BASHLEY 0 MANGOTSFIELD UNITED 1
By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Sunday 7th December 2014
SO CLOSE FOR AN IMPROVED BASH
One down after an even first half a fired-up Bashley who took charge in the
second half and only fierce defending by Mangotsfield (who amassed 5 yellow
and 2 red cards), allowed 'The Field' to hang on and deny Bash at least the point
their performance deserved. The game however will be remembered for the
quickest red card in living memory when Mangotsfield sub Zac Evans first and
only action after a 16 second ‘cameo’ appearance was a two-footed flying tackle!
The game was played in appalling conditions and open from the start with both
sides failing to capitalise on a string of corners. Bash failed to cut out a cross
from the right leaving The Field’s number 10 Lewis Powell to score from close
At this stage no team dominated with the runs of Mangotsfield’s Steve Davies a
constant menace whilst the long throws of James Keith and the probing passes
of Ashley Booker help set up chances for the Bash. Despite the pressure neither
side could find the finishing touch with Bash in particular being goal shy whilst
The Field had the ever consistent Callum Maher in the Bash goal to deal with.
The second half saw Bash at their best as they battled the conditions and the
flying tackles of a stretched Mangotsfield defence. New boy Louis Lemesurier
was unlucky to be given offside when put through by Mitchell Coombes whilst
Booker had a goal bound attempt well saved.
Mitchell Speechley-Price replaced the tiring Lemensurier and Will Weston came
on for Coombes.
As the onslaught continued, confetti of cards was raining down on the The Fields
with Evans record breaking appearance on 76 minutes being followed by Davies
picking up a second yellow with just over 10 minutes to go.
Despite the numerical advantage a leg-weary Bash could not breakdown the
resolute Mangotsfield defence which formed an iron curtain in front of keeper Joe
A better performance by Bashley who didn’t deserve to lose which must have
pleased new boss Dominic Cunliffe, however shooting boots will have to be
found if this improvement is to bring results.
Maher C, Keith, Maher D, Booker, Hall (c), Aimson, Petty, Coombes (Weston),
Lemesurier (Speechley-Price M), Morris, Bosma.
Unused sub(s): Lambourne, Adams, Langley