Bruised Bashley fail to capitalise on encouraging start

Sholing 3 Bashley 1
Wessex Premier

The Boatmen, at home in the wet conditions, out-muscled football-playing Bashley as illustrated by a yellow card score of five to the visitor’s none. After surviving an early onslaught by the league leaders, Bashley took the lead when Dan Munday scored from the spot after Hugh Dathan was brought down in the penalty area.

Brad MorrisThis goal, against the run of play, fired Bashley to life: action was now to be seen at the Sholing end with Munday and Harrison White both having chances. The pendulum, however, swung back when, ten-minutes from half-time, Liam Farrugia limped off after being on the receiving end of several fierce challenges to be replaced by new signing Ethan Maddocks. Then, on the cusp of halftime, Sholing equalised when Brad Targett shot home from close range after a ding-dong in the goal-area.

Ten minutes into the second half, Targett made it two for the Boatmen by arriving first at the back post to tap in a whipped cross. Any thoughts of hattrick dissolved a few minutes later when he took out Brad Morris to earn his second yellow and leave the Bashley captain unable to continue. Zach Phelps just back from a long-spell out through injury, came on for Morris; he probably wished he hadn’t as he hobbled off before the end after being floored by another yellow-card tackle.

Tyler Rutten replaced White and Bash pressed for an equaliser but in doing so let in Dan Mason who easily brushed aside the now sparse defence to score a find solo goal just before the final whistle. Sholing were impressive with Lee Wort outstanding but won few friends on the day whilst Bashley, who never faltered from playing attractive football, took the after-match plaudits.

Bashley: Collins, Smith, Jackson, Farrugia, Morris, Thompson, Dathan, Strickland, Munday, White, Clements
Used Subs: Maddocks, Phelps, Rutten
Photo: Bash Captain Brad Morris