BASHLEY 1 WANTAGE TOWN 6 (Saturday 11th October 2014)
By Graham Speechley-Price | Sunday 12th September 2014
What a tough end to a tough week at Bashley FC today was. Andy Darnton stepping
away from the club on Thursday was the beginning. Andy was extremely frustrated at
our inability to keep Matt Oldring and this was understandable as he had put some
strong performances in for us. He also felt, and to some degree I agree, that without
financial support it will be a tough season.
Just as the team was becoming competitive (beating Taunton and narrowly losing to
Stratford top and second) we then lost two successive matches in which we not only
lost Matt but had to make other changes. After Andy’s bombshell the situation was
added to by Jamie Thoroughgood also stepping away. Jamie has some personal
issues but also mentioned his frustration at the clubs situation. This obviously meant
Nuno was unable to play for us as he travelled from Camberley with Jamie.
Friday morning after training Thursday Jemal Rose informed me of sore a hamstring
which meant we went into the Wantage game without a recognised centre half.
Dammy Bada our left back was also unavailable. Ryan Brading, Husam Aurow and
Ashley Booker were also unavailable. We then lost Leighton in the warm up to a back
injury (trapped nerve).
Despite all this for the opening twenty minutes we arguably played our best football
this season until Brad Morris suffered a cut head while we were one nil up. Brad
bravely went back on and we conceded five goals in twenty five minutes. Just after half
time Brad had to come off complaining he was dizzy and in honesty I felt we controlled
the second half but the damage was done.
We had two midfielders and a forward playing in defence which didn’t help but this
also affected other areas of the pitch. All in all what could go wrong did go wrong and
the search for replacements yet again is under way.
On a positive note Martin has moved up from the reserves and will be helping with the
first team and I’m hoping to have a replacement for the reserves shortly. Sometimes
you have to take a step backwoods before you can move forward and hopefully this is
Another thank you must go to the incredible support we are having at Bashley as our
average gate is actually up on last year even though we are a division down and I can
only assure them we will continue to give our best during these tough times.