By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Sunday 14th December 2014


Despite the fine clear day the storm clouds engulfed Bashley from the Start. The
sudden resignation of Manager Dominic Cunliffe resulted in the temporary
appointment of Tom Prodomo who made the most of the long coach ride to get
to know his new charges. Awaiting Bash was one of the strongest teams in the
league and an unfamiliar 3G pitch.

From the start it was apparent that the pitch would play a vital part in the result;
table-topping Merthyr suited, booted and experienced on an artificial pitch sped
across the surface like experienced skaters whilst the Bashley boys found
manoeuvring tricky especially as the surface was slippery from the morning frost.
Merthyr however are a very strong side with many players with Football League
experience and their superiority would have been apparent on any surface.

Bashley with new signing Jack Hoey and the returning Clive Makoni in a forward
role were quickly pegged back when the Martyrs leading goal scorer, pacey Ian
Taylor, opened the scoring in the 6th minute. It was not all one-way traffic
however and a through ball from Ashley Booker saw Makoni shooting past the

Inevitably the strength and deftness of Merthyr forwards became apparent and a
powerful run by Ryan Prosser finished with him lobbing the advancing Callum
Maher (25). The usually reliable Maher was finding great difficulty adjusting to the
3G pitch and four minutes later was beaten from 20 metres by a screamer from
the rampaging Taylor.

Good inter-play by Hoey, Bouwe Bosma and Makoni looked promising but no
finish was forthcoming whist at the other end the Bash defence put up a wall of
bodies to nullify a prolonged Merthyr assault. Despite this resistant the Martyr’s
fourth goal on 43 minutes was a simple affair as Bash stood and watched as a
run and cross by flanker Corey Jenkins was headed in at the far post by an
unmarked Taylor to complete a first half hat-trick and give Merthyr a four goal

Bashley started the second half brightly and Makoni was unlucky to be given
offside when through on goal. Both teams made changes during the second half
with Will Weston, Mitchell Speechley-Price and Matt Head coming on for
Bashley but, unfortunately for Bash, one of Merthyr’s subs was ex-Swansea city
forward Kerry Morgan who immediately showed his class when, with his back to
goal, met a cross by turning 180 degrees and volleying the dropping ball into the
net (73) and eight minutes later adding to this by running through the middle to
score a classic solo goal.

Despite suffering this master class, Bashley had by now found some rhythm
and although not mastering the surface completely began to use its
dependability to string passes together and coupled with their never-say-die
fighting spirit left the pitch with heads held high.

Maher C, Maher D, Moore, Morris, Hall (C), Petty, Hoey, Booker (Head), Makoni,
Coombes (Speechley-Price M), Bosma (Weston).

Unused sub(s):

Attendance: 403

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