Bashley U18s blossom in the sun

Bashley 2 Horndean 1
Hants County Youth League Division 2
Sunday 15th September 2019

On a Sunday best spent on the beach, young Bashley made light of the temperature to record a well-deserved win.

Sam Eames opened the scoring when his dipping cross-shot from wide distance dropped in over the goalkeeper’s head. Bash were very much in charge and a bustling run and cross from Barnaby Smith was met and buried by Kieran Olley.

Horndean became more active in the second half and scored via a penalty with thirty minutes still to play. The hot conditions were taking their toll and with both defensives holding firm there was no further score.

Photo: Bash U18s at home to Horndean a Bash corner during the game

Bashley’s Vase Dream Shattered by Aimson Double Fracture

Bashley 1 Lymington Town 4
FA Vase end Qualifying Round
Saturday 14th September 2019

Bashley’s dream of Vase glory was shattered in the tenth minute when influential defender Lewis Aimson fell awkwardly to earth after rising to meet a corner. The crack, when he fell on his arm, was loud and ominous.

The unfortunate Lewis who had just returned from a serious leg injury and, before that a broken collar bone, achieved an unwanted treble when a double fracture of his lower arm was diagnosed.

The writing was on the wall for Bashley before this incident as in the third minute of play they conceded a penalty when Dominic Falco was needlessly brought down; the conversion of which was bread and butter to prolific scorer Michael Gosney.

Tom Betts replaced the hospital bound Aimson just in time to see Falco brush aside the now unsettled defence to score with relative ease. The onslaught continued and it took a double save from Jason Collins in the Bash goal to keep the game alive.

This reprieve didn’t last long, and it was Steve Flynn who was next to help himself to the largesse of the home defence when he drifted through to slot home a third goal for the visitors.

It took until to the final minutes of the half before punch-drunk Bashley cleared their heads and a ferocious drive by Harry McGrath, that almost hospitalised the goal side spectators as it hurtled past the post, gave hope of a revival.

The break served its purpose and a revitalised Bashley took to the field, Lymo keeper Nic Jones was called to action when Harry Morgan went close after being put through by a Jack Smith assist. The breakthrough came when McGrath cantered down the right, moved inside and his shot, tangent to both goal mouth and keeper and found the far corner of the net.

Bashley, unfortunately, were back in the game for just two minutes! A freekick was awarded the visitors some 35 yards out right of goal. With a packed defence in place, this didn’t ring alarm bells but the sight of Gosney on the ball should have done as the ball was in the net before anyone moved!

Despite the almost hopelessness of their position, Bashley now started to dominate the play, Conor Whiteley and Harry Bruce came on an added a creative touch to the forward play but despite their efforts and a goalmouth melee that saw Jones scramble-saving from Morgan, Bunce and Betts, scoring was not on the Bash menu.

Bashley: Collins, Smith, Aimson, Strickland, Morris, Thompson, Webber, Ross, McGrath, Morgan, Prior
Used Subs: Betts, Whiteley, Bunce
Att: 167

Action photo taken by Flynn McKee (Harry Morgan (No.10) and Lewis Ross with Lymington’s Tim Stephenson (Ex Bashley) on the right.

Bashley Development topple league leaders Fawley

Fawley 2 Bashley 4
Wyvern Combination League West
Saturday 14th September 2019

Fawley’s 100% league record looked safe after they took an early lead by taking full advantage of a defensive error.

Bashley, stung into action, replied with two well worked goals; the first an athletic diving header from Kyle John-Clement from a Matty Crowe free kick followed by a well-placed finish by Greg Cooper.

Bashley entered the second half as the dominant side before a disputed penalty awarded for handball saw Fawley draw level.

Bashley, to their credit fought back with Ryan Davies forcing home a Billy Cooper corner and the league’s top scorer, George Croucher adding to his impressive goal tally by slotting home Bashley’s fourth.

Photo: scorer Kyle John-Clement

Eight Goals by George

Josh Cook

Sway 0 Bashley 8
Wyvern Combination (West)

On fire Bashley striker, George Croucher, set Sway Jubilee Field alight and increased his personal tally to seven goals in two games with a first half hattrick in this Forest derby.

The Bashley Development side were five up at halftime with midfielders Josh Cook and Billy Cooper opening the scoring before Croucher took over the scoring mantle.

