Watersiders Sink Battling Bash

Blackfield and Langley 3 Bashley 0
Semi-Final Southampton Senior Cup

Bashley, already with the scalps of Southern League Hartley Witney and Sholing on their belt, found Southern Premier Blackfield and Langley a bridge too far.

Played on the neutral ground of AFC Totton, Bashley found themselves a goal down after just three minutes when speedy wing-forward Shaquille Gwengwe left all standing before drifting inside to blast home.

Unperturbed, Bashley fought back and a shot from Conor Whiteley was scrambled round the post by keeper Lewis Noice. Bash fell further behind when Luke Rae was left with time and space to score from close range and the writing was on the wall.

To their credit Bashley, now settled into their passing game, fought back with Jack Smith forcing a corner which gave goal-scoring opportunities when not cleared; an excellent build-up created by Lewis Aimson finished with a twenty-yard drive from Harry Bunce that was just too high.

Bunce was again in action some minutes later when, after a mazy run, he was brought down on the edge of their box; unfortunately, the free-kick was wasted. Just before halftime, the irrepressible Bunce had the ball in the net, but this possible game-changer was flagged offside.

The hopes of Bashley disappeared when, within minutes of the re-start, confusion in the Bash defence ended with keeper Dan Kempson taking out a player as well as the ball. Pat Suraci made no mistake from the spot.

To their credit, Bash took this in their stride and continued to press and Harry McGrath made the bar shake when meeting a hard goalmouth cross from Bunce. Bashley continued to press forward until the end, Lewis Aimson had a long shot well saved; Lewis Ross drove forward but scuffed his shot and Jamie Webber, on as a late substitute, saw his shot go wide after cutting in from the right.

Moments later, when cutting in again his short, sharp pass was met by Lewis Ross only for his effort to be blocked on the goal-line. This Bash forward press also meant breakaway chances for the razor-sharp Watersiders, but Dan Kempson was solid and spectacular in keeping the door shut. Bashley fought hard throughout, a display well appreciated by their number of travelling supporters present but the hurdle was too high and B&L worthy winners.

Bashley: Kempson, Taylor, Thompson, Strickland, Aimson, Morris, Ross, Whiteley, Bunce, Smith, McGrath
Used Sub: Webber
Att: 100