Amesbury 1 Bashley 5
Bashley made hay with a five-goal spree despite the oxygen sapping sun that made running an act of will-power. The start, however, wasn’t an indicator of what was to come as Bashley were a goal down before their sun cream had dried after failing to clear a goalmouth cross converted by Jack Hopper that gifted Amesbury an early lead.
It took a while for Bashley to settle although a well-directed, but cleared, 30 yd free kick from Conor Whiteley showed intent. This was emphasised when Lewis Ross powered from midfield only to have his mazy run into the home area crudely terminated. He duly dispatched the resulting penalty to level the scores.
Bashley’s first change came after 20 minutes when after a clash of heads, a groggy Tom Betts was replaced by Hugh Dathan. Thirteen minutes later it was Dathan who gave Bash the lead when he directed a downward header from a Harry Morgan cross into the corner of the net.
The Blues were vocal and strong in the tackle and although yellow cards came thick and fast there was never animosity. Bashley were purring and increased their lead when flank-flying Jack Smith send a hard-fast cross into the unprotected goalmouth which was bundled into the net at speed by the prompt arrival of Jamie Webber.
The sun was relentless, and the visitors refreshed legs by bringing on Jesse Gould and Harry Bunce. Amesbury were still in the game but despite the setting sun being a problem for Jason Collins in the Bash goal, he was never seriously troubled.
Whiteley added his name to the scorers list when a Bunce cross into the goal-area provided target practice for the Bash forwards; keeper Jordan Tewkesbury pulled off two reaction saves before he was put out of his misery by the number 10’s net-breaker.
With eight minutes to go, Harry McGrath was rewarded for his non-stop running by feeding off a Gould assist and shooting past an overworked Tewkesbury.
Bashley: Collins, Betts, Smith, Morgan, Morris, Thompson, Webber, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Prior
Used Subs: Dathan, Gould, Bunce
GOALS: (Ross 20′ Dathan 33′ Webber 52′ Whiteley 78′ McGrath 82′)
Photo: Goal scorer Harry McGrath