BASHLEY 0 BOURNEMOUTH POPPIES 2
(Emirates FA Cup Extra Prem. Round)
A Bashley side devoid of three key players never fully recovered from going two-down in the first
eight minutes of this disappointing FA Cup tie. A grateful Bournemouth Poppies could not believe
their luck when first Micky Finch, followed minutes later by Steve Flynn, headed identical goals when
left unchallenged both just a few yards short of the line.
Bashley never fully recovered from this early reverse and the visitors grew in confidence and stature
as the game progressed. It was somewhat ironic that the Poppies included many ex-Bash players
determine to make an impression. After the initial onslaught, Bashley regained their composure but
found the strength and organisation of hard-tackling Bournemouth a tough nut to crack. The game
became a mid-field battle with only a skied Brad Strickland effort from a Nasim Meddah pass and a
near post header from a well-positioned Zach Phelps bothering Sam Jones in the visitor’s goal.
Cameron Beard was introduced early in the second half giving Dan Munday the freedom to chase
and hassle. Jack Smith took on a forward wing roll with Harrison White showing creative muscle in
support of the frontline. Despite their efforts goal attempts were few and Jason Collins in the Bash
goal was by far the busier keeper as Bournemouth continued to apply pressure. The home cause was
not helped when an exuberant foul by Strickland was considered dangerous and worthy of a red
card. Bashley’s best chance of a goal fell to Lewis Aimson who lost out when his well-time run to
meet a high free-kick was just a mini-second too late for perfect contact.
Bashley were well-beaten on the day by a Bournemouth team well set-up for the occasion.
Bashley: Collins, Smith, Aimson, Morris, Thompson, Phelps, Drake, Strickland, Munday, Harrison,
Used subs: Beard, Webber