SHORTWOOD UNITED 3 BASHLEY 0 (Saturday 4th October)
By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Monday 6th October 2014
BASHLEY UP SHORT AND LOST IN THE WOODS
Bashley’s greatest achievement was finding their way to the hamlet of
Shortwood, perched high in the Cotswold Hills and accessible only by narrow
lanes. The omens weren’t good at the kick-off as a physical comparison between
the teams signified a no contest and that is how it turned out. The opening move
saw Shortwood’s 6’5” strong man Lewis Sommers mixing it with diminutive 5’4”
Dammy Bada and from that moment Bash never found the right strategy to deal
with this height and weight imbalance.
Bash had a their fair share of play but declared The Wood’s goalmouth out of
bounds until the 28th minute when Bada topped off a mazy run with a telling
cross that was only half headed by Nuno Pereira. Shortwood were always
dangerous and the usually sound Maher in the Bash goal was finding the damp
lush Meadowbank grass, a low sun and a stiff wind an unlikeable trio and in the
30th minute dropped a cross at the feet of Lewis Sommers who gratefully netted.
A dramatic double clearance off the line by Maher and Bada brought little joy as
moments later following a Wood’s corner, Ashley Thomas scored from close
range from what appeared to be a blatantly off-side position (34 mins)but
apparently the ball had brushed a Bash player putting doubting Thomas onside.
Ross Langworthy had the ball in the net in the 40th minute but this was
disallowed for offside whilst Bashley’s lack of penetration was summed up by
front-man Clive Makoni running back almost to his own goal-line in an attempt to
get on the ball!
A more-purposeful Bashley came out for the second half Wood’s Nick Hancock
earned himself a caution when he toppled the effervescent Mitch Speechley-
Price. As often happens just as Bash were starting to make a game of it a
speculative 30-yd lopping shot by Adam Price ended up in the far corner of the
Bash net (54 mins). Bash continued to attack with Bada putting Makoni in with
a chance and Leighton S-P slicing heavily when in sight of goal. Ricky Dugdale
replaced Bouwe Bosma. A Nuno Pereira shot flew well wide.
Mitchell S-P never stopped running and when trying to get first to a loose ball
went in over the top to end Shortwood sub Phil Veal’s contribution and earning
himself a red card (69 mins). As The Woods had used all their subs the game
was now 10 aside and at last Bash found their rhythm, new signing Mitchell
Coombes came on for the tiring Makoni and made an immediate impression left
Bash were now regular visitors to The Wood’s penalty area but lacked an end
finish. Bash’s best move of the match came on the 89th minute when after good
approach work by Coombes and the irrepressible Bada, a goal-bound shot by
Pereira was rewarded by a smart reaction save from the previously dormant Tom
King in the Shortwood goal. It was not Bashley’s day.
One small consolation was that the referee went out of his way to congratulate
Jamie Thoroughgood on his captaincy, whilst the benefit of a small crowd was
that there was nobody to sing ‘You got beat by a hamlet!”
Maher, Moorse, Bada, Kinley, Thoroughgood, Hall, Speechley-Price L, Bosma
(Dugdale), Makoni (Coombes), Speechley-Price M, Pereira