By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Monday 1st December 2014


A much-changed Bashley still recovering from Saturday’s dispiriting defeat at the
hands of North Leigh left their travails behind and for the first 44 minutes of this
Southern League fixture more than matched a Swindon side chasing their sixth
away win of the season.

Bash, with the returning Connor Cullingford very prominent in a free-running wide
midfield position and with the energetic Clive Makoni hunting down any forward
ball, started at a gallop and for the first 10 minutes looked in charge of the game.

Confidence grew and once Swindon switched from amber to green the game
became end to end with both teams favouring the through ball in the heavy
conditions. As the half progressed, Swindon upped their tempo especially their
rangy number nine Corey King who was proving a handful for the Bash defence.

Just has a scoreless first half beckoned, a run and sharp cross from Marine’s
Bradley Gray was slotted home by Josh Morse to deprive Bashley of the
forgotten luxury of a halftime clean sheet.           

A determined Bashley opened the second half in some style with Makoni being
deprived of an equalizer by the alert Sam Warrell in the Swindon goal but a
yellow card for Brad Morris a few minutes later curbed his and the team’s
Chris Taylor scored Swindon’s second with a long shot diverted past Callum
Maher and when this was followed by a well worked goal, neatly finished by
Marine sub Luke Hopper on 62 minutes, Bashley’s chances of saving the game
were slim. To their credit, Bash didn’t see it that way and stand-in Manager
Andy Howard refreshed tired legs by bringing on Bouwe Bosma and Matt Head
in forward supporting roles.

The final nail, however, was driven home by another Swindon sub Aaron Ferries
whose fine shot on 82 minutes gave the industrious Maher no chance. Mitch
Coombes replaced the indefatigable Morris but by now the fat lady was already

New Bashley Manger Dominic Cunliffe who takes up the reins on Tuesday
Evening when Bashley visit Evesham can take some heart from this
performance but he will be left in no doubt that there is still much to do if the
winning ways are to return.

Maher C, Maher D, O’Connell, Morris (Coombes), Petty, Aimson, Hall, Booker,
Speechley-Price L (Bosma), Makoni, Cullingford (Head)

Unused sub(s): Lambourne (GK), Moore

Attendance: 118
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