Bashley 4 Eastleigh 4
FA National League U19 Alliance
Bashley survived a coda of seven goals in the last thirty minutes to share the honours with well-fancied Premier National League side, Eastleigh FC.
The Eastleigh development team, boasting a season’s goals-against-total of just two goals, showed their class from the start and it took a foot-first save from Bash keeper, Joel Hirdle and a shaking goalpost to keep the scores level. Toby Bailey was unlucky when his header from a free kick was just wide but apart from that, play was mostly in the Bashley half.
This all changed two minutes from half-time when a forward pass from Marc Plunkett found Lucas James near the left corner and, holding off two defenders, he deposited a high, swerving ball across the goalmouth that was expertly headed back into the far corner of the net by the well-positioned Jonny Davis.
Fifteen minutes into the second-half and Bashley were two up: a behind the defence cross from Bailey being bread and butter to a goal-hungry Tyrrell Sampson. The euphoria lasted two minutes with the Blues getting one back when a three-man move, that started at the halfway line, split the Bash defence.
Hardly time for that lesson to sink-in and Eastleigh were level, this time with a header from a corner which was quickly followed by a third strike: the result of a defensive error. Stung into action the home side hit straight back with Bailey rising majestically to nod home a free kick.
After a lull of three minutes, Eastleigh regained the lead from a goal-mouth scramble and look set to take all three points. They, didn’t, however, allow for the determination of Bash centre-back Tom Rose who, on the stroke of time, power-carried the ball from one half to the other and unleashed a GPS-driven cross onto the head of fast closing Samson who scored with great panache to level the scores and call time on the game.
Bashley: Hirdle, Cook, Mitchell, Rose, Hoey, Plunkett, Davis, Turner, Sampson, Bailey, James
Used Subs: Skilton, Chapman, White
Photo: double scorer Tyrrell Sampson