By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Sunday 28th December 2014


A revitalised point starved Bashley, delighted their travelling fans by holding local
rivals Wimborne to a 1-1 draw at The Cuthbury in front of a holiday crowd of 408.

Bashley had the luxury of having both speedy flank forwards Clive Makoni and
Nuno Pereira available faced a Wimborne side containing former Bashley
favourites Mark Gamble and James Stokoe.

Bash’s Makoni was immediately prominent attacking from the off. A well timed
forward pass by Ashley Booker found Jack Hoey clear on goal only to have a
crunching tackle in the penalty area judged fair by the referee, much to the
disbelief of the away supporters.

Play was end to end with Bash looking the more dangerous however, loose
defending in the 14th minute allowed Magpie Sam Griffin to drift in from the left to
net with a sharp angled shot.

A delightful cross from Booker was first met by the head of Leighton Speechley-
Price, punched clear to Joe Petty, who set up a shot for the onrushing Hoey that
was tipped over the bar by Wimborne keeper Jason Harvell.

Chris Hall was booked in the 23rd minute, the first of eight bookings handed out
evenly by an over-zealous referee for a game that was played in good humour
and without rancour by both sides.

Wimborne flankers Gamble and Griffin were lively and dangerous throughout, this
forced their Bash counterparts Makoni and Pereira to drop back to defend. This
increased the importance of Booker’s role feeding the front runs of Hoey and

It was the quick thinking Hoey who looked the most likely to score coming close
on a number of occasions; Gamble at the other end was a constant threat and
only an excellent save in the dying seconds of the first half by Bashley’ Reserve
keeper James Lambourne stopped the Magpies increasing their lead.

A resolute Bashley started the second half. This determination was underlined
by a Petty tackle that stopped a Wimborne breakaway and ‘earned’ a yellow
card. The breakthrough came in the 53rd minute when a run my Makoni went
unchecked and his cross into the crowded goal mouth reached Hoey at the far
post who opened his Bash account and brought the scores level by slotting

This galvanised Wimborne into life and when Lambourne’s mistimed rush from
goal took man instead of ball a goal from the spot looked certain as ex-Bashley
penalty king Mark Gamble stepped up. Almost unbelievably and to Bashley’s
relief Gamble kicked wide.

Play was now end to end with neither side wilting under the onslaughts. Such
was the endeavour being shown by Bashley’s young team that there were no
substitutions; Bashley’s back line of Petty, Hall, Lewis Aimson and Dan Maher
with Brad Morris operating in front never wilted despite constant Wimborne
Although not as dominant as in the first half Bashley were still capable of
breaking out of defence, with Booker always ready to shoot at the slightest
glimpse of a goal keeper’s jersey, looked dangerous. Even so the final whistle
was greeted with some relief as neither side deserved to lose. Considering the
present fortunes of both clubs, the honours must go to Bashley.

After the match, from the Bash management a very pleased a proud Paul Morris
said, “The commitment of the players showed even more so today. With the
pressure we put on them, we’re frustrated at not getting 3 points but getting the
point after so long without, and seeing the smiles on the Bash fans faces who
travel everywhere with us is a great feeling.

“The lads are buzzing in the changing room, they can’t wait to go into the next
game against Sholing on New Year’s day. We are going to get some more
points and that’s what we have to look forward to.

“With no budget that is what we have drilled into the lads and what we have out
there is what we have to work with now. After that performance I don’t think I can
drop anyone.

“Wimborne are a mid-table team, at times we made them look ordinary with the
pressure we put on them and we looked like a mid-table team which is
promising as everyone thinks oh Bashley bottom of the table it’ll be a walkover.
As people realised today we are not a walkover.”

Lambourne, Petty, Maher, Morris, Hall (c), Aimson, Makoni, Booker, Speechley-Price
L, Hoey, Pereir

Unused sub(s): Dodd, Bosma, Keith, Dunne, Cullingford (injured in warm-up).

Attendance: 408
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