A Red end to a Close Game

Cameron Beard

Christchurch 2 Bashley 1

(Wilcock 45′ Cherrett 65′) (Beard 48′) Att: 113
Wessex Premier

This highly anticipated game was not short of thrills, but the expected climax was curtailed by two late red cards.

Bashley, without a game in almost three weeks and with returning new boy Cameron Beard making a season’s first appearance in a black and gold shirt, kicked off down the slope and immediately went on the attack and an early strike from Harry Morgan was just wide.

This dominance was short-lived and Christchurch, with height advantage at both ends countered with speed and anticipation that handcuffed Bash’s passing game. Their eagerness to dominate was slightly overplayed when a goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by their own player!

Yet is was Bash that almost scored first when an out-swinging corner from Morgan was anticipated by the advancing Dan Thompson who scorched the air just above the bar with a powerful header. The home side continued to press until Bashley hit form in the final five minutes of the half.

A flowing training manual move ended with Morgan finding the wrong side of the bar followed by a midfield launched catapult shot from Thompson that hit first, the inside bottom of the post, and then keeper Lewis Gunstone-Grey as it sped across the open goalmouth.

Then, almost before the post stopped reverberating, an air-ball from long-throw specialist Ron Frost caught Bash sky-watching, leaving Max Wilcock free to open the scoring from close range and end the first half.

It took just three minutes for a rejuvenated Bashley to get back into the game, smart work by the ever-active Harry Bunce found Beard in space some ten metres outside of the box and his penetrating drive hit the back of the net before you could say, welcome back Cameron.

Minutes later, another Bunce assist send Beard goal bound only to have his mission abruptly ended in the penalty area. The ever-reliable Lewis Ross took the spot kick and his hard, low shot to the far corner was superbly intercepted by the diving Gunstone-Grey.

Unperturbed, Bashley continued to apply pressure with the best chance falling to Bunce who shot wide. With twenty-four minutes left to play Bashley’s wall of confidence cracked when a lofted freekick taken from some distance was headed home from above the stretched hands of Dan Kempson by Brad Cherrett and despite protests of impediment the goal stood.

Back in the lead and now with a proven formula, the Priory peppered the Bash area with high kicks and long throws but this time Kempson had their measure with a series of well time catches. At the other end Harry McGrath netted after an explosive run by Thompson but the official’s flag was not a surprise. What was a surprise was a hard tackle that took the ball from the toes of Ben Satterley that that earned Beard a red card quickly followed by a red card for Christchurch’s Frost for a kick when grounded. Incidents that seemed harsh to by-standers and slightly marred a game that hab been played in good spirits.

Bashley: Kempson, Webber, Smith, Morris, Thompson, Strickland, Bunce, Ross, Beard, Morgan, McGrath
Used Subs: none

Ross has final say in local clash

Bashley 2 Lymington 1
Wessex Premier

This highly anticipated local derby had the crowd on their toes from the off with Bashley captain, Brad Morris, laying down the gauntlet when sending a shot of some venom just short of the bar. After arriving late to an early corner. The battle lines were drawn when Lymington reacted immediately by rattling the bar at the other end.

Minutes later Conor Whitley was brought down in the box, but his appeal was waved away. The impasse was broken after twenty minutes when a Harry Bunce cross into the Lymington area became the centre of interest before breaking free to Harry Morgan who found goal with a low hard drive from ten yards.

Whiteley, put through on the wide-left by Morris had a snapshot brush the post whilst Bash keeper Dan Kempson did well to leg-out a goal bound shot. The visitors applied pressure in the later end of the half and drew level from a find goal from in-form scorer Dom Falco who met a half volley swirled and shot in one movement giving Kempson no chance.

The second half was no different with both teams striving for the winner. Bashley, who played unchanged throughout looked the more settled side and an early move involving Whiteley and Bunce saw the latter’s shot well saved.

Harry McGrath was active and after a double corner finish the move, but his shot was too high. Bashley continued to press and Dan Thompson was unlucky when slightly off-balance with an audacious hook shot.

Lymington were never out of the game and their accurate cross-field passing and strong runs a constant danger. The decider was the work of Lewis Ross, ironically a former Lymington player. Ross was taken out by a yellow-card foul as he broke free down the left-hand touchline. Morgan’s beautifully floated free kick caused mayhem in the area and was half cleared to the delight of Ross who buried the ball from just wide of the far post.

The remaining thirteen minutes were edge of the seat stuff as both teams fought to the end. A classic well-fought classic local derby.

