CHERTSEY TOWN vs BASHLEY FC - Pre-season Friendly
By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Monday 28th July 2014

DUEL IN THE SUN (Saturday 26th July 2014)

An intriguing friendly played in sub-tropical conditions between two teams preparing
for their new seasons. Chertsey Town, now in the Premier Division of the Combined
Counties League had the slight advantage of being unbeaten in three pre-season
games and having aspirations for a title challenge. Bash on the other hand boasted
two wins and a defeat, their victory’s being against Conference South Gosport, and a
Christchurch side full of optimism for the coming season, Brad Morris the only
remaining player from the trench warfare of last season. Managers Graham
Speechley-Price and Andy Darton fielded a 15 man squad which included a number
of trialists including ex-Bash veteran, Richard Morse.

Bashley found themselves a goal down after just two minutes from a wickedly
deflected free kick that gave goalkeeper Callum Mayer no chance. Not surprisingly
this unsettled the young Bashley team who were still trying to come to terms with a
hard pitch and in some cases unfamiliar team mates. After 13 minutes this changed
when a Leighton Speechley-Price free kick, smartly saved by the Chertsey keeper,
heralded a sustained period of Bash pressure followed by shots from 16 year-old
Mitchell Speechley-Price, Ryan Ferguson and Shivan Roushbaiani. After a much
needed drinks break the first half resumed with Chertsey going close on two
occasions after the Bash defence failed to clear their lines.

Bashley’s first change came prematurely after 35 minutes when the injured Connor
Cullingford was replaced in midfield by Richard Morse. Bash came back strongly
towards the end of an even first half with Matt Oldring directing affairs from defensive
midfield whilst flank runs from wing backs Aaron Dunne and Brad Morris fed the
bustling Mitchell S-P. The runs of Shivan and the educated left foot of Leighton S-P
were also prominent being well fed by a creative midfield trio. Chertsey were always
dangerous on the break but could never fully master the hard pitch and their
indecision when put through allowed the recovering Bash defenders time to cut off
goal-scoring options. The half ended with Bashley in ascendance.
The second half started well for Bash with a couple of headed attempts on goal
before the first substitution was made after 8 minutes with Shivan being replaced by
Husam Aurow. Bash continued pressing with Mitchell SP heading over from a corner
and were rewarded in the 57 minute when another corner again delivered sweetly by
Leighton SP was headed home by the charging Matt Oldring. This was followed by
both teams ringing the changes with Chris Hall replacing Ryan Ferguson and Matt
Head in for a limping Mitchell SP who picked up a dead leg to complement his egg-
sized foot blister. After another welcomed drinks break, Bash reformed with Leighton
SP spearing an attack that had Husam Aurow playing in front of Brad Morris on the
right flank. Chertsey had no answer to this trio as the interplay between the two
flankers created space for Husam to send over a number of excellent crosses and
lay-backs into the box which resulted in a number of spurned goal chances. The
deserved goal arrived in the 86th minute with Leighton SP timing his run to perfection
only to be up-ended in the box. Rising from the dust he then put the resulting penalty
away with panache. The goal stung Chertsey into life and, with 10 minutes still to play
as a result of the drinks break, they threw caution to the wind opting for all out attack
which thankfully came to nowt due in part to a fine saving tackle by Brad Morris and
the excellent positional sense of a sturdy goalpost in the last minute of the game!

An excellent workout for Bashley that leaves joint managers Darts and Graham SP
with plenty to think about: there were no glaring weaknesses from the registered
players and trialists on show and enough top performances to create the nucleus of
an established squad. Both teams should be congratulated for playing total football
in temperatures in excess of 27c (high eighties for you oldies).

Bashley: Callum Mayer, Aaron Dunne, Brad Morris, Matt Oldring, Greg King, Bauwe
Buan, Connor Cullingford (Richard Morse 35), Ryan Ferguson (Chris Hall 60),
Mitchell Speechley-Price (Matt Head 63), Leighton Speechley-Price, Shivan
Rousabaiani (Husam Aurow 66).
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