Bashley 3 Hamworthy Utd 1
Bashley reverted to form after late September doldrums with three heart-warming goals. Manager Paul Morris’s ploy of giving attacking midfielder Conor Whitely the number nine shirt with Harry McGrath and Harry Bunce as wide attackers brought a new energy to the frontline which was evident straight from the kick-off.
It was however ex-Bash striker Cameron Beard who left the first mark, but this was on the back legs of Lewis Ross allowing Conor Whiteley a chance from the resultant free kick to test Hammer keeper Ollie King.
Bashley were back to their flowing best and Harry McGrath, happy in his left-sided roll, collected a Harry Bunce assist and let fly from his wide position to open the scoring in the thirteenth minute. Somewhat surprisingly, Hamworthy equalised eight minutes later when the closely surrounded Jason Collins failed to hold a free kick which was then netted from close range by Beard.
The game now opened with chances at both ends: a Whiteley run and shot hit the side netting whilst an unfortunate rebound left the visitors with an open goal that was denied by a flying goal line clearance by Bash captain, Brand Morris.
Bunce, whose over zealousness brought a yellow card but did not stop his torture of the away defence, was on hand to head back a telling cross into the Hamworthy goal area, there followed a bewildering array of shots and clearances before Bunce stepped in to put the ball out of its misery and regain the lead. Bashley finished the half with a dazzling display of attacking football.
Jack Nicholls came on for Morgan Browning as the second half commenced and it was Hamworthy who took the upper hand. Collins, still smarting from letting in the first goal, then should his worth with several brave and reaction saves to frustrate the visitors and eventually the game settled to a less frenetic pace.
Ollie Smith came on for the tiring Bunce and then, with seven minutes left to play, McGrath made sure of the points with an eye-popping strike from twenty-five plus yards from the wide right that was hit with such venom it was almost impossible to see its flight! Game over.
Bashley: Collins, Webber, Smith J, Morris, Browning, Thompson, Bunce, Ross, Whiteley, Morgan, McGrath
Used Subs: Nicholls, Smith O, Prior
Photos: The two Harrys