BASHLEY 3 HEADLEY UNITED 1 (Tuesday 21st October 2014) RCC
By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Wednesday 22nd October 2014
A WIN IS A WIN IS A WIN
Bashley head for the second round of the Russell Cotes Cup after recording their
first win of the season against Hants Premier League opponents Headley United;
on paper an expected result but in the circumstances a welcomed turning point.
The start, on a blustery night had a familiar ring when an own goal by Bash
centre back Jemal Rose (12 mins) gave Headley an early lead. The conditions
didn’t bode well for attractive football and the play at this stage was scrappy with
both teams finding touch-play difficult.
Bashley pressed for an equaliser with Lewis Crook unlucky with a swerving drive
scraping the post and the ever eager Clive Makoni always dangerous. A clash
between Makoni and George White just outside the box earned the later a yellow
card. Moments later Headley were unlucky not to increase their lead when a
sharp header from an unmarked Rich McCann hit the post. This stung Bashley
into action and the equaliser came in the 39th minute when after a period of
goalmouth pressure Makoni chipped the keeper. The half finished with Bash well
on top but unable to add to their tally.
Headley made two changes and Arran Dunne came on for Bashley. The better
football was now coming from the home team and they took the lead on 56
minutes: a surge down the flank and fine cross by Crook was only half cleared to
be met by the charging Brad Morris whose fierce drive from twenty yards almost
broke the net and Headley hearts.
To their credit the north-east Hampshire-men never gave up and it took a
professional foul by Gary Rogers (who was replaced by Matt Head soon after)
and a fine save from reserve goalkeeper Liam Hopkins to preserve Bashley’s
The game was sewn up with ten minutes to spare when after another run into
the box, Makoni was adjudged to have been tripped and a cool Leighton
Speechley-Price slotted the penalty home. Mitchell Coombes came on for
Crook and saw out the final minutes with Bashley well on top.
Hopkins, Moore, Rogers (Head), Petty, Rose, Bosma, Morris (c), Speechley-Price L,
Makoni, Crook (Coombes), Booker (Dunne)