Brockenhurst 2 Bashley 4
Bashley, making light of the heavy pitch, showed intent from the start with a trade-mark Harrison White fizzer that sailed wide. A continues assault on the home goal was rewarded in the seventh minute when young Jamie Webber, in for the injured Jack Smith, ghosted in to meet a clever Cameron Beard header to calmly open the scoring. White, on a shoot-on-sight mission, saw his latest swinging effort fly just short of the upright as Bashley increased the pressure.
A shaken Brockenhurst then sprang to life and an under-hit attempt from James Thompson was scrambled away by the alert Isaac Haigh. The game was now an open contest with shots from Beard and Liam Farrugia going close, whilst at the other end Thompson, when gifted a chance, missed a sitter. He followed this by netting from a corner by hand instead of head whilst Will Tickle failed to finish after carving an opening with a solo run.
Bashley then regained control with a masterly display of fast attacking football and it was no surprise when they increased their lead five minutes before halftime. Nor was it a surprise that it was the result of a long-distance shot by White, the surprise being his sweetly hit, swerving shot, from 25 yds came curtesy of his left foot!
It took just two minutes after the re-start for Bashley to snatch a third goal. A free kick from outside of the area, taken with venom by Dan O’Sullivan, crashed against the bar and the rebound was latched onto by Dan Munday who accepted his Christmas gift with aplomb.
The Badgers to their credit now fought back and their pressure paid off when, after a goalmouth melee, defender Jude Nwachukawy joined the fray and scored with his first kick upon entering the box. Brockenhurst could now see the light and the unfortunate Thompson was thwarted when, in position to score, Haigh bravely took the ball off his feet. The reprieve wasn’t for long, Bash defender Dan Thompson was unlucky when his goal saving tackle on the marauding Tickle diverted the ball into the path of Christos Papakonstantinou who swept it past Haigh.
At 2-3 with the Badgers on top, Bashley’s lead was looking precarious and even more so when influential midfielder O’Sullivan was shown a straight red that even the opposition thought was harsh. Then, from nowhere the curtain on the game was closed when the mighty Beard in open-play some 30 yards out hit the ball in true Roy of the Rovers fashion and the world stood still as the net bulged. Game over. The last twenty-five minutes being played out with Brock’s man mountain Matt Burt up front whilst Bash brought on new signing Brandon Hamerston to strengthen their defence.
Bashley: Haigh, Dathan, Morris, Strickland, Thompson, Farrugia, Webber, White, Munday, O’Sullivan, Beard
Used Sub: Hamerston