By Bashley Football Club | Mike Cranidge | Monday 2nd February 2015


Bashley succumbed to the freezing weather and twenty-two-goal Lewis Powell
whilst Callum Maher turns to drink and Bash score a goal!

Bash failed to warm their supporters on a raw day at the signboard stretching
named ‘The Premier Architectural Glazing Limited Stadium’ Mangotsfield.

Bash kicked off against an experienced Mangotsfield squad that included seven
ex-Bristol Rovers/City players including leading league marksman Lewis Powell.
Bashley, with a number of key players absent, included new signing Chia Khider
on the bench.

The game started open and even with the Arctic wind appearing to trouble
spectators more than the players. Aaron Dunne threatened The Field’s goal with
a shot-cum-cross whilst at the other end Bash front-man Leighton Speechley-
Price showed his defensive capacities by heading clear a goal-bound effort. Jack
Hoey attempted a long shot, and Mangotsfield missed a glorious chance to
score when appearing mesmerised by the sight of an open goal; whilst a net
bound drive by Hoey, from a Speechley-Price pass, was well saved at the post
by the diving Joe Perry in the Mangotsfield goal.

The gate of opportunity started to close for Bash when weak defending in the
33rd minute left goal-machine Lewis Powell free to do what he does well: score.
There was no further scoring opportunities in the first half and Bash left the field
with the game still in the balance.

Bashley started the second half brightly but six minutes in, a cross from the
right found an unmarked Powell in front of goal with the inevitable consequence.
Bash pressed forward and Hoey saw a couple of attempts cleared by the Field’s
well organised defence before Mangotsfield sub Ibrahima Diallo introduced his
arrival by latching on to a through pass from Lewis Shipp to score with a find
shot from outside the box (65).

Mitch Speechley-Price now came on for Bouwe Bosma quickly followed by the
introduction of new boy Khider who replaced the tiring Hoey and finally Nuno
Pereira for Leighton Speechley-Price. Bash now put everything into attack and
the now exposed Callum Maher entertained a noisy group of goal-keeper
banterers by pulling off a number of fine saves.

Bashley’s pressure paid off when Pereira scored a consolation goal from close
range. Even then, Mangotsfield had the final say when Karim Rendal scored from
a breakaway in injury-time.

Considering recent form and the experience of the opposition, Bashley weren’t
disgraced but neither did they ever look like saving the game.

After the match Callum Maher’s behind the goal tormentors turned appreciators
and named him their man of the match and presented him with a bottle of wine.
Sitting in that biting wind with a frozen biro and snot-covered notebook, I think I
deserved one too!

Caretaker manager Graham Speechley-Price looking after team matters said;
“I’m really pleased with the effort and commitment from the team, the late goal
took a small part away from a committed team performance. It was nice to see
Callum return to the sort of form that made him one of the best keepers in the
league and Chris Hall led like the captain we know him to be. New signing Chia
Khider made an impact with his competitive approach and I’m sure will prove a
positive signing for the club.”

Bashley travel to Gosport on Tuesday evening for a Russell Cotes Cup 2nd
Round match, Speechley-Price added; “We may be unable to play any players
we have signed since the original fixture was scheduled at the beginning of
December which will affect the squad selection for this game. It will give other
players the chance to impress but clearly we will have our work cut out against
a conference south side competing for promotion. As with all season I’m sure
our lads will give everything they have.”

With a reminder that the squad is young and learning Speechley-Price knows
he has a mountain to climb in the run in to the end of the season; “We are now
two thirds through what is clearly a tough season but our young players are
maturing quickly as well and we will need to show continued patience with
them. Our recent results show we need to find some improvement sooner rather
than later and to this end we will be working hard on certain elements of the
team and looking to add any players who can improve the squad,” concluded

Maher, Booker, Bada, Morris, Hall (c), Aimson, Dunne, Cullingford, Speechley-
Price L (Pereira), Hoey (Khider), Bosma (Speechley-Price M)

Unused sub(s):  Nil

Attendance: 147
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