Ryan Davies and Jonny Davis added two more in the second half with Joseph Pigott coming off the bench to claim goal number eight.

Bashley: Hind D, Christie, Cook, Cooper, Croucher, Crowe, Davies, Davis, John-Clement, Knott, Petty
Used Subs: Pigott, Hind G

Photo: opening scorer Josh Cook

Bash on the Wrong End of a One Goal Thriller

Bashley 0 Alresford Town 1
Wessex Premier

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
Attendance: 221

Photo: Thunderbolt king Conor Whiteley

Bashley Ease into the Next Round

Brad Strickland

Bashley 3 Bridport 0
FA Vase

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
Att: 135

A Tale of two Penalties

Bashley 1 Baffins Milton Rovers 1 (Baffins win 4-3 on penalties)
Wessex League Cup

This game was marred by the anti-respect behaviour of a Baffin’s player who was red carded during the interval. The game lacked cup-tie excitement and produced a stalemate result as Bashley’s consistent attacks through the middle and down the flanks were nullified by an extremely well drilled and hard tackling Baffins defence.

The visitors opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Tyler Morley took advantage of a hesitant Bashley defence and the score was levelled just before halftime when Lewis Ross converted from the spot after Harry Morgan was upended.

The second half started with Baffins down to 10 men and Bashley one again failed to break the packed Baffins defence. Goal scorer Lewis Ross strode up to take the first penalty of the shoot out and blazed over the bar, there were no further misses until Bash failed again with the fifth leaving Baffins winners 4 to 3.

Positives for Bashley being a crowd of 165 and the re-appearance of Lewis Aimson after a long-lay-off.

Bashley Bank five on Holiday Saturday

Amesbury 1 Bashley 5
Wessex Premier

Bashley made hay with a five-goal spree despite the oxygen sapping sun that made running an act of will-power. The start, however, wasn’t an indicator of what was to come as Bashley were a goal down before their sun cream had dried after failing to clear a goalmouth cross converted by Jack Hopper that gifted Amesbury an early lead.

It took a while for Bashley to settle although a well-directed, but cleared, 30 yd free kick from Conor Whiteley showed intent. This was emphasised when Lewis Ross powered from midfield only to have his mazy run into the home area crudely terminated. He duly dispatched the resulting penalty to level the scores.

Bashley’s first change came after 20 minutes when after a clash of heads, a groggy Tom Betts was replaced by Hugh Dathan. Thirteen minutes later it was Dathan who gave Bash the lead when he directed a downward header from a Harry Morgan cross into the corner of the net.

The Blues were vocal and strong in the tackle and although yellow cards came thick and fast there was never animosity. Bashley were purring and increased their lead when flank-flying Jack Smith send a hard-fast cross into the unprotected goalmouth which was bundled into the net at speed by the prompt arrival of Jamie Webber.

The sun was relentless, and the visitors refreshed legs by bringing on Jesse Gould and Harry Bunce. Amesbury were still in the game but despite the setting sun being a problem for Jason Collins in the Bash goal, he was never seriously troubled.

Whiteley added his name to the scorers list when a Bunce cross into the goal-area provided target practice for the Bash forwards; keeper Jordan Tewkesbury pulled off two reaction saves before he was put out of his misery by the number 10’s net-breaker.

With eight minutes to go, Harry McGrath was rewarded for his non-stop running by feeding off a Gould assist and shooting past an overworked Tewkesbury.

Bashley: Collins, Betts, Smith, Morgan, Morris, Thompson, Webber, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Prior
Used Subs: Dathan, Gould, Bunce
GOALS: (Ross 20′ Dathan 33′ Webber 52′ Whiteley 78′ McGrath 82′)

Att: 52
Photo: Goal scorer Harry McGrath

Bashley Sail Back with a Hard-Earned Point

Cowes Sports 1 Bashley 1
Wessex Premier

This was a somewhat disappointing result for Bashley who arrived with high hopes of a three-point plunder. Any thoughts, however, of easy pickings were quickly dispersed when Cowes scored from a corner within the opening minute when a ‘red jetlagged’ Bash defence gifted Ash Brett a free header.

