Royal Wotton Bassett 0 Bashley 4
Buildbase FA Vase 2nd Qual Round
Bashley extended their winning run with an impressive victory over well-fancied Hellenic League side Royal Wootton Bassett. A win that increased their goal ratio to 18-0 in four games!
After a tentative start, the game settled with both sides showing potential, a trade-mark Bash build-up involving Harrison White and Jack Smith finished with Dan Munday firing the wrong side of the post whilst, at the other end, a diverted shot produced an excellent recovery-save from Jason Collins. The central defensive line of Brad Morris in the middle running through to Dan Thompson at the back took a knock when Thompson suffered a painful hand-injury which warranted five minutes off-pitch treatment; from whence he returned, impressively bandaged, just in time to help Collins to clear his lines after a prolonged Wootton attack.
Then the game changed. Morris on a run right-field was brought down and White’s high out-swinging cross was met by Tony Rolls some 12 yards from goal whose header, a flight of beauty, crashed into the top corner. Bashley could now do no wrong whilst the Royals wilted under the onslaught. Smith claimed the wing with Zach Phelps his defensive support whilst on the left, Sam Jackson’s head and positional sense made him a perfect target for the Bash midfield trio of Brad Strickland, White and Morris. With the Royal’s defence now in disarray, Smith set Munday free and his pass back to White was floated into the danger area for Cameron Beard to muscle home. Eight minutes later, in action-replay mode, Smith again set Munday free on the right and his cross was once again met by the bustling Beard to claim his second and Bashley’s third goal.
Royal Wootton were out early for the second half and, having shaken their heads after their first half battering, were quickly off the ropes and enjoyed a period of dominance without seriously challenging Collins and the Bash defence. Beard and Munday, however, had different ideas and the home goal was constantly under threat from their speedy movements. Despite their pressure it was goal-hungry Rolls who showed the way. In a move, that had training ground written all over it, White, ignoring a goalmouth rich with scoring potential, turned the ball back to be met by the in-rushing centre-back whose powerful shot from the edge of the box aped his earlier header by hitting the back of the net in some style.
As if to prove it was Tony Rolls’s day his last-minute goal-line clearance kept intact Bashley’s four game clean sheet.
Bashley: Collins, Smith, Phelps, Morris, Thompson, Rolls, Jackson, Strickland, Munday, White, Beard
Used subs: Farrugia, Drake
MOM: Tony Rolls