Four Day Double for Bashley

Bashley 3 AFC Stoneham 0
Southampton Senior Cup

Bashley completed a laudable double over high-flying AFC Stoneham by following up Saturday’s 3-2 league win with a midweek Groundhog Day, this time by three clear goals.

Both teams put out strong sides for this cup encounter and it was the visitors who struck first with a header just past the post; quick retaliation by Bashley was foiled when keeper Matt Fredericks blocked a Conor Whiteley shot.

Whiteley was also on hand to set up Bashley’s opener; his cross into to the box was half-cleared and picked up by Ollie Smith who showed great control in moving forward from the edge of the area and hitting home from ten yards past a surprised keeper.

A period of open play followed with Stoneham’s speed of interception limiting the home side to the occasional break-away. This all ended a minute before halftime when following a corner, a frantic succession of shots ping-ponged off bodies and woodwork until Harry McGrath brought sanity to the situation by controlling the dizzy ball and smashing it into the net without interference.

Bash started the second half with intent and Whiteley was just inches from connecting with a McGrath sharp pass across the goal line. Stoneham, seeing the game slipping away threw everything forward and their high press looked almost certain to bring reward as they peppered the Bashley goal with crosses, headers and shots. Their efforts were in vain thanks mainly to the anticipation and reflexes of Bash keeper Harry Gravett, the reflective power of the Bashley goal frame and the Purple’s inability to shot and head straight!

Bashley brought on their bench a gradually retook control. McGrath, Lewis Ross and Harry Morgan went close, but it was a move by Ollie Smith that led to the third and final goal when he was hacked down in the area with goal at his mercy; Ross took the penalty and his blast was unstoppable.

Bashley: Gravett, Nicolls, Webber, Morris, Strickland, Thompson, Smith O, Ross, Whiteley, Morgan, McGrath
Used Subs: Betts, Cooper, Crowe
Att: 113

Photo: Goalkeeper Harry Gravett in action (Les Chase)

A Ross Double sees Bashley Home

Bashley 3 AFC Stoneham 2
Wessex Premier

Bashley, without the injured Jason Collins and Morgan Browning, gave first team starts to goalkeeper Harry Gravett and Centre Back Matt Crowe with the last season’s top scorer Dan Munday, now residing in the Midlands, making a surprise first appearance on the bench.

The opening minutes were scrappy with both teams lacking purpose; this all changed in the thirtieth minute when a forward movement by Bashley came to a full stop with the ball loose in the box when, as if teleported, midfielder Lewis Ross strode through a hesitant Stoneham defence and netted confidently from 14 yards.

The game eventually took shape, Bashley concentrated on feeding the forward runs of Harry McGrath and Conor Whiteley assisted by the darting moves of Harry Bunce whilst the height and strength of the Purple’s forwards kept the Bash defence on their toes.

Bunce was just a boot short of connecting with a McGrath cross whilst a well worked move from the Stoneham forwards collapsed at the sight of an open goal. Bashley increased their lead just before halftime when a fine flowing move involving Ross, Whiteley and McGrath caused havoc in the Stoneham box: a situation exploited by Bunce who triumphantly lashed home McGrath’s deflected shot.

Stoneham came back immediately, and it took a brave, near post save by Gravett, to keep Bash’s two goal lead intact. The visitors piled on the pressure as the half started and it took another fine reaction save from Gravett to keep the slate clean. Ten minutes later Stoneham pulled one back – an attack launched from a defensive position sliced through a back peddling Bashley defence leaving frontman Callum Laycock free to score.

Bashley dug in to protect their now narrow lead and made changes with Tom Betts coming on to stiffen the defence whilst Dan Munday was asked to pull on his boots for the first time this season. It was however Ross who re-established a two goal cushion the result of a crowd-pleasing move that saw McGrath break down the left and find Bunce who instead of shooting from an acute angle passed clinically into the projected path of the in-rushing Ross whose perfect run and timing sent the ball fizzing past a startled Parker-Trott.

Stoneham, to their credit fought on: Gravett was forced into another point blank save and then, to add sauce to the tension, the visitors scored from the spot via a Chris Manning late penalty. Dan Munday’s fifteen-minute return was robbed of legend status when his final-minute high spinning shot was fingered out of the far top corner of the net by a flying Parker-Trott. A heart-warming game.

