Bournemouth FC 1 Bashley 4 (Played at Bashley)
Wessex League Premier
This away fixture was played at Bashley Road due to floodlight problems at Victoria Park, a move of little consequence considering Bashley’s current form, today’s win being their fifth consecutive league victory.
There had been some doubt earlier regarding the pitch but neither side seem concerned by the heavy conditions and football was fast and flowing. Bashley, and especially Harry Bunce, underlined black and gold dominance by attacking from the start and after twelve minutes he added to his recent series of remarkable goals by turning a Brad Morris long pass into a state of art goal that found the far high corner of the net from sixteen swerving yards.
From the restart he scored again but his effort was judged harshly as off-side. Six minutes later and Bash were two-up: a sparkling right-flank interchange between Tom Betts and Bunce was finished by the later whose tempting assist across the face of goal was met and buried by the charging Harry Morgan.
The onslaught continued into the second half with Conor Whiteley excelling in his holding centre forward position. The third goal was another eye-popper as non-Harry, Lewis Ross, crashed down the right and his radar-directed shot flew in off the far post.
The Poppies had by now found their feet and their response paid off when an opportunist high lob from Harvey Lewis glanced the bar and went in behind the back of keeper Dan Kempson.
Harry McGrath killed any thoughts of a Poppy revival when taking full advantage of the craft of Whiteley and Ross to finish with a trademark net-breaking power drive.
With 20 minutes to go Bournemouth applied pressure whilst Bashley held firm and gave their frozen bench a deserved outing.
Bashley: Kempson, Betts, Smith, Thompson, Strickland, Ross, Morris, Bunce, Whiteley, Morgan, McGrath
Used Subs: Beard, Cooper, Webber
Photo: Two of the scorers, Harry Bunce and Harry Morgan