Trevor would have enjoyed today

Bashley 2 Basingstoke Town 0
Trevor Parker Memorial Match
Saturday 27th July 2019

A perfect summer’s day; two of Trevor Parker’s favourite clubs on the pitch; family and friends in attendance and an excellent pre-season crowd of 179 raising over £600 for a cancer charity.

Bashley made changes to the squad that played Winchester on Thursday with the important inclusion of captain Brad Morris returning with a holiday tan. Bashley were the first to settle and went ahead in the sixth minute when following a corner, a Jack Smith half cleared shot was embraced by the energetic Jesse Gould who, from 10 yards out, split the defensive wall with a well-place drive.

Harry McGrath was first to a low, hard corner but his excellent hooked shot was off target. A net-bound chance at the other end was nullified by a goal-line block by the effervescent Jack Smith whilst a Jamie Webber attempt sailed the wrong side of the Basingstoke bar. A flowing move instigated by Hugh Dathan and Jack Smith, encouraged the closely marked Ollie Smith to break free from his towering defender only for the Bash new boy to slice wide. Just before halftime Bash keeper, Ollie Bull, bravely intercepted a fierce goal bound effort.

As expected, both teams made changes in the second half with every bench player getting game time and once again it was young Brogen Sims that made good use of this opportunity. Harry McGrath battled his way through a packed defensive line but unable to see a chink in the armour passed across the box; Sims, who had run astutely into space, grabbed the chance and coolly placed his shot out of the keeper’s reach.