Bashley: Garvett, Crowe, Webber, Morris, Strickland, Thompson, Bunce, Ross, Whiteley, Morgan, McGrath
Used Subs: Betts, Munday, Cooper
Att: 189

Photo: Two goal Lewis Ross

Bashley FC are delighted to announce their charity of the year

Bashley FC are pleased to announce that their charity for this season is Amelia’s Rainbow. Amelia’s Rainbow is a local charity who provide grants to children with serious, life-limiting or terminal illnesses.

Thanks to the charity’s supporters Amelia’s Rainbow help over 100 families a year. The aim is to create environments of fun, achievement and memories for each family. This is achieved through providing grants for activities, holidays and equipment that enrich the lives of children who need the support. The charity is now in its ninth year and proud to be helping more families than ever before.

After asking the club’s members and executive board, Amelia’s Rainbow was the overwhelming choice and we are looking forward to raising awareness and funds for the charity over the course of the season.

Amelia’s Rainbow have a holiday home situated 3 miles away from Bashley which allows families a free holiday to explore the surrounding areas and create lasting memories. We hope to welcome some of the families to Bashley Road during the season.

The charity be running a raffle and a bucket collection at the upcoming home match against Amesbury on 12th October 2019. This is also Non-League Day and entry to the match is £3 for adults and concessions and free for under 18’s.

Bash go wild about Harrys

Bashley 3 Hamworthy Utd 1
Wessex Premier

Bashley reverted to form after late September doldrums with three heart-warming goals. Manager Paul Morris’s ploy of giving attacking midfielder Conor Whitely the number nine shirt with Harry McGrath and Harry Bunce as wide attackers brought a new energy to the frontline which was evident straight from the kick-off.

It was however ex-Bash striker Cameron Beard who left the first mark, but this was on the back legs of Lewis Ross allowing Conor Whiteley a chance from the resultant free kick to test Hammer keeper Ollie King.

Bashley were back to their flowing best and Harry McGrath, happy in his left-sided roll, collected a Harry Bunce assist and let fly from his wide position to open the scoring in the thirteenth minute. Somewhat surprisingly, Hamworthy equalised eight minutes later when the closely surrounded Jason Collins failed to hold a free kick which was then netted from close range by Beard.

The game now opened with chances at both ends: a Whiteley run and shot hit the side netting whilst an unfortunate rebound left the visitors with an open goal that was denied by a flying goal line clearance by Bash captain, Brand Morris.

Bunce, whose over zealousness brought a yellow card but did not stop his torture of the away defence, was on hand to head back a telling cross into the Hamworthy goal area, there followed a bewildering array of shots and clearances before Bunce stepped in to put the ball out of its misery and regain the lead. Bashley finished the half with a dazzling display of attacking football.

Jack Nicholls came on for Morgan Browning as the second half commenced and it was Hamworthy who took the upper hand. Collins, still smarting from letting in the first goal, then should his worth with several brave and reaction saves to frustrate the visitors and eventually the game settled to a less frenetic pace.

Ollie Smith came on for the tiring Bunce and then, with seven minutes left to play, McGrath made sure of the points with an eye-popping strike from twenty-five plus yards from the wide right that was hit with such venom it was almost impossible to see its flight! Game over.

Bashley: Collins, Webber, Smith J, Morris, Browning, Thompson, Bunce, Ross, Whiteley, Morgan, McGrath
Used Subs: Nicholls, Smith O, Prior
Att: 108

Photos: The two Harrys

Bashley Lose both Points and Manners

Bashley 1 Solent University 2
Wessex Premier

Any thoughts of easy pickings were soon discounted when bottom club Solent University started strongly and dominated the first ten minutes. Bashley’s best chance fell to Jamie Webber when he sliced wide following a Conor Whiteley attempt that came back off the crossbar whilst at the other end a high bouncing ball almost surprised the Bash defence as it landed just past the post.

Bash pressed forward and Harry Bunce, after leaving his defender cold, was denied a successful finish by the alertness of Solent keeper Alex Londors. Then a turning point, a poor clearance gave the Student’s Tam Demunga a free pass to goal which was joyfully accepted.

Bashley strove forward in search of an equaliser: Harry McGrath found the wrong side of the bar after excellent approach work by Lewis Ross; a fiercely struck drive from Jack Smith from 35 yards surprised everyone apart from the keeper who’s acrobatic save seemed impossible! Moments later an effort from Will Prior suffered the same fate as Londors once more excelled.

The second half started with the home side looking confident and far from worried. This all changed when a run by Alex Jean- Pierre, Solent’s big frontman, left Bash keeper Jason Collins in two-minds and his lob over the advancing keepers head answered that problem.