Minutes later, with the visitors still adjusting to their surroundings, Yachtsmen’s Gareth Bricknall was granted acres of space and with only the keeper to beat, shot wide. Then, on the sixth minute, Bashley drew level and the game became a contest. A deft pass from Harry McGrath working in from the right was met by the encroaching Harry Morgan whose instant reaction sent the ball across the face of the goal to lodge in the far corner of the net leaving keeper Ed Hatt well and truly ‘Harried’.

Play was now even; Cowes had several chances, but Dan Thompson and Brad Morris mounted an unbreachable last line of defence. Bashley also found penetration hard and frustration was beginning to mount, then minutes before halftime opportunity beckoned when they were awarded a penalty. McGrath broke through the home defence and Hatt’s dive for the ball also upended the Bash no. 9. Lewis Ross’s fierce drive towards the top corner was intercepted by the athleticism of Hatt whose reputation as a shot stopper was there for all to see.

The second half like the first started with the ball in the net, unfortunately this time Jamie Webber’s effort was judged as being offside. Soon after, a perfectly timed header by Hugh Dathan from a corner was another victim of Hatt’s goalkeeping ability, this time a jack-in-the-box leap to tip over.

Ross atoned for his penalty miss with a body-stretching goal line clearance that prevented a home winner whilst interplay between Jack Smith and Morgan from midfield to box deserved better. Ollie Smith and Harry Bunce came on to add to Bash pressure but in the last minute it was the Yachtsman who nearly sailed away with three points when Jimmy Wyke was presented with an open goal: fortunately for Bash the ball preferred cloud spotting.

Bashley: Collins, Smith J, Thompson, Strickland, Morris, Morgan (6′), Dathan, Ross, McGrath, Whiteley, Webber
Used Subs: Smith O, Bunce
Att: 135

Gone with the Wind

Hamworthy United 3 Bashley 0
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Hamworthy’s County Ground Stadium, on the edge of Poole Harbour, took the full force of Saturday’s storms and Bashley’s chances of a FA Cup run were literally blown away.

Bashley kicked off with the wind at their backs on an unusually dry 3G pitch which gave off puffs of rubber dust when trodden down liken to a racehorse on a dirt track. Good football was out of the question and Bashley found it hard to adjust their play to meet the extreme conditions.

Jamie Webber and Ollie Smith were energetic and determined in their forward rolls but the absence or a proven striker resulting from injury and dual signings being not available for cup-ties, was evident throughout the game.

Hamworthy, did not fare much better but did have the advantage of home ‘turf’ and two established strikers in Dan Cann and ex-Bashley hitman Cameron Beard and it was the later that came closest to scoring when his sharp shot hit the bar with Ollie Bull in the Bash goal well beaten.

Bashley’s best chance felt to Lewis Ross who leapt clear from a packed goalmouth to meet Conor Whiteley’s arcing wind-assisted cross, but his valiant effort flew over the bar. Bashley were more at home in the second half playing against the wind and looked the most likely to score; a Jack Smith defence splitting pass sent Hugh Dathan goal-wards but his shot was easily held by Hammer keeper Sam Jones, whilst a Whiteley free kick from just outside the box was below his expected standard and drifted past the post.

Recently signed Harry Morgan came on and immediately took up a forward position but had hardly settled when, against the run of play, Hamworthy took the lead. Receiving the ball from a short corner, Matt Steer lifted a cross towards the goalmouth only for the wind to take over control and lift the ball up and over the helpless Bull and into the net.

Bashley retaliated immediately and after a bustling burst from midfield, Morgan was through on goal only to be unceremoniously dumped on the floor and the ball filched from his foot just two yards from the line. Had this gone in it would have been a different game but the wind had other ideas; a hopeful lob from Matt Steer was embraced by a lusty gust that once again took the ball up and over a bemused Bull before hitting terra firma in net land.

Jesse Gould and Harry Bunce came on and the last 20 minutes were all Bashley but despite the onslaught and a disputed penalty appeal, keeper Jones was never fully extended and in the dying minutes Bashley finally lost their puff when Beard took advantage of an up-field defence to add a third and only non-wind-assisted goal.

Bashley: Bull, Smith J, Thompson, Strickland, Speers, Dathan, Ross, Webber, Whiteley, Smith o
Used Subs: Morgan, Gould, Bunce
Att: 110