Christchurch 4 Bashley 1
The last time Bashley and Christchurch met in the league was in season 1988/89 with Bashley coming out on top by 6-0. On Saturday at Hurn Bridge, the Priory took sweet revenge for those 30 years of pain by inflicting a humiliating 4-1 defeat on their listless visitors.
Bashley didn’t help matters by conceding a penalty after just ten minutes the result of a careless, rather than deliberate, tackle by Jack Smith. James King accepted this gift to take Christchurch one-up: a lead they never looked like losing. The rest of the first half was goalless, Bashley found the close-marking not to their liking and hardly managed a move of any significance whilst the home side failed to take advantage of the space they created.
Ten minutes into the second half Bashley brought on young striker Nathan Clements and almost immediately Christchurch doubled their league when Jason Collins, left exposed, rushed out of his goal to contest a left-side long ball directed to Josh Kirkham. Kirkham won the contest and gratefully found the unguarded goal.
Almost from the kick-off the participants decided to award the crowd with a ‘Groundhog Day’ experience and performed an action-replay with the same result and Christchurch were now three-up! Ex-Bash, Scott Joyce, was having a relatively quiet day but the Priory striker was not going to turn down his ex-mates’ gift of being left totally unmarked on the edge of the box and send his shot curling into the top corner.
Bashley came more into the game in the last 25 minutes but rarely threated the home goal until the final five when from a corner, Cameron Beard’s firce shot from close quarters was palmed out by goalkeeper Max Frampton and returned sharply into the net by Clements.
Bashley: Collins, Smith, Aimson, Morris, Thompson, Rolls, Jackson, Strickland, Beard, White Meddah
Used Subs: Clements, Dathan, Farrugia