With thirty-five minutes still to play the game was still there to be won but unexpectedly the home side lost composure. Whiteley went into the record books as the first Bashley player to experience the Sin Bin and Bunce was lucky to not to join him.

This result was a loss of focus and uneven play. Jack Smith who had been the subject of a nasty tackle moments before was given a red card for an elbow which could have been accidental, but this was seen differently by the officials who were both close by.

With four minutes left to play Bashley pulled one back the result of a penalty when McGrath was brought down in the area. Ross gave no chance from the spot. Brad Strickland was on for Whiteley and Ollie Smith for Will Prior, but the late equaliser never came just another a yellow card.

Bashley: Collins, Webber, Smith J, Morris, Browning, Thompson, Bunce, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Prior
Used Subs: Strickland, Smith O
Att: 127

Photo: Bash Scorer Lewis Ross by Les Chase

Milford Worthy Opponents

Bashley 5 Milford 0
Bournemouth Senior Cup Round 2
(Sutton 25’og Ross 51′ Bunce 34′ 49′ Webber 86′)
Att: 104

This, a first ever meeting of two local neighbours, was a celebration of good, clean, competitive football with little consideration given to league difference and the heavy rain.

Despite resting a few key players, Bashley fielded a strong side with Morgan Browning making his home debut in central defence alongside Matt Crow. Milford were unfazed by the occasion and during the first twenty-five minutes there was little difference in class between the teams.

Bashley then went ahead when a scorching shot from Lewis Ross was helped into the net by the head of the unfortunate Ronan Sutton for whom there was no hiding place!

Ten minutes later a Harry Bunce lash from the edge of the box found no such barrier and ended cleanly in the far corner of the net. There were no further goals in the first half with the Hayward League Premier Club still in the game.

This changed soon after the restart with two goals in two minutes. Bunce added to his score as he latched on to a through ball and forged his way into the area giving the impressive Ryan Lewis in the away goal little chance.

Lewis who was having an excellent game, hardly had time to wipe the rain from his eyes before a rampant Ross danced through the packed Milford defence and this time his shot didn’t need the assistance of a Milford head to reach the target.

Bashley, four goals to the good now brought on their bench and although the pace didn’t slacken, and chances were fashioned, the score remained unchanged.

Milford also gave their bench a chance to shine under the powerful Bashley lights and kept the heads up and sprits high until the final whistle.

An excellent display all round- grass roots football at its best.


Bashley: Bull, Betts, Crowe, Browning, Morris, Nicholls, Bunce, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Webber
Used Subs: Morgan, Cooper, Croucher
Att: 104

Photo: Goal scorer Lewis Ross surrounded by Milford defenders (Les Chase)

Lymington Roll the double over Bruised Bashley

Lymington Town 4 Bashley 1
Wessex Premier

Absence and injury didn’t help Bashley’ s cause although no blame can be attached to late imports from the Development squad, Josh Cook and George Croucher, and new signing Morgan Browning playing his first game this season after a long layoff.

An early attack Involving midfielder Lewis Ross, in an unfamiliar number nine role, combining with Cook and Harry Morgan showed promise and it took brave action by Lymington keeper, Nic Jones to disappoint Ross after he ran clear on goal. Lymington were dangerous on the break with Micky Finch and Sam House both unlucky with shots from distance.

Bashley took the lead whilst most of crowd were still enjoying their halftime tea. Almost straight from the kick-off, young Cook harried his marker into a poor back pass from near the corner flag; Ross leapt to the ball and slotted home past a surprised Jones from the most acute of angles.

The rest is best forgotten. A long free kick from Lymington’s Luke Churchill remain unchallenged until hitting the net. Ten minutes later, play was not stopped for a centre-field clash of heads that left Morgan prone and the Bash physio rushing from his seat. An incident that allowed Dominic Falcoa to score whilst a static Bash defence waited for the whistle.

A long stoppage soon after for a disputed discipline offence sucked the life from Bashley and their supporters. Churchill and Falcoa added to Bash’s misery by both scoring in the final minutes. An unfortunate catalogue of events that shouldn’t deflect from the fact that Lymington were worthy winners.

Bashley: Collins, Nicholls, Smith, Strickland, Morris, Thompson, Cook, Morgan, Ross, Whiteley, Webber
Used Subs: Browning, Croucher
Att: 103

Photo: Bash Scorer Lewis Ross

Bashley Ease in the next Round

Bashley 4 Folland Sports 1
(Whiteley 45′ Nicholls 61′ Sansom 74’og McGrath 89′) (Hawkins 53p’)
Hants Senior Cup Round 2
Tuesday September 17th

The game started with both team showing an intention to win, Bashley were quickly into gear and claimed the midfield but found the Folland goal-area a harder nut to crack.

