TAUNTON TOWN 0 BASHLEY 2 (Saturday 20th September)

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

BASH COME GOOD AS PEACOCKS FAIL TO DISPLAY

Bashley delighted both themselves and their travelling supporters by notching up
their first win of the 2014/15 Southern League campaign against previously
unbeaten Taunton Town. The game marked the debut of Zimbarbian born striker
Clive Makoni who played up front alongside Portuguese born Nuno Pereira in a
multi-national paring offering both speed and guile.

The game opened with Bash on the back foot and rarely out of their own half.
The Peacocks attacked at will but found the reliable Callum Maher on top form
and didn’t look like scoring until awarded a penalty in the 15th minute when
Richard Morse brought down Taunton’s Steve Murray. Murray himself took the
kick and perhaps mindful of Maher’s reputation drove the ball well wide.

Taunton continued to press forward but never fully settled to the task as Makoni
and Pereira made life difficult at build up stage by chasing back and harrying any
Taunton player on the ball. At this stage the Peacock’s keeper, Joe Perry, was a
mere spectator and the game was deep into the first half before he got his gloves
dirty.

This all ended in the 38th minute when following a rare Bashley corner Pereira,
who was still smarting, having been given a yellow card a few minutes earlier for
alleged simulation when brought down in the box, cut a sharp pass across the
goalmouth that was slotted home by a delighted Mitchell Speechley-Price.

Unsurprisingly, Taunton went straight back on attack but could not sustain the
pressure as the game was now more open and in the 44th minute Bash
extended their lead when the speedy Makoni nipped onto a short back pass to
claim the ball in front of a startled Perry, round him for dead and slot home into
the unguarded net. In the final minute of the half, Chris Hall was booked for a foul
tackle.

The second half opened with Taunton once again pushing forward but this time
things were different; Bashley had new found self belief and although still forced
back Bashley were now playing themselves out of defence and looking for
attacking options. The game was also more physical with the magic sponge
much in use; Makoni demonstrated his long throw skill and Bash had a penalty
claim turned down.

One crunching tackle too many saw young Mitchell S-P limping off to be
replaced by Ryan Brading and Maher made another fine save. The game was
now fingernail-biting-exciting and a two goal lead vulnerable; Taunton did get the
ball into the net on the 63 minute only to be ruled offside and it was felt if they
did score, a second would follow soon after.

Makoni was booked, Blayne Kinley replaced Bouwe Bosma, the tiring Makoni
came off to general applause to be replaced by Aaron Dunne, Kinley was
booked and Pereira injured. All through this battling Bash, ably marshalled by
Captain Jamie Thoroughgood and the battle hardened Matt Oldring, stood firm.
Eight minutes of injury time added to the stress levels but Bash were resolute to
the end: all 14 players used having given their all for the club and their Manager.

Bashley:
Maher, Morse, Moore, Oldring, Thoroughgood (c), Hall, Speechley-Price L, Bosma
(Kinley), Makoni (Dunne), Pereira, Speechley-Price M (Brading).

Unused sub(s):

Attendance: 307
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