed past to score.Four minutes later Meddah capped this by stopping short on his run on to goal to cheekily lob the advancing Price.
Bashley now five ahead, gave their remaining two subs match-time but it was Munday, who again took the honours, when he robbed the over-worked, and poorly protected Price to net from close range and claim a well-earned hattrick.
Bashley are drawn away to Royal Wootton Bassett in the 2nd Round (15 September).
Bashley: Collins. Smith, Aimson, Morris, Thompson, Rolls, Jackson, Farrugia, Munday, White, Meddah.
Used subs: Phelps, Drew, Drake.
MOM: Dan Munday (photo)