Lymington Town 4 Bashley 1
Absence and injury didn’t help Bashley’ s cause although no blame can be attached to late imports from the Development squad, Josh Cook and George Croucher, and new signing Morgan Browning playing his first game this season after a long layoff.
An early attack Involving midfielder Lewis Ross, in an unfamiliar number nine role, combining with Cook and Harry Morgan showed promise and it took brave action by Lymington keeper, Nic Jones to disappoint Ross after he ran clear on goal. Lymington were dangerous on the break with Micky Finch and Sam House both unlucky with shots from distance.
Bashley took the lead whilst most of crowd were still enjoying their halftime tea. Almost straight from the kick-off, young Cook harried his marker into a poor back pass from near the corner flag; Ross leapt to the ball and slotted home past a surprised Jones from the most acute of angles.
The rest is best forgotten. A long free kick from Lymington’s Luke Churchill remain unchallenged until hitting the net. Ten minutes later, play was not stopped for a centre-field clash of heads that left Morgan prone and the Bash physio rushing from his seat. An incident that allowed Dominic Falcoa to score whilst a static Bash defence waited for the whistle.
A long stoppage soon after for a disputed discipline offence sucked the life from Bashley and their supporters. Churchill and Falcoa added to Bash’s misery by both scoring in the final minutes. An unfortunate catalogue of events that shouldn’t deflect from the fact that Lymington were worthy winners.
Bashley: Collins, Nicholls, Smith, Strickland, Morris, Thompson, Cook, Morgan, Ross, Whiteley, Webber
Used Subs: Browning, Croucher
Photo: Bash Scorer Lewis Ross