Bashley 3 Oxford City 0
National League U19 Alliance
Bashley, who were canned 6-1 on a recent outing to the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, gave a 3-goal lesson to their National League South rivals in this reverse fixture.
After a bright opening by both teams, with the odds in favour of the more physical Oxford City, it was the home side that opened the scoring when the super-charged Harry Hogan was first to a teasing cross from wing-back Tyler Mitchell and, despite close attention, bundled the ball home at the far post.
Bashley were now in the ascendancy but this looked to be short-lived when the influential Leon Carbayo-Borges was taken out by a heavy tackle which ended his participation. It was, however, his replacement, Callum Braden, that increased Bashley’s lead when, five minutes before halftime, he rose above the Oxford defence to power-head a swinging corner into the roof of the net. An excellent save in the last minute by Bash keeper Joel Hirdle from a goal-bound free-kick made it Bashley’s half.
It was a more determined Oxford that came out for the second forty-five but by now Bashley had grown in confidence, defended well and were always dangerous on the break. This was well illustrated when midway through the half, Hogan collected a forward pass from just short of midfield and outran the chasing pack to finish in style with a well-drilled shot that gave the Oxford keeper no chance. Bashley then saw the game out with relative ease to finished worthy winners.
Bashley: Hirdle, Crowe, Mitchell, Bourne, Rose, Pigott, Cook, Cooper, Hogan, White, Carbayo-Borges
Used Subs: Braden, Hoey.
Photo: Goal Scorer (2) Harry Hogan