BASHLEY 1 WANTAGE TOWN 6 (Saturday 11th October 2014)

By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Sunday 12th October 2014


Free entry to the ground, a magnanimous gesture to Bashley supporters, was
unwittingly extended to fellow strugglers Wantage Town who were awarded the
freedom of the pitch. To be fair to Bashley, the club was still reeling from an
unsettling week which had seen the departure of joint manager Andy Darnton
and two central defenders; then on the day, Leighton Speechley-Price destined
to play up-front alongside Clive Makoni, was injured in the warm-up and sweeper
Brad Morris received a nasty head wound that ended his contribution in the first

Despite this Bashley started well and delighted the above average crowd when
after 10 minutes the lively Makoni raced through to chip the advancing Gareth
Tucker giving Bash a deserved lead. This proved a false dawn as from that
moment Tucker spent most of the game topping up his tan in the afternoon

That same sunshine brought little joy to Bash keeper Callum Maher who
appeared troubled by the setting rays as The Alfredians bounced back with two
goals in a minute; a lob from Danny Lachacz (26 mins) quickly followed by a
stab from short range by Amadeu Arnam (27 mins) gave Wantage the lead and
changed the course of the game.

Whilst another quick salvo of goals from Lachacz (36 mins) and Tom Melldew
(37 Mins) cemented Wantage’s superiority which was underlined when, on the
stroke of halftime, Jimmy Deabill sailed through a static Bash defence to put the
result beyond doubt.

The misery continued into the second half with Arnam increasing his tally to two
with a solo goal in the 49th minute. Then, somewhat encouragingly, Bashley got
their game together and for the remaining 41 minutes the match was competitive
and open.

Matthew Head had already replaced the injured Morris in defence and in the
59th minute wing-back Ronan Moore came on for the exhausted Makoni
allowing Richard Morse to move up front. These changes appeared to ignite the
midfield with Bouwe Bosma, Kinley Blayne and Mitchell Coombes finding their
passing boots and carving out chances.

The inactive Tucker was at last called into service and although not seriously
tested at least Bashley were working the box and making chances. In a day of
generosity, Liam Hopkins, Bashley’s young bench-sitting goalkeeper came on
as an out-player in the final sixty seconds for his Southern League debut.

There are lessons to be learnt and luck to be mined before Bashley’s home Red
Insure Cup-tie against Sholing on Tuesday evening.

Maher, Morse, Petty, Hall (c), Dunne, Coombes (Hopkins), Morris (Head), Bosma,
Kinley, Makoni (Moore), Speechley-Price M.

Unused sub(s): Kinley, Booker

Attendance: 191
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