Bashley 3 Bridport 0
The presence of both League Chairman gave an international feel to this cup tie between premier sides from the Wessex and Western Divisions.
Bashley were first into their stride with Hugh Datum unlucky to see his crisp header from a free kick graze the bar. Bash continued to attack and this time, a Brad Strickland header from a Harry Morgan teasing corner went under the bar, to give the home side a seventh minute lead.
Bridport were beginning to find their feet and the Bashley defensive line-up, already without the unavailable Lewis Ross, suffered a further blow when the influential Dan Thompson left the field with a leg injury.
Bashley continued to dominate with front runner Harry McGrath in fine fettle but unable to shake off a persistent Bridport backline and the linesman’s flag. Further frustration ensued when the post came to the rescue of what looked a certain goal. A double save by Bash keeper Jason Collins kept Bashley’s lead intact when he heroically body blocked a fierce drive and beat out the follow-up shot.
Bridport opened the second half with intent and were unlucky not to score early on with the goal exposed. They were very much in the game, but this ended 10 minutes in when McGrath beat the offside trap and, much to his and the crowds delight, cannoned the ball home from the righthand side of the box.
The home side now took charge and with twenty minutes to play sealed the game when Harry Morgan took over McGrath’s mantle by breaking through the middle and giving the Bee’s goal-minder, the gallant Scott Wells-Burr, little chance. The game was now free flowing as both teams sort a coda to this fine match. Collins saved well to protect his clean sheet and Wells-Burr performed acrobatics to stop McGrath doubling his personal score.
Lymington Town now await Bashley in the next round on Saturday 14th September at Bashley Road.
Bashley: Collins, Dathan, Smith, Strickland, Morris, Thompson, Webber, Morgan, McGrath, Whiteley, Prior
Used subs: Aimson, Bunce, Gould