By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Monday 17th November 2014


After a promising start a much changed Bashley were undone by a brace of
harsh decisions that resulted in new boy, Damien Gorman, taking the lonely,
long walk to the dressing room in the 30th minute. The sense of injustice was
then heightened when from the resulting free kick the ball was headed home by
Yate Town’s number nine Jordan Rogers.

Bashley, who up to then had looked solid at the back with first team new comers
Lewis Aimson and Gorman adding height and strength to a Bash defence ably
marshalled by Joe Petty and Tom Hammond, never fully recovered from being a
man down and in the end that misfortune, plus the heavy pitch, took its toll.

Bash, now mostly on the back foot, played out the first half without changing
their shape and were relieved to get to half-time without conceding another goal.

After the interval the returning Connor Cullingford took over from Andrew Powell
and the home team adopted a more aggressive formation in search of an
equaliser. Unfortunately, this also left gaps at the back which were ruefully
exploited within minutes by the Bluebell’s James Harmer who was left free to
score. Bash continued to press with defender Ronan Moore making way for
Bouwe Bosma who joined Chris Hall in driving forward from midfield but the killer
pass to the effervescent Clive Makoni never materialised.

Instead, despite the valiant efforts of Callum Maher in the Bashley goal, Yate
added a third (60 mins) when Josh Ford back headed home from a free kick. The
Bashley attack was further weakened when Ricky Dugdale twisted his knee and
was replaced by Matt Head. Bash continued manfully to press but the game was
dead and buried when after another great save from the in-form Maher the ball
landed at the feet of Jake Jackson (75) who applied the coup de grace.

There was much to admire in the way Bashley continue to play positive football
despite the conditions and the strength of the opposition and afterwards there
was collective agreement that the result would have been much closer had the
team remained intact.

Bashley Reserves:
Maher, Hammond, Moore (Bosma), Gorman, Petty, Aimson, Dugdale (Head), Morris,
Makoni, Hall(c), Powell (Cullingford).

Unused sub(s): Lambourne, Dunne

Attendance: 140
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