By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Sunday 11th January 2015


A Bashley side fortified by new signing Adam Pearson adding height and steel to
the back four and with young Jack Hoey putting in a man of the match
performance, surprised a revitalised Totton side still buzzing from recent high
profile performances, with a first half display that must rank as one of their best
of the season.

Unfortunately this was not allowed to continue as the toxic mixture of an
uncharitable referee and the belated ignition of Totton’s experienced trio of skilful
front runners proved too much for their less endowed neighbours. That said, the
4-0 score line was not a true reflection of the game and Bashley’s performance
won plaudits from the both sets of fans.

Bashley hit top gear from the start with new boy Pearson, whose presence in the
box at free kicks and corners was always a danger, going close in the 6th
minute with a header from a Brad Morris free kick.

At the other end, Michael Gosney saw a shot go wide before Hoey broke through
for Bash but failed to convert. Despite the swirling wind Bashley were playing a
neat passing game and looked comfortable in their skins fielding a back three
strengthened by running wingbacks with a midfield diamond supporting target
man Leighton Speechley-Price who had earlier seen his flicked effort well saved
at the near post.

A dash for goal by Clive Makoni resulted in a 50/50 ball with the out-coming
Stags’ keeper Steve Mowthrope and despite little contact as brakes were applied
Makoni was booked and a petulant swing from Mowthrope ignored.

Gosney sent another effort skywards whilst a period of pressure on the Totton
goal following a Bash free kick ended with a Lewis Aimson effort being well
saved. A breakaway by Totton after more Bash pressure was stopped unfairly by
the recovering Nuno Pereira at the expense of a yellow card whilst Lewis Aimson
won plaudits for his fine goal-saving tackle. 

The second half was like switching channels and watching another game! Billy
Lowes swept passed a static Bash defence and launched a shot that scraped
the post before finding the corner of the net. Totton were now on fire and when
Speechley-Price was forced off after 53 minutes with a re-occurrence of a foot
injury the initiative was very much with the home side. Replacement Aaron
Dunne took over the target man roll for a short time before falling back to support
the beleaguered Bash defence.

The Stags increased their lead in the 61st minute when star-man Nathaniel
Sherborne showed his class with a long range swerving shot that gave James
Lambourne in the Bash goal no chance.

Pereira was replaced by Mitchell Coombes and Bashley started to regain their
shape with both Hoey and Makoni having chances but a lack of indecision in
midfield led to Zac Mouland running free and beating Lambourne with a low shot
(74 minutes). Connor Cullingford then came on for Ashley Booker and Joe Petty
took a yellow for the team with a late tackle.
Totton’s fourth goal had a touch of Comic Cuts when after having his goal turned
down for offside Stag sub Joe Maxwell found the ball being returned as the free-
kick was rebounded back to give him an open goal!

Bash to their credit battled on with Hoey still busting forward at every chance,
however it was Chris Hall and Dunne who increased the Bash yellow card total
to five: a somewhat undeserved outcome considering the friendly nature of the

From the management team Tom Prodomo reflected after the match, “The first
half we were building off Wimborne and Sholing games with some real positive
signs in certain areas of the boys getting to know each other, understanding and
what it is we are trying to achieve. There were some positive chances we
created, unfortunately at this level you do need to take them, it changes the
game and the way teams play against you.

Talking about the first half which showed so much promise Prodomo continued,
“If we had managed to get ourselves ahead in the first half and capitalise on the
opportunities that we created then I think it would have been a different game.
Credit to the boys as well they nullified the Totton threat in large areas, forcing
the ball wide etc, I think we did very well in the first half.

Looking at the second half and how to transfer the positives into reality Prodomo
concluded, “The second half we have to learn some lessons from, I thought we
started really well up until the goal. Our response to that was maybe a little bit
naive, we opened the game up too early and a little bit more trust in ourselves
as individuals and as a team and perhaps we could of responded more
intelligently. That will come in time on the training ground, we are still new to
each other we have to take the positives we are not in a position where we can
dwell on it. We get two opportunities to put it right in the week in training and
then it’s the game at home next Saturday.”

Next match for Bashley is at home on Saturday 17th January with a 3:00pm
kick off against North Leigh. The following week there is a coach trip to Stratford
Town with a coach booked, supporters can join the trip for a £20 fare departing
at 9:00am. Match entry at Stratford is £8 adults concessions £5.

Lambourne, Petty, Aimson, Morris, Hall (c), Pearson, Makoni, Booker (Cullingford),
Speechley-Price L (Dunne), Hoey. Pereira (Coombes).

Unused sub(s): Maher D, Bosma.

Attendance: 323
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