Bashley 0 Alresford Town 1
With both sides unbeaten in the league this was destined to be an intriguing game and Saturdays’ thriller didn’t disappoint. Play was end to end from the start but surprisingly goal mouth thrills were at a premium with both defences placing no-entry signs around their respective goal areas.
Bashley, working the ball from the back, dominated up to the box but anything in the air was easy pickings for the tall Alresford defence. The size difference was apparent from the start and the visitors made full use of this advantage with long-throw specialist Shaun Dallimore peppering the goalmouth with line-throws from any distance within the home half; whilst Bashley’s trump card was Conor Whiteley for whom 40-yard goal-attempts were standard fare.
The best scoring chance fell to Bashley just before halftime when after good approach play Harry Morgan cut-in from the right only to see his well taken shot cannon off the post.
The intensity of the first half continued and it took and unfortunate stumble by the Bashley’s defensive rock and captain Brad Morris whose slip as he turned allowed Craig Harding to break free from close attention.
Harding, without his shadow, took full advantage and the visitors were one up. Whiteley incensed that his previous team should be in the lead unleashed a series of thunderbolts, all of which were on target, but good fortune was not.
Brad Strickland went off injured to be replaced by fit-again Dan Thompson and Ollie Smith came on for the tiring Harry Bunce. Harry McGrath saw his 30-yd drive held safely whilst Whiteley’s final effort from a similar distance was partly save at the post and scrambled clear.
This game was a credit to the Wessex Premier and a draw would have been a fair result, that said, nobody in the 221 crowd could say they didn’t get the money’s worth.
Bashley: Collins, Smith J, Aimson, Morgan, Morris, Strickland, Webber, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Bunce
Used Subs: Thompson, Smith O
Photo: Thunderbolt king Conor Whiteley