Bashley 0 Amesbury Town 3
Bashley surprised themselves as well as their supporters with a sluggish display against a revitalised Amesbury Town who have spent the first half of the season sitting firmly at the bottom of the league.
Amesbury, buoyant from the start, could have taken the lead immediately had they made better use of a free kick from the edge of the box. Bashley came back quickly and Harry McGrath appeared to have netted when breaking in from the left, but his effort had hit the side netting and was also deemed offside.
The visitors made light of the heavy conditions and squeezed Bashley at both ends of the pitch. Any inroads from Bashley were curtailed by sound defending and the home side’s lack of penetration. Ten minutes to halftime, Amesbury took a deserved lead when a slightly weak freekick taken by Bradley Doyle drifted over the defensive wall and ended up in the far corner of the net.
Any thoughts of a Bash revival ended 10 minutes after the restart when experienced defender Zak Pickett headed home from poorly defended corner. Stung into action, Bashley threw themselves forward, a Brad Strickland effort went wide, a Cameron Beard header hit the bar and a Harry Morgan chance went straight into to arms of Jordan Tewkesbury, the Blue’s underworked keeper.
Harry Bunce, still suffering from his recent bout of flu, was replaced by Billy Cooper and the pressure continued without ever seriously threatening the visitor’s goal. A breakaway in the final minute left Jack Francis free to score and complete Bashley’s new year misery.
Bashley: Kempson, Browning, Smith, Thompson, Strickland, Morris, Ross, Bunce, Morgan, Beard, McGrath
Used Sub: Cooper