BASHLEY 0 WINCHESTER CITY 2 (FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND)
By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Sunday 31st August 2014
BASHLEY FALL AT FIRST HURDLE
Bashley’s hope for FA Cup glory failed at the first hurdle with a disappointing display
against strong Wessex League side Winchester City. A task not helped by an
indifferent start when after just seven minutes, Winchester’s Warren Bentley was
given the freedom of Bashley Road and allowed to waltz through the Bash defence as
if auditioning for ‘Strictly’ to score at ease. The one-way traffic continued with a couple
of good saves from Callum Maher and a booking for Greg King for a late challenge
As the half progressed, Bashley came more into the game but were never threatening
whilst City were confident on the ball but lacked finish. As the half wore on, so Bash
improved, with Ryan Brading forcing a couple of saves from the previously
unemployed Jason Collins in the Winchester goal. City came closest to scoring in the
dying minutes of the half thwarted only by the fine catching of Maher and a dramatic
goal-line clearance from King.
Bashley made positional and player changes at half time that had an immediate
impact with debutant Ricky Dugdale replacing an out of sorts Shivan Roushbaiani
and Chris Hall coming on for Ryan Brading. Free-running Dugdale brought pace and
urgency to the attack and suddenly it was Bashley that had the upper hand.
It was now a cup-tie with City losing their earlier composure with bookings for Chris
Mason, Leigh Mills and Stuart Green as Bashley continued to press. Winchester,
however, were always dangerous and despite Bash’s revival they came closest to
scoring when a goal-bound drive from the ever dangerous Bentley was athletically
tipped over by Maher. Ashley Booker came on for the tireless Richard Morse.
Winchester made a couple of substitutions and the game continued to flow with
chances at both ends. On the 83rd minute the game was virtually over when Bentley
completed his pair when latching onto a defence splitting pass by sub Sam Wilson to
slot home. In what could have heralded a grandstand finish, a rocket shot from
Booker was superbly saved by Collins and with it any Bash hopes disappeared.
Bashley now need to place this result in the history bucket and concentrate on next
Saturday’s home league game against fellow strugglers Bishops Cleeve.
Maher, Morris, Moore, King, Rose, Oldring, Kinley, Speechley-Price L, Morse
(Booker), Roushbaiani (Dugdale), Brading (Hall).
Unused sub(s): Aurow