Bashley 6 Weston-Super-Mare 1
FA National U19 Youth League
It’s a long way from Weston-Super-Mare to Bashley and the young Seagulls must have thought the trip worthwhile when, in the second minute of play, a miss-hit lob entered the stratosphere and came to earth in the back of the Bashley net.
Their euphoria didn’t last long when Bash frontman Tyrell Sampson, after finding his shot saved, made sure that his second attempt hit the spot. He was also on hand when after twenty minutes his corner was powerfully headed home at the far post by Toby Bailey to put the home side in front.
Bashley were now rampant and Matt Crowe, Jonny Davis and Charlie Turner were constant suppliers of defence spitting passes, both through and over a retreating Weston defence. The ever-available Sampson was brought down in the penalty area and his spot-kick was hard and true. Then, as if to rub salt in the Seagulls wounds, his solo run resulted in a thirty-minute hattrick.
The home side made it 5-1 just before halftime when, after a well-timed run, a cross from Bailey was crisply headed home by Zorro Skilton.
Weston’s halftime lecture would have been worth recording as they emerged a different team. Taking a high line their defence changed from an open door to a barrier and their forwards started to explore the Bashley half.
Bash goalkeeper Joel Hirdle had to put his book away and the Bash defence of Josh Cook, Tyler Mitchell, Tom Rose and Joe Hoey, start earning their corn. Just when the pressure was at its height, Bailey noticed the Weston goalkeeper was off his line and his shot from just short of the halfway line landed in the back of the net and the pressure was off.
Bashley gave their subs a run-out and although the game was now even, they successfully saw the remaining time out to claim an emphatic victory.
Bashley: Hirdle, Cook, Mitchell, Rose, Hoey, Crowe, Davis, Turner, Sampson, Bailey, Skilton
Subs: Chapman, Bourne