By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Tuesday 19th August 2014


Battling Bash opened their Southern League Division1 account with a well earned
point against a fluid Cinderford Town in a fast and entertaining game at the Rec. The
game started with a moment of reflection as the assembly celebrated the life of
Bashley stalwart, Ray Butcher, with a minutes applause.

Both teams were quickly into their stride with Bashley coming close in the fifth minute
when a free kick from Leighton Speechley-Price went agonisingly close. The
Foresters then went even closer when in the 10th minute a header from Dylan
Bonella was smartly saved by Callum Maher. From the resultant corner the ball
ended in the net with the goal being disallowed for a push on the keeper.

Play was now end to end with good approach play from Cinderford forcing a string of
corners ably nullified by a header-strong Bash defence and the catching ability of
Maher; whilst a steady supply of through balls stemming from the Bash midfield,
mostly to the charging Ryan Brading, caused problems for the Foresters.

The half concluded at a fast pace with Cinderford increasing their corner count to ten
with Bash continuing to defend well whilst looking for the counter punch. An
overzealous tackle by Leighton S-P led to a yellow card although a push that sent
Brading into the hoarding went unpunished. A fine header from Greg King that
brought out the best of Alex Harris in the Cinderford goal brought the half to an end.

Bash changed into their passing boots for the second half and in consequence
became the more dominant team. Progress was temporally halted when influential
midfielder Connor Cullingford went off injured to be replaced, like for like, by Ashley
Booker. Brading missed a golden chance when his lob just failed to beat the
stranded keeper and was unlucky when a fierce tackle by Ryan Paddock save what
looked a certain goal.
After a period of Cinderford pressure, Bash brought on Husam Aurow for the limping
Mitchell S-P and his first touch was to cross a perfect ball to Brading whose headed
pass found the on-rushing Shivan Roushbaiani in a position to drive the ball into the
net from the edge of the box (70 mins). Then, in the time it took to announce the
Bashley goal scorer, Cinderford had replied when a speculative long shot from their
substitute George Lloyd hit the back of the Bashley net (71 mins). The game ended
with chances at both ends and a very nervous, nail-biting four extra time minutes as
Bash fell back on defence.

Maher, Morris, Hall, Oldring(c), King, Bosma, Speechley-Price L, Cullingford (Booker
50), Brading, Speechley-Price M (Aurow 69), Roushbaiani (Morse 84).

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