BASHLEY 1 SHOLING 1

By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Friday 2nd January 2015

EXTRA TIME AGONY FOR BASH

The champagne went flat in the glass when a goal in the 3rd minute of extra time
robbed Bashley of their first home win of the season. In fairness to Sholing a
draw was a fair result but that did not diminish the bitter taste of disappointment
that only a late reversal can bring.

The wind and greasy pitch made a classic unlikely and both teams never really
settled or dominated. Sholing with the wind at their backs were first to show
when an effort by Sam Wilson flew over the bar. Bashley, with new signing
Kenny Vaughan replacing the absent Callum Maher in goal, had the luxury of an
unchanged side and looked capable of taking control but like Sholing found it
difficult to cope with the conditions and the game was fought out over 80% of the
pitch with the goal areas virtually no-man’s land.

This changed in the 21st minute when a cross from the right by Clive Makoni
found the feet of Jack Hoey who, despite being closely challenged as he entered
the box, managed to get a foot to the ball and cleverly lob the back-peddling
Jordan Brookes in the Sholing goal.

The Boatmen, with striker Sam Wilson was a handful and Jess Walkin brought
out a fine save from Vaughan, were always in the game but neither goal was
seriously threatened again before halftime.

The second half started with Sholing looking dangerous especially when Walkin
went close with a shot just over the bar.

In the 55th minute Bashley front-man Leighton Speechley-Price was left on the
ground after a sharp tackle and was stretchered off nursing a damaged foot. He
was replaced by Bouwe Bosma who made an immediate impact and after
breaking on the left crossed to Makoni whose effort on goal skimmed the post.

The heavy conditions were taking no prisoners when first Bash wing forward
Nuno Pereira retired from combat with a dead leg followed shortly by Makoni, his
compatriot on the other flank, who after having a goalmouth bound power run
stifled by the outward rushing Brookes, succumbed to the same complaint. They
were replaced by Aaron Dunne and Mitchell Speechley-Price.

In the 79th minute Bashley were within a whisper of increasing their lead when a
low cross from Hoey to the near post was met by the sliding Bosma and went
agonisingly the wrong side of the upright.

The game was now end to end with both defences having the upper hand with a
well-drilled Bash back line unrecognisable from that of a few weeks before. It was
heart-breaking that a much sought after win was denied by a goal in the third
minute of injury time from an indifferent shot by Alex Sawyer was helped under
the body of the falling Vaughan courtesy of a slip and a bobble.

Bad luck for Bashley but a fair result for two teams who beat the conditions if not
one another. Bashley, however, can take heart as this result, following the
Boxing Day draw at Wimborne, shows a corner being turned.
After the match, from the Bash management Paul Morris had mixed emotions
from the result, he said, “Two points in two games no one would of though it a
few weeks back. It shows now that we are growing as a club behind the scenes
and on the pitch, the club is going in the right direction.

“I’m gutted for the lads, they are gutted and very frustrated in the changing
rooms but, it’s still another point and points like that can keep us up in this
league.

“It was a very hard game to play today the conditions were awful to play football
in, but as I’ve been saying the last couple of weeks the commitment is 110%
and is what’s getting them through these games and getting the points. There
are little things to learn which will get the three points in the bag, but I can’t fault
their effort.”

Looking ahead Bashley have a match at home tomorrow (Saturday 3:00pm)
against Bridgwater Town who are in eleventh position in the league table, they
were also our opponents for the opening match of this seasons campaign in
August where we went down 4-0.

“We’re all still buzzing from Wimborne and today, if you put your minds to it you
can do anything. I think that we can get something out of the game on
Saturday, if it’s one point or three would be even better,” concluded Morris.

Bashley:
Vaughan, Petty, Maher D, Morris, Hall (c), Aimson, Makoni (Speechley-Price M),
Booker, Speechley-Price L (Bosma), Hoey, Pereira (Dunne).

Unused sub(s): Keith, Lambourne

Attendance: 175
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