Fareham Town 2 Bashley 1
There should have been only one winner of this game. Bashley dominated from the start and entertained with crisp passing and high pressing that kept the ball in the Fareham half for 75% of the game. Fareham hardly bothered Callum Ward in the Bashley goal but held the trump-card in Simon Ward, whose speed and ball skills orchestrated both Fareham goals.
Bashley were quickly out of the stalls with Hugh Dathan, Nathan Clements and Cameron Beard spear-heading the attack. Despite this it was Fareham that scored on seven minutes when a breakaway by Ward produced a corner from which un-marked Creeksider captain, Garry Moody, headed home.
Bashley took this in their stride and continued to press: the defensive midfield of Brad Morris and Liam Farrugia joined the attacking surge along with wingbacks Lewis Aimson and Jack Smith and together they served up a rich diet of forward and cross-goal assists that signalled goal rush. This was not to be, and the best chances of the half fell to the charging Morris who was unlucky when just failing to reach two far-post crosses.
The second half produced more of the same but with the Fareham back three winning almost everything in the air and Bashley’s long-shot experts, Harrison White and Brad Strickland, being way-off target. Beard was bundled off the ball when through on goal, but the challenge was deemed fair whilst at the other end, Ward broke the Bash barrage with another dazzling run that almost ended in success.
Dathan was also felled in the penalty area but this was judged more of a slip by the referee. Another against-the-flow run by Ward resulted in a goalmouth scramble that was ended by Scott Hamilton who shot home through a crowd of players after the ball had broken loose.
Bashley bought on Jamie Webber and Harvey Slade, with the later bringing a new dimension to what had had been ‘samey’ tactics with his darting movement and runs. Beard was the first to benefit but the ball was whipped from his feet by a brave save from the keeper.
Bashley at last found the net when Slade pranced into the box only to be brought down: Clements giving no-chance from the spot. Fareham played out the final five minutes without trouble.
Bashley: Ward, Smith, Aimson, Morris, Thompson, Dathan, Strickland, Clements, White, Beard
Used Subs: Webber, Slade
Photo: action from the game