By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Sunday 7th September 2014


Bashley, after losing competitive full back Brad Morris to a red card early in the
second half, failed to protect their hard fought one-goal advantage and had to
endure a 85th minute equaliser much to the relief of fellow strugglers Bishops

Bashley, who welcomed back influential captain, Jamie Thoroughgood, and with
Portuguese new boy Nuno Pereira leading the attack, opened strongly against a
hesitant Bishops Cleeve by adopting an attacking game plan from the start. Play
was end to end and both sides had chances early on with a Ryan Brading low
drive saved by Mitre’s keeper Stephen Benbow and a Joe Tustain header for
Bishops Cleeve ending up just past the post.
As Bash continued to press forward it was Brading again who threatened with a
screamer of shot from outside the box that was gratefully held by a startled
Benbow. The game was now well and truly alive with chances at both ends with
Nicky Dugdale prominent for Bashley: first with a header from a Blayne Kinley
cross that flew over the bar and then when hitting the woodwork after fine
approach work from Morris and Pereira. Whilst at the other end, Bash stopper,
Callum Maher, was kept on his toes by a number of dangerous Mitre crosses.

It was Bashley, however, who came nearest to scoring when a Pereira shot
came back off the underside of the bar and in the resulting mêlée Dugdale’s
stabbed effort was scrambled clear. It was now all Bash and they were awarded
a penalty in 43rd minute when Pereira, after latching onto a fine Dugdale cross,
was brought down by Harlie Price in the area. Matt Oldring drew the short straw
and, after an agonising wait whilst the decision was disputed, calmly drove the
ball under the diving body of Benbow. The half ended with another Dugdale
header that cleared the bar.
The second half opened with Bash missing an opportunity to increase their lead
when Pereira, the recipient of a delightful fick-on by Thoroughgood, ballooned his
shot with only the goalkeeper to beat. The West Countrymen then made a crucial
substitution with spritely John Dodd replacing Ben Robinson. Dugdale earned a free
kick along with a yellow card, the result of a post foul disagreement with the
perpetrator, Nick Rhodes, which brought out the handbags.

This raised the temperature and with Bash trusting forward, Dodd heralded his
presence on the field by breaking away only to be brought down in sight of goal by the
chasing Brad Morris. After some confusion caused by the raised flag of the assistant
referee, a penalty was awarded along with a red card for Morris. To the relief of the
Bash fans and the retreating Morris, Price’s spot kick was brilliantly saved by Maher.
The effect, however, was still to be felt as the dangerous Dugdale was sacrificed and
replaced by Connor Cullingford in an attempt to shore up the weakened defence.

Bishops Cleeve were now in the ascendency with Bash falling back to protect their
narrow lead and apart from a breakaway by Brading that was foiled by the outrushing
Benbow traffic was all one way with young Dodd having a field day. After a fine double
save courtesy of a Maher dive and a Kinlay goal line clearance there was hope that
Bashley might weather the storm, but a high forward pass mesmerised a static Bash
defence and the quick thinking Price made amends for his penalty miss by running
clear then giving Maher little chance.
There was almost a happy ending when in time added-on a rocket shot by Ronan
Moore found and bent double a surprised Benbow but instead the game ended on a
low note when debutant Nuno Pereira was helped from the pitch with a leg injury. An
entertaining game between two well matched sides with I suspect neither team
totally happy with the result.

Maher, Morris, Moore, Rose, Thoroughgood, Hall, Oldring, Kinley, Dugdale
(Cullingford), Pereira (Speechley-Price L), Brading.

Unused sub(s): Dunne, Bosma

Attendance: 125
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