LARKHALL ATHLETIC 3 BASHLEY 0
By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Sunday 7th December 2014
BASHLEY DOWN WITH THE LARKS
Bashley Manger Dominic Cunliffe’s second game in charge ended in a 3-0 defeat
at the hands of Larkhill Athletic. Although not entirely unexpected, the Bash
performance represented a considerable improvement on recent form.
With the sun on their backs Bash kicked off and were quickly into gear with new
signings James Keith and Will Weston immediately prominent. Left winger
Weston had a chance in the first minute after breaking free and another in the
10th minute when heading over from a few yards after good approach play
involving Keith and Bouwe Bosma.
Larkhall played their part in what was becoming a fast and open game and had
an early goal ruled out for offside. This indeed was a feature of the first half as
the Bash back four, ably marshalled by Chris Hall returned to a central defensive
position by manager Cunliffe, adopted a higher line and played the offside trap to
Play was end to end and although the dependable Callum Maher was the more
active of the goal keepers, Bash fought for ever ball and continued to threaten.
Weston had a long shot well held by Alex Shaftoe and Ashley Booker saw his
effort sail over the bar whilst Callum Maher’s legs and an eye-popping block on
the line by Captain Hall keep the Bashley sheet clean. A good penetrating move
by Joe Petty and Bosma appeared to bring the half to an end only for an injury-
time header by Luke Bryan at the far post to find the net and give the Larks the
lead and Bash the blues.
Wilson started the second half as the first and should have brought Bash level
but his shot went straight to the keeper. To rub salt into the wound, Larkhill then
increased their lead with an acute angled shot from the impressive Bryan (50).
Ten minutes later the game was virtually over when a goal saving tackle by
Petty was adjudged foul and Tyler Sibbick converted the subsequent penalty
(60). The Bash bench wisely removed Petty from the fray to be replaced by
Leighton Speechley-Price and few minutes later Weston was taken off to be
swopped for another winger debutant, Adam Langley. A final change came when
Josh Adams took over from Bosma.
Bash continued to compete for every ball and look for openings. A new and
welcome addition to their armoury was the log-ball throwing of fullback Keith
which was a wonder to behold whilst the diminutive Langley showed speed and
promise. A final long-shot from Booker brought the curtain down on a game that
gave both manager Cunliffe and the travelling supporters some hope for the
Maher C, Keith, Maher D, Booker, Hall (C), Aimson, Petty (Speechley-Price L (60),
Coombes, Bosma (Adams (79), Morris, Weston, (Langley(69).
Unused sub(s): O’Connell, Moore.