BASHLEY 0 STATFORD TOWN 1 (Saturday 27th September)
By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Sunday 28th September 2014
'WHAT IS PAST IS PROLOGUE'
Bashley fresh from their victory over second place Taunton, were far from
overawed by the presence of league leaders Stratford and deserved a share of
the points from a game that failed to live up to the expectations of both teams.
The Town (an uninspiring nickname for the Bard’s birthplace) had the better of
the first half and scored after 18 minutes when a cross from Tyrone Fagan was
easily side-footed into goal by a surprised Simoen Tulloch to a background of
disapproval from the Bash defence claiming handball.
Bashley, who started with new boy Clive Makoni up front and with full back
Dammy Bada making his first league appearance, found it hard to get going and
although having their fair share of play, rarely troubled Andy Kemp in the Town
goal; whilst at the other end, despite the goal, Bash keeper Callum Maher was
similarly under employed.
Makoni working in tandem with Nuno Pereira buzzed in the anticipation of
passes that failed to materialise and were left to forage in midfield. What few
chances there were emanated from long shots: the best of which was a Bouwe
Bosma drive that was easily saved. An uninspiring half with Stratford in the
driving seat but by never enough to dominate a hard tackling Bash defence.
The second half brought about a subtle change with Bashley believing they could
win and Stratford that they could lose. Bashley were now the more dominant
side and started to move the ball around with confidence whilst the Town relied
more on breakaways.
Bash attacked from the start with Makoni always dangerous and a series of
forays culminated in shots from Bosma, Leighton Speechley-Price and Makoni
failing to find the target. Bada was now claiming the left flank as his own and,
without reneging on his defensive duties, added another dimension to the
Midway through the half Bashley upped the energy levels by bringing on all three
subs but despite this input of zeal still failed to trouble Kemp in the Stratford
goal. The game was very even with The Town always dangerous but the Bash
defence has more backbone these days and stayed firm and, like his
counterpart, Maher kept his gloves relatively clean.
The defining moments came in the last five minutes when the unfortunate
Pereria, who had given his all, headed over the bar from close range with the
goal at his mercy and moments later failed to convert an excellent cross from
Ryan Brading from close range.
For lowly Bash to hold the runaway leaders to a single goal win was an
encouraging result but this was not the opinion of captain Jamie Thoroughgood
who, in the parlance of the occasion, said that the lads were ‘gutted’ not to have
taken at least a point from the game.
‘Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing’.
Maher, Morse, Bada, Oldring, Thoroughgood, Hall (Morris), Speechley-Price L,
Bosma, Makoni (Kinley), Speechley-Price M (Brading), Pereira.
(with apologises to William Shakespeare)