Baffins Crack Bashley’s Vase dream

Bashley 1 Baffins Milton Rover 2
Buildbase FA Vase 1st Round

A Bashley team, weakened by injury and absence, rewarded a large crowd with a spirited display but, in the end, were no match for a strong Baffins Milton Rovers side. The Black and Golds were under pressure from the off and could only watch as Callum Dart after a solo run send his shot high and wide; shortly after it was the agility of Bashley keeper Jason Collins that kept the score sheet blank when he intercepted a sharp downward header from Jason Parish.

Dylan and Hugh v Baffins VaseThen, much against the run of play, the vast improving Cameron Beard took advantage of a high bouncing ball by heading it over the out-rushing Rovers’ keeper Tony Male and into his deserted net. Beard, without a recognised partner because of injury and cup regulations, was a one-man demolition squad and was unlucky when a shared heavy tackle was deemed a card offence. Collins was busy once again when punching clear a fierce, late-sighted free-kick that curved over defensive wall; whilst, a tempting cross from Sam Jackson was just too high for the leaping Beard.

The stitched-together home defence, with 19-year old Dylan Manu for playing his first home game at this the level and with front-runner Hugh Dathan deputising at centre-back, then lost the experienced wing-back Jack Smith with an ankle injury. It was perhaps inevitable, that just a few minutes later, a break from within that defensive area led to a penalty which was netted by Rovers’ captain, Ashton Leigh despite the valent Collins guessing the right way.

Cameron v Baffins FS VaseBashley now brought on their last subs including the promising U18 winger Lucas James whose first run brought a much-needed corner. Bash increased the pressure and Harry Morgan burst into the penalty area only to be stopped by what appeared to be a tug on his shirt by keeper Male. Whilst reluctantly accepting the referee decision that this was not an offence, it was still enough to disrupt Bashley’s concentration and a quick break to the other end led to Rob Taw heading home the winner from an acute angle.

Bashley almost had the last say when Collins took a distant free kick which was fielded by the tireless Beard whose shot was diverted unluckily into the arms of Male. The whistle for time came immediately after.

Bashley: Collins, Smith, Dathan, Strickland, Thompson, Manufor, Jackson, White, Beard, Morgan, Meddah
Used Subs: Drake, James, Farrugia
Att: 190