Bashley Bank five on Holiday Saturday

Amesbury 1 Bashley 5
Wessex Premier

Bashley made hay with a five-goal spree despite the oxygen sapping sun that made running an act of will-power. The start, however, wasn’t an indicator of what was to come as Bashley were a goal down before their sun cream had dried after failing to clear a goalmouth cross converted by Jack Hopper that gifted Amesbury an early lead.

It took a while for Bashley to settle although a well-directed, but cleared, 30 yd free kick from Conor Whiteley showed intent. This was emphasised when Lewis Ross powered from midfield only to have his mazy run into the home area crudely terminated. He duly dispatched the resulting penalty to level the scores.

Bashley’s first change came after 20 minutes when after a clash of heads, a groggy Tom Betts was replaced by Hugh Dathan. Thirteen minutes later it was Dathan who gave Bash the lead when he directed a downward header from a Harry Morgan cross into the corner of the net.

The Blues were vocal and strong in the tackle and although yellow cards came thick and fast there was never animosity. Bashley were purring and increased their lead when flank-flying Jack Smith send a hard-fast cross into the unprotected goalmouth which was bundled into the net at speed by the prompt arrival of Jamie Webber.

The sun was relentless, and the visitors refreshed legs by bringing on Jesse Gould and Harry Bunce. Amesbury were still in the game but despite the setting sun being a problem for Jason Collins in the Bash goal, he was never seriously troubled.

Whiteley added his name to the scorers list when a Bunce cross into the goal-area provided target practice for the Bash forwards; keeper Jordan Tewkesbury pulled off two reaction saves before he was put out of his misery by the number 10’s net-breaker.

With eight minutes to go, Harry McGrath was rewarded for his non-stop running by feeding off a Gould assist and shooting past an overworked Tewkesbury.

Bashley: Collins, Betts, Smith, Morgan, Morris, Thompson, Webber, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Prior
Used Subs: Dathan, Gould, Bunce
GOALS: (Ross 20′ Dathan 33′ Webber 52′ Whiteley 78′ McGrath 82′)

Att: 52
Photo: Goal scorer Harry McGrath

Bashley Sail Back with a Hard-Earned Point

Cowes Sports 1 Bashley 1
Wessex Premier

This was a somewhat disappointing result for Bashley who arrived with high hopes of a three-point plunder. Any thoughts, however, of easy pickings were quickly dispersed when Cowes scored from a corner within the opening minute when a ‘red jetlagged’ Bash defence gifted Ash Brett a free header.

Minutes later, with the visitors still adjusting to their surroundings, Yachtsmen’s Gareth Bricknall was granted acres of space and with only the keeper to beat, shot wide. Then, on the sixth minute, Bashley drew level and the game became a contest. A deft pass from Harry McGrath working in from the right was met by the encroaching Harry Morgan whose instant reaction sent the ball across the face of the goal to lodge in the far corner of the net leaving keeper Ed Hatt well and truly ‘Harried’.

Play was now even; Cowes had several chances, but Dan Thompson and Brad Morris mounted an unbreachable last line of defence. Bashley also found penetration hard and frustration was beginning to mount, then minutes before halftime opportunity beckoned when they were awarded a penalty. McGrath broke through the home defence and Hatt’s dive for the ball also upended the Bash no. 9. Lewis Ross’s fierce drive towards the top corner was intercepted by the athleticism of Hatt whose reputation as a shot stopper was there for all to see.

The second half like the first started with the ball in the net, unfortunately this time Jamie Webber’s effort was judged as being offside. Soon after, a perfectly timed header by Hugh Dathan from a corner was another victim of Hatt’s goalkeeping ability, this time a jack-in-the-box leap to tip over.

Ross atoned for his penalty miss with a body-stretching goal line clearance that prevented a home winner whilst interplay between Jack Smith and Morgan from midfield to box deserved better. Ollie Smith and Harry Bunce came on to add to Bash pressure but in the last minute it was the Yachtsman who nearly sailed away with three points when Jimmy Wyke was presented with an open goal: fortunately for Bash the ball preferred cloud spotting.

Bashley: Collins, Smith J, Thompson, Strickland, Morris, Morgan (6′), Dathan, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Webber
Used Subs: Smith O, Bunce
Att: 135

Gone with the Wind

Hamworthy United 3 Bashley 0
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Hamworthy’s County Ground Stadium, on the edge of Poole Harbour, took the full force of Saturday’s storms and Bashley’s chances of a FA Cup run were literally blown away.

Bashley kicked off with the wind at their backs on an unusually dry 3G pitch which gave off puffs of rubber dust when trodden down liken to a racehorse on a dirt track. Good football was out of the question and Bashley found it hard to adjust their play to meet the extreme conditions.

Jamie Webber and Ollie Smith were energetic and determined in their forward rolls but the absence or a proven striker resulting from injury and dual signings being not available for cup-ties, was evident throughout the game.

Hamworthy, did not fare much better but did have the advantage of home ‘turf’ and two established strikers in Dan Cann and ex-Bashley hitman Cameron Beard and it was the later that came closest to scoring when his sharp shot hit the bar with Ollie Bull in the Bash goal well beaten.

Bashley’s best chance felt to Lewis Ross who leapt clear from a packed goalmouth to meet Conor Whiteley’s arcing wind-assisted cross, but his valiant effort flew over the bar. Bashley were more at home in the second half playing against the wind and looked the most likely to score; a Jack Smith defence splitting pass sent Hugh Dathan goal-wards but his shot was easily held by Hammer keeper Sam Jones, whilst a Whiteley free kick from just outside the box was below his expected standard and drifted past the post.

Recently signed Harry Morgan came on and immediately took up a forward position but had hardly settled when, against the run of play, Hamworthy took the lead. Receiving the ball from a short corner, Matt Steer lifted a cross towards the goalmouth only for the wind to take over control and lift the ball up and over the helpless Bull and into the net.

Bashley retaliated immediately and after a bustling burst from midfield, Morgan was through on goal only to be unceremoniously dumped on the floor and the ball filched from his foot just two yards from the line. Had this gone in it would have been a different game but the wind had other ideas; a hopeful lob from Matt Steer was embraced by a lusty gust that once again took the ball up and over a bemused Bull before hitting terra firma in net land.

Jesse Gould and Harry Bunce came on and the last 20 minutes were all Bashley but despite the onslaught and a disputed penalty appeal, keeper Jones was never fully extended and in the dying minutes Bashley finally lost their puff when Beard took advantage of an up-field defence to add a third and only non-wind-assisted goal.

Bashley: Bull, Smith J, Thompson, Strickland, Speers, Dathan, Ross, Webber, Whiteley, Smith o
Used Subs: Morgan, Gould, Bunce
Att: 110