Bashley: Kempson, Webber, Smith, Morris, Thompson, Strickland, Bunce, Ross, Whiteley, Morgan, McGrath
Att: 159

Tadley Harried in the Rain

Bashley 3 Tadley Calleva 1
Wessex Premier

The continuous rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the two Harrys, McGrath and Bunce, who found the net three times in conditions more suitable for growing rice. Bashley, with the influential Jack Smith and Conor Whitely returned from suspension, and new signing Dan Kempson playing his first game for the black and golds, kicked off facing the elements.

They made their intent clear from the start with a series of long-range attempts from the boot of Conor Whiteley that tested both keeper and goalframe. It was McGrath, however, who found the key to the vault when activated on his favoured left flank by a Dan Thompson pass, he pranced into the box and drove home through the legs of the advancing keeper.

The remaining twelve minutes of the half was played out in midfield with neither goalkeeper seriously under treat.

Bashley, now with the wind and rain at their backs, opened strongly and three minutes from the re-start increased their lead when Tadley keeper Jack Martin failed to hold a long shot from Whiteley and the resulting rebound was quickly dispatched by the foraging Harry Bunce.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Tadders pulled a goal back when a poor pass from midfield was intercepted and the resultant breakaway let in Brett Denham who surprised the under-used Dan Kempson with a sharp shot.

Bashley, conscious of losing their hard-fought lead, steam-rolled forward with increased determination. Young striker George Croucher came on for the tiring Whiteley and his central presence left space for the reenergised McGrath who along with Bunce and Morgan terrorised the Tadley goal area. Croucher and Morgan both had chances saved but it was McGrath who capitalised on the mayhem and underlined his pedigree with a superb goal.

Following a dynamic run down the centre, that scattered the retreating defence like a ball through skittles, he hit the back of the net with a shot from distance whilst still on full throttle. There was just time for the redundant Dan Kempson in the Bash goal to prove his worth with a smart reaction save to stop a late Tadley goal.

Bashley: Kempson, Webber, Frost, Morris, Thompson, Strickland, Bunce, Ross, Whiteley, Morgan, McGrath
Used sub: Croucher

Attendance: 107

Photo: Double goal scorer Harry McGrath

Bashley U18s Leave it Late

Fleet 4 Bashley 4 (Bashley win 6-5 on penalties)
Hampshire FA Sunday U18’s Cup (Round Two)

After a 63-mile trip it took young Bash a while to settle and they were two goals down as the half drew to a close. Then, in the final two minutes remaining, Bashley made sure of a pleasant halftime with goals from Joe Pigott and Dam Eames.

The visitors then went ahead four minutes from the re-start thanks to a cracking goal from Harry Bailey only to see Fleet equalise from the spot a later to score again and take the lead. The game continued at pace and with a few minutes left Bashley brought on Barney Smith as a twin striker and the ploy paid off as Joe Pigott struck the equaliser in the 91st minute.

The game then went straight to penalties where a jubilant Bashley won 5-6. Penalty scorers for Bash: Jacob Miller, Billy Cooper, Adam Fidler, Joe Pigott, Harry Bailey and Barney Smith.

The third-round draw sees The Bashley U18’s traveling away to face Petersfield Town U18’s.

Photo: Joe Pigott, Team captain and scorer of two match-time goals and a penalty in the shoot-out.

Not Quite good Enough

Portland Utd 2 Bashley 1
Wessex Premier

A welcome return of the sun but a depleted Bashley were not quite good enough on the day. Suspensions and injuries did little to hinder Bashley’s thrust and endeavour, but the balance shown in previous games was lacking with key personnel missing.

Portland dominated from the off and their strength and speed was an immediate problem. Bashley’s first attack was instigated by the diminutive Harry Bunce, whose terrier-like tactics caused problems for the hosts throughout the match; his forward pass to Ollie Smith was a defence breaker but the finish was not there.

Bash Keeper Harry Gravett saved the visitors’ blushes minutes later when diving bravely to claim the ball off the feet of the on-rushing Portland frontman. Another surge from will-of-the-wisp Bunce found Harry McGrath in a similar position and this time it was Blue’s keeper Steve Boore who returned the compliment.

Bunce’s eagerness to win the game at all costs was vocal as well as physical and his impetuosity earned a 10-minute cool off in the Sinbin followed closely by a yellow card.

Ollie Smith, who had been labouring with a foot injury for some time, was replaced at halftime by George Croucher. An inch perfect Lewis Ross cross found Billy Cooper alone in the box, but his spin and shot was sliced wide.

