Bashley 4 Sholing 1
The loss of Bashley’s Number 1 supporter and Wessex League Icon Keith Hill to cancer dominated this match. The minutes applause at the start was a moving tribute shared together at one end of the pitch by players and supporters in the presence of the Hill family.
Inspired by the call that ‘this one is for Keith’ Bashley put on a display of attractive, determined football and made it three wins in five days against Southern League opposition.
Bashley took the lead early in the half when Connor Whiteley, enjoying freedom in a more forward role, cut in from the right and scored with a disciplined shot across the keeper. Within minutes Sholing had equalised with the experienced Dan Mason taking advantage of a loose ball in the area.
The second half started with Whiteley adding to his tally when he surprised Sholing keeper Ryan Gosney by shooting from the most acute of angles with ball passing behind the keeper, hitting the far post and rebounding back along almost the same trajectory like a pin-ball to hit the near post and this time go in.
Ten minutes later, Harry McGrath scored a more traditional goal by busting through the middle and beating the out rushing Gosney with a well-directed drive.
The sub bench was now in play with Harry Bunce, just back from University, causing havoc with his speedy runs but it was Brogan Sims that put the icing on the cake when he was once again in the right spot to latch onto a rebound to score his third poacher goal in three games.
Bashley: Collins, Smith, Dodd, Strickland, Morris, Thompson, Dathan, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Webber
Used Subs: Sims, Bull, Bunce, Speers, Betts, Nichols
Unused Subs: Cullingford
Scorers: (Whiteley 13′ 42′ McGrath 68′ Simms 90′) (Mason 15′)
Photos: Supplied by Les Chase, are of fans and players giving a minutes applause for Keith Hill