Bashley 1 Alton 2
Sydenham Wessex League Cup
A Bashley eleven, showing six changes from Saturday, found themselves facing a pumped-up Alton with a noticeable height/weight advantage: a significant factor in both attack and defence. Alton went ahead as early as the 10th minute when a free-kick, from just outside of the box, was hammered through the ineffectual Bash defensive wall by Steve Black giving the unsighted Kieran Burgess no chance.
A few minutes later the situation was repeated, but this time Burgess saved well. The powerful Black was once again the centre of attention when a fifty-fifty ball was contested by both Black and Burgess resulting in a body count of two in the penalty area awaiting the arrival of the magic sponge.
Shortly after the start of the second half, Bashley brought on their three subs. Hugh Dathan making his first appearance in 18 months after a serious foot injury, followed by Cameron Beard and Jack Smith. The home side were now in full attack mode but failed to beat the impressive Alton keeper Matt Petts until the last few minutes.
Lewis Aimson managed to battle his way through a retreating midfield to pass to Beard in centre-box; the powerful frontman then controlled and turned the ball and split the packed defence with an unstoppable shot.
With a minute of added time to go Bashley relaxed to ponder who would be taking the penalties when a back pass to goalkeeper Burgess from Dathan fell short leaving the alert Liam Knight with the easiest of chances to score and send Alton into the Fourth Round.
Bashley: Burgess, Drake, Aimson, Farrugia, Phelps, Morris, Jackson, Strickland, Clements, Drew, Meddah
Used Subs: Dathan, Beard, Smith