Bashley 5 Milford 0
Bournemouth Senior Cup Round 2
(Sutton 25’og Ross 51′ Bunce 34′ 49′ Webber 86′)
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
Photo: Goal scorer Lewis Ross surrounded by Milford defenders (Les Chase)