Hamble 1 Bashley 0
Bashley fell to earth with jolt following their pulsating win at Hartley Wintley on Tuesday. The absence, through suspension and injury of the two Harry’s Bunce and Morgan so influential on Tuesday, deprived Bashley’s frontmen of oxygen as did the close marking and tackling of a robust Hamble side looking well worth their high league position.
The home side attacked from the start and Dan Kempson in the Bash goal was quickly the centre of attention with a series of smart saves and good high cross judgement. A Bashley attack was curtailed when ex-Bash warhorse Pete Castle took out Conor Whiteley on the edge of the box. Free-kick specialist Whiteley, still groggy from the tackle, unwisely took the free kick himself which he launched into space.
The game was now even with little quarter being given, Cameron Beard the recipient of a quick clearance from Kempson, completed his wing-side run by cutting inside only to see his cross-the-keeper-shot brush the far post. Minutes later he was free down the centre but was caught and robbed in the goal area before he could shoot. An effort from Morgan Browning skimmed the post; whilst frequent raids down the flanks from the speedy Monks’ wingers kept Kempson fully employed.
The second half mirrored the first with Bashley’s close passing game being severely interrupted by the speed and positioning of the Hamble midfield whilst their own attacking play lacked a necessary edge. With twenty minutes to go, an unsuccessful attack following a Bashley forward push left their defence exposed to a breakaway; a chance accepted by the speedy Jordan Rogguette who left all in his wake before crossing into a, by now crowded goalmouth, where his fellow wing forward Ryan Turner, scored from close range.
Bash pushed hard for an equaliser, with Conor Whiteley dropping into a supply role and Billy Cooper joining Harry McGrath and Beard up front but keeper Luke Deacon’s clean sheet was never seriously in doubt.
Bashley: Kempson, Browning, Smith, Morris, Thompson, Strickland, Cameron, Ross, Whiteley, Cooper, McGrath
Photo: Bash Goalkeeper Dan Kempson