The visitors on the other hand surprised with several fast breaks and Jason Collins in the home goal was by far the busiest keeper. It took until two minutes before halftime before Bash found the answer: a bruising charge by diminutive winger Harry Bunce brought escape from his large tormentors; set free, his pass found Conor Whiteley on the edge of the area whose hard-low drive looked destined for the net, but not in the way he intended, as his shot hit a defender and ballooned in over the head of keeper Sansom.

Harry Morgan came off at the interval to be replaced U18 midfielder Billy Cooper but before he could settle in, Folland were awarded a careless penalty which they duly converted.

Minutes later a probing Cooper corner found Jack Nicholls lurking at the far post and his penalty indiscretion was quickly forgotten as he soared high to head home.

Cooper’s corners were causing mayhem and a near post teaser was punched into his own net my the luckless Sansom. Bashley then brought on young George Croucher for his first senior appearance. George, the Youth Leagues leading scorer, looked at home immediately and it was his defence splitting pass that set Harry McGrath free to emphatically round the keeper and score a crowd-pleasing fourth goal.

Bashley: Collins, Webber, Smith, Morgan, Morris, Nicholls, Bunce, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Prior
Used subs: Cooper, Croucher, Betts
Att: 59

Bashley U18s blossom in the sun

Bashley 2 Horndean 1
Hants County Youth League Division 2
Sunday 15th September 2019

On a Sunday best spent on the beach, young Bashley made light of the temperature to record a well-deserved win.

Sam Eames opened the scoring when his dipping cross-shot from wide distance dropped in over the goalkeeper’s head. Bash were very much in charge and a bustling run and cross from Barnaby Smith was met and buried by Kieran Olley.

Horndean became more active in the second half and scored via a penalty with thirty minutes still to play. The hot conditions were taking their toll and with both defensives holding firm there was no further score.

Photo: Bash U18s at home to Horndean a Bash corner during the game

Bashley’s Vase Dream Shattered by Aimson Double Fracture

Bashley 1 Lymington Town 4
FA Vase end Qualifying Round
Saturday 14th September 2019

Bashley’s dream of Vase glory was shattered in the tenth minute when influential defender Lewis Aimson fell awkwardly to earth after rising to meet a corner. The crack, when he fell on his arm, was loud and ominous.

The unfortunate Lewis who had just returned from a serious leg injury and, before that a broken collar bone, achieved an unwanted treble when a double fracture of his lower arm was diagnosed.

The writing was on the wall for Bashley before this incident as in the third minute of play they conceded a penalty when Dominic Falco was needlessly brought down; the conversion of which was bread and butter to prolific scorer Michael Gosney.

Tom Betts replaced the hospital bound Aimson just in time to see Falco brush aside the now unsettled defence to score with relative ease. The onslaught continued and it took a double save from Jason Collins in the Bash goal to keep the game alive.

This reprieve didn’t last long, and it was Steve Flynn who was next to help himself to the largesse of the home defence when he drifted through to slot home a third goal for the visitors.

It took until to the final minutes of the half before punch-drunk Bashley cleared their heads and a ferocious drive by Harry McGrath, that almost hospitalised the goal side spectators as it hurtled past the post, gave hope of a revival.

The break served its purpose and a revitalised Bashley took to the field, Lymo keeper Nic Jones was called to action when Harry Morgan went close after being put through by a Jack Smith assist. The breakthrough came when McGrath cantered down the right, moved inside and his shot, tangent to both goal mouth and keeper and found the far corner of the net.

Bashley, unfortunately, were back in the game for just two minutes! A freekick was awarded the visitors some 35 yards out right of goal. With a packed defence in place, this didn’t ring alarm bells but the sight of Gosney on the ball should have done as the ball was in the net before anyone moved!

Despite the almost hopelessness of their position, Bashley now started to dominate the play, Conor Whiteley and Harry Bruce came on an added a creative touch to the forward play but despite their efforts and a goalmouth melee that saw Jones scramble-saving from Morgan, Bunce and Betts, scoring was not on the Bash menu.

Bashley: Collins, Smith, Aimson, Strickland, Morris, Thompson, Webber, Ross, McGrath, Morgan, Prior
Used Subs: Betts, Whiteley, Bunce
Att: 167

Action photo taken by Flynn McKee (Harry Morgan (No.10) and Lewis Ross with Lymington’s Tim Stephenson (Ex Bashley) on the right.