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
Photo: Goalkeeper Harry Gravett in action (Les Chase)