BASHLEY 1 MERTHYR TOWN 4
By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Sunday 17th August 2014
If this had been a fight it wouldn’t have passed the weigh-in. Merthyr fielded a team
consisting of six players with Football League experience plus star forward Kayne
McLaggon who was on Southampton’s books; whilst, for the majority of the Bashley
squad, this was their first home game at this level. Despite the difference in class this
was a well fought game with Bashley never conceding ground despite being
outplayed in most departments.
After a late start courtesy of the August traffic, both teams took a while to settle and it
needed a fine headed goal by Kayne McLaggon (11mins) to drive the Martyrs into top
gear. A series of attacking moves instigated by speedy flankers Kerry Morgan and Ian
Traylor then put the Bash defence, already deprived of the experienced Jamie
Thoroughgood through injury, under continuous pressure and brought out the best of
Callum Maher in the Bashley goal. This gold and black wall of defiance was breached
in the 22nd minute when the unfortunate Matt Oldring attempting to clear sliced the
ball into his own net. Bash were finding it hard to penetrate much beyond midfield
apart from a goal-bound Leighton Speechley-Price free kick that was cleared from
under the bar by keeper Tom Bradley. Not so for Merthyr as in the 32nd minute a crisp
cross was headed in by the unmarked Ian Traylor. The half ended with a couple of
Bashley attacks that petered out and a brace of flying saves by Maher at the other end.
The second half was more open with Bashley at last gaining some rhythm but this
couldn’t compete with the fluid one touch football of the Merthyr attack; so it was no
surprise when Ian Traylor netted his second and Merthyr’s fourth by side-footing the
ball in from close range (54 mins). In the space of eighteen minutes both sides used
all three substitutes; Bash seemed to benefit most from these changes and at times
looked the equal of their illustrious opponents, none more so than when a fierce shot
from outside of the box by substitute Ryan Brading took a slight deflection giving
Bradley in the Merthyr goal little chance (79 mins). This was Bash’s best period and
they finished the game on the ascendancy which climaxed when a header from
Brading in the last minute just passed the post.
Not a disaster for Bashley; some fine defensive work kept the score down and after
the game the team received praise from both the Merthyr directors and the match
officials for their demeanour and unstinting effort against the promotion favourites.
Maher, Morris, Hall, Oldring, King, Bosma (Booker 72), Speechley-Price L, Farren
(Ferguson 57), Morse (Brading 79), Roushbaiani, Aurow.
Unused subs: Cullingford.