Bashley were now taking the game to their hosts and Croucher just failed to make contact to a Bunce assist whilst a Jamie Webber cross shot to the near corner was smothered by the diving Boore.

Portland during this early period had one attempt but failed to capitalise when Jamie Symes headed wide in front of an empty net. This changed however in the seventieth minute when a midfield error let in United’s no. 12 Jamie Beasley who was causing mayhem after coming off the bench. The resulting corner into the packed area was forced home to break the stalemate.

As happens often when the dam is cracked, Portland scored a second almost immediately with a 35-yard fizzer from the foot of Ben Morris.

Bashley, to their credit, drove forward and pulled one back when a cross-shot from an acute angle by McGrath spun over the keeper. Bash battled to the end, a thirty-yard effort from Dan Thompson whistled past the post and a McGrath shot was well saved.

Bashley: Gravett, Crowe, Webber, Morgan, Thompson, Morris, Smith, Ross, McGrath, Cooper, Bunce
Used Subs: Croucher, Betts
Att: 120

Four Day Double for Bashley

Bashley 3 AFC Stoneham 0
Southampton Senior Cup

Bashley completed a laudable double over high-flying AFC Stoneham by following up Saturday’s 3-2 league win with a midweek Groundhog Day, this time by three clear goals.

Both teams put out strong sides for this cup encounter and it was the visitors who struck first with a header just past the post; quick retaliation by Bashley was foiled when keeper Matt Fredericks blocked a Conor Whiteley shot.

Whiteley was also on hand to set up Bashley’s opener; his cross into to the box was half-cleared and picked up by Ollie Smith who showed great control in moving forward from the edge of the area and hitting home from ten yards past a surprised keeper.

A period of open play followed with Stoneham’s speed of interception limiting the home side to the occasional break-away. This all ended a minute before halftime when following a corner, a frantic succession of shots ping-ponged off bodies and woodwork until Harry McGrath brought sanity to the situation by controlling the dizzy ball and smashing it into the net without interference.

Bash started the second half with intent and Whiteley was just inches from connecting with a McGrath sharp pass across the goal line. Stoneham, seeing the game slipping away threw everything forward and their high press looked almost certain to bring reward as they peppered the Bashley goal with crosses, headers and shots. Their efforts were in vain thanks mainly to the anticipation and reflexes of Bash keeper Harry Gravett, the reflective power of the Bashley goal frame and the Purple’s inability to shot and head straight!

Bashley brought on their bench a gradually retook control. McGrath, Lewis Ross and Harry Morgan went close, but it was a move by Ollie Smith that led to the third and final goal when he was hacked down in the area with goal at his mercy; Ross took the penalty and his blast was unstoppable.

Bashley: Gravett, Nicolls, Webber, Morris, Strickland, Thompson, Smith O, Ross, Whiteley, Morgan, McGrath
Used Subs: Betts, Cooper, Crowe
Att: 113

Photo: Goalkeeper Harry Gravett in action (Les Chase)

A Ross Double sees Bashley Home

Bashley 3 AFC Stoneham 2
Wessex Premier

Bashley, without the injured Jason Collins and Morgan Browning, gave first team starts to goalkeeper Harry Gravett and Centre Back Matt Crowe with the last season’s top scorer Dan Munday, now residing in the Midlands, making a surprise first appearance on the bench.

The opening minutes were scrappy with both teams lacking purpose; this all changed in the thirtieth minute when a forward movement by Bashley came to a full stop with the ball loose in the box when, as if teleported, midfielder Lewis Ross strode through a hesitant Stoneham defence and netted confidently from 14 yards.

The game eventually took shape, Bashley concentrated on feeding the forward runs of Harry McGrath and Conor Whiteley assisted by the darting moves of Harry Bunce whilst the height and strength of the Purple’s forwards kept the Bash defence on their toes.

Bunce was just a boot short of connecting with a McGrath cross whilst a well worked move from the Stoneham forwards collapsed at the sight of an open goal. Bashley increased their lead just before halftime when a fine flowing move involving Ross, Whiteley and McGrath caused havoc in the Stoneham box: a situation exploited by Bunce who triumphantly lashed home McGrath’s deflected shot.

Stoneham came back immediately, and it took a brave, near post save by Gravett, to keep Bash’s two goal lead intact. The visitors piled on the pressure as the half started and it took another fine reaction save from Gravett to keep the slate clean. Ten minutes later Stoneham pulled one back – an attack launched from a defensive position sliced through a back peddling Bashley defence leaving frontman Callum Laycock free to score.

