Alresford Town 6 Bashley 3
Sydenham Wessex Premier
After confidently scoring three goals in the first 27 minutes, Bashley’s comfort zone had disappeared by halftime when the scores were even. The second half was strictly for the birds and The Magpies had every reason to crow as Bashley failed to add to their total, whereas Alresford trebled their score.
It took just six minutes for the visitors to open their account when a defence splitting pass from Brad Morris was claimed by Dan Munday who’s majestically shot past the advancing goalkeeper. Five minutes later Cameron Beard robbed two hesitant defenders and strode forward to net with ease.
The only blip in this period of dominance came just after Munday’s goal when Town’s Sam Burt surprised with a distant free kick that ended perched in top far corner of the net. This had little effect on the run of play as Beard demonstrated by gunning a loose ball beyond bemused keeper Dan Kempson.
Whilst Bash supporters had the calculators out ready for a record score, the Magpie’s swopped with two goals in five minutes: the first, another free kick, this time from debutant Paul Coventry followed by Burt claiming his second by hooking home a Coventry header.
The second half was all black and white with two early goals in two minutes sealing the game. A goal-ending burst through a slack defence by Alex Dockree was followed quickly by Burt claiming his hattrick after Bashley had failed to clear.
With ground to make up, Bashley brought on newly re-signed Tyler Rutten and Lucas James into front positions and Rian Drake to operate high midfield. Despite their efforts, it was The Magpies that completed the scoring when an unmarked Coventry was left free to head home.
A tough introduction for former Bash U19 stopper, Isaac Haigh, signed just twenty-four hours before as a replacement for the injured Jason Collins.
Bashley: Haigh, Smith, Dathan, Morris, Thompson, Rolls, Jackson, Strickland, Munday, White, Beard
Used Subs: Rutten, James, Drake
Photo: Bash’s two goal scorer Cameron Beard