By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Saturday 10th August 2014


This season’s opener turned into a baptism of fire for the inexperienced Bashley
team when faced with a self-assured, well balanced Bridgwater side on the long,
lush green grass of Fairfax Park. The young Bash team, including many players
making their Southern League debuts, were never outplayed but lacked the nuance
and fire power of the well-drilled Robins.

Bridgewater kicked off and attacked from the whistle forcing three corners in the first
four minutes. The breakthrough, therefore, came as no surprise when flying flanker
Karim Rendall swept passed the Bash defence in the 6th minute to score from a
sharp angle. This onslaught continued apace; then, after a quarter of an hour, Bash
found their feet when an intelligent cross to the box from Bouwe Bosma fell just short
of the on-rushing Ryan Brading.

Leighton Speechley-Price then forced a smart save from Ben John with a speculative
long-range shot. He was then part of a defence-opening move with Brading and
Ashley Booker that let in Chris Hall who celebration was thwarted when the out-
rushing John snaffled the ball from his raised foot. Bridgwater still had the majority of
the play and planted their flag in Bash half until a through ball from Brad Morris led to
a corner. This was not cleared and unfortunately the goalmouth scramble that
followed didn’t go Bashley’s way.

Bash were now playing with more gusto leading to Brading ‘over-gusting’ in a tackle
and earning Bash’s first yellow card of the season. This period of relative equality
was seriously dented in the 33rd minute when the Robin’s number 4, Scott Thomas,
met an innocuous free kick on the volley to rocket an unstoppable shot past a
bemused Callum Maher. Bash continued to battle throughout the half but lacked

In the second half Bash had the advantage of a musical accompaniment from a pop
festival situated behind the Bridgwater goal which encouraged a couple of early
attacks including a Leighton S-P free kick: the result of a shirt-pull that saw
Bridgwater’s number 5, Nathan Rudge, taking second place in the yellow card
stakes. A good build up of play resulted in a fierce shot by Brading being saved by the
surprised keeper.

Bash made the first change soon after when Brading was replaced by Shivan
Roushbaiani. At this stage the game was more open with Bash seeing their fair
share of the ball but most of the exchanges were confined to midfield. Booker then
made way for flaxen-haired Mitchell Speechley-Price.

The music turned sour in the 67th minute as a mix-up in the Bash defence led to
Robin defender, Jack Allward, running onto a loose ball and crashing it into the net
and then reached a crescendo when on 71 minutes Rendell claimed his second and
Bridgwater’s fourth goal. To be fair to Bashley, heads didn’t drop and they continued
to attack until the conductor laid down his baton.

Maher, Morris, Ferguson, Thoroughgood (C), King, Hall, Oldring, Booker Speechley-
Price M (63), Speechley-Price L, Brading (Roushbaiani 56) Bosma.
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