By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Wednesday 3rd December 2014


The early afternoon travel start took its toll and left Bash Manager, Dominic
Cunliffe with a major headache for his first game in charge as he was left with no
recognised strikers and without the dependable Callum Maher between the

Despite this handicap Bashley started the game with confidence with Brad
Morris nestling behind a twin strike force of Connor Cullingford and Bouwe
Bosma. Joe Petty moved into midfield alongside Chris Hall and Ashley Booker in
front of a much changed back four of Dan Maher and Lee O’Connell with new boy
Josh Adams and Lewis Aimson the central pairing. Second team keeper James
Lambourne completed the eleven.

Bashley enjoyed a good opening spell with a Morris effort scaling the bar and an
O’Connell long shot going wide, however, it was Evesham that opened the
scoring in the 19th minute when Nick Stanley met a corner with a close range
twist and shot.

Bashley continued to press but were undone by a through ball that let in Stanley
for his second (26) followed by a fine individual goal by Adam Mann (28).
Although under the cosh Bash continue to pass and hold their shape and were
unlucky not to score when Cullingford was given off-side.

Despite the score line Bashley started the second half with energy and
determination and it was a mite unfortunate that it was The Robins that scored
next when a mishit cross by Mann ended up in the corner of the net.
Bashley respond immediately and a sharp free kick from Bosma was smartly
saved by the keeper. Bash then introduced fresh legs with Mitchell Speechley-
Price, Ronan Moore and Matt Head all entering the fray within five minutes.

A defence splitting ball from Booker and some Cullingford and Speechley-Price
interplay resulted in the final ball being smothered by Kevin Sawyer in the
Evesham goal. Bash continued to press and were the better side in the last
twenty minutes but, as is often the case, the forward push resulted in a
breakaway when Robin’s sub Lance Smith was free to run through the middle
and score Evesham’s fifth and final goal.

Bash to their credit continued to fight to the end and were by no way disgraced.
New manger Dominic Cunliffe was heartened by this performance and his
coaching influence, even at this early stage, was already apparent. This might
just be the turning point in Bashley FC’s fortunes.

Lambourne, Maher D, O'Connell (S-Price M 62'), Booker, Adams (Moore 67'), Aimson,
Petty, Hall, Bosma (Head 67'), Morris, Cullingford.

Unused sub(s):

Attendance: 136
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