Bashley dug in to protect their now narrow lead and made changes with Tom Betts coming on to stiffen the defence whilst Dan Munday was asked to pull on his boots for the first time this season. It was however Ross who re-established a two goal cushion the result of a crowd-pleasing move that saw McGrath break down the left and find Bunce who instead of shooting from an acute angle passed clinically into the projected path of the in-rushing Ross whose perfect run and timing sent the ball fizzing past a startled Parker-Trott.

Stoneham, to their credit fought on: Gravett was forced into another point blank save and then, to add sauce to the tension, the visitors scored from the spot via a Chris Manning late penalty. Dan Munday’s fifteen-minute return was robbed of legend status when his final-minute high spinning shot was fingered out of the far top corner of the net by a flying Parker-Trott. A heart-warming game.

Bashley: Garvett, Crowe, Webber, Morris, Strickland, Thompson, Bunce, Ross, Whiteley, Morgan, McGrath
Used Subs: Betts, Munday, Cooper
Att: 189

Photo: Two goal Lewis Ross

Bashley FC are delighted to announce their charity of the year

Bashley FC are pleased to announce that their charity for this season is Amelia’s Rainbow. Amelia’s Rainbow is a local charity who provide grants to children with serious, life-limiting or terminal illnesses.

Thanks to the charity’s supporters Amelia’s Rainbow help over 100 families a year. The aim is to create environments of fun, achievement and memories for each family. This is achieved through providing grants for activities, holidays and equipment that enrich the lives of children who need the support. The charity is now in its ninth year and proud to be helping more families than ever before.

After asking the club’s members and executive board, Amelia’s Rainbow was the overwhelming choice and we are looking forward to raising awareness and funds for the charity over the course of the season.

Amelia’s Rainbow have a holiday home situated 3 miles away from Bashley which allows families a free holiday to explore the surrounding areas and create lasting memories. We hope to welcome some of the families to Bashley Road during the season.

The charity be running a raffle and a bucket collection at the upcoming home match against Amesbury on 12th October 2019. This is also Non-League Day and entry to the match is £3 for adults and concessions and free for under 18’s.

Bash go wild about Harrys

Bashley 3 Hamworthy Utd 1
Wessex Premier

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
Att: 108

Photos: The two Harrys

Bashley Lose both Points and Manners

Bashley 1 Solent University 2
Wessex Premier

Any thoughts of easy pickings were soon discounted when bottom club Solent University started strongly and dominated the first ten minutes. Bashley’s best chance fell to Jamie Webber when he sliced wide following a Conor Whiteley attempt that came back off the crossbar whilst at the other end a high bouncing ball almost surprised the Bash defence as it landed just past the post.

Bash pressed forward and Harry Bunce, after leaving his defender cold, was denied a successful finish by the alertness of Solent keeper Alex Londors. Then a turning point, a poor clearance gave the Student’s Tam Demunga a free pass to goal which was joyfully accepted.

Bashley strove forward in search of an equaliser: Harry McGrath found the wrong side of the bar after excellent approach work by Lewis Ross; a fiercely struck drive from Jack Smith from 35 yards surprised everyone apart from the keeper who’s acrobatic save seemed impossible! Moments later an effort from Will Prior suffered the same fate as Londors once more excelled.

The second half started with the home side looking confident and far from worried. This all changed when a run by Alex Jean- Pierre, Solent’s big frontman, left Bash keeper Jason Collins in two-minds and his lob over the advancing keepers head answered that problem.

With thirty-five minutes still to play the game was still there to be won but unexpectedly the home side lost composure. Whiteley went into the record books as the first Bashley player to experience the Sin Bin and Bunce was lucky to not to join him.

This result was a loss of focus and uneven play. Jack Smith who had been the subject of a nasty tackle moments before was given a red card for an elbow which could have been accidental, but this was seen differently by the officials who were both close by.

With four minutes left to play Bashley pulled one back the result of a penalty when McGrath was brought down in the area. Ross gave no chance from the spot. Brad Strickland was on for Whiteley and Ollie Smith for Will Prior, but the late equaliser never came just another a yellow card.

Bashley: Collins, Webber, Smith J, Morris, Browning, Thompson, Bunce, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Prior
Used Subs: Strickland, Smith O
Att: 127

Photo: Bash Scorer Lewis Ross by Les Chase