By Bashley Football Club | Wednesday 4th February 2015


With the prize of a home tie against Wessex League Premier side Blackfield &
Langley in the quarter-finals of the Russell Cotes Cup up for grabs, Gosport
Borough and Bashley finally locked horns in a second round tie that had
originally been scheduled for the end of November.

Gosport could maybe have been forgiven for fielding a slightly weaker side than
you would otherwise expect, but it wasn’t to be, with a number of key players
retaining their place in the starting XI. It came as no surprise then that the hosts
remained relatively comfortable throughout, and an upset never really looked on
the cards.

Gosport began brightly, playing the ball about the centre of midfield looking to
pick the gaps in what has previously been a leaky Bashley defence. It was the
visitors with the first effort on goal however, pacy forward Clive Makoni latching
on to a long ball forward, but only managing to blaze his finish well over the bar.

Ryan Brading soon forced Nathan Ashmore into a comfortable save down to his
right with a drive from 20 yards, but it was all Borough from there on in.
Francesco Saez-Ferre found space after collecting a flick on from Dan Wooden,
but he too could only flick his effort over the top of the crossbar.

Steve Ramsey then found himself released on goal, and in truth the midfielder
should have buried his chance. Lee Wort flicked a header wide soon after but the
deadlock was broken in the 43rd minute, Wort reacting to a ball in behind, before
cooly sliding the ball beyond Callum Maher in the Bashley goal.

The lead was doubled within a minute, Lee Wort again involved straight from the
kick-off, this time intricate build-up play on the edge of the box allowed Saez the
time and space to fire beyond Maher.

The pattern of play continued in much the same light after the break, with the
Conference South side stroking the ball between themselves looking to exploit
any openings. Rory Williams slammed an effort against the crossbar, before Lee
Wort slid home his second, and Gosport’s third midway through the half.

Gosport continued to create openings, but ultimately there was to be no more
scoring, with the hosts progressing to face Blackfield & Langley in the next
round without really breaking sweat.

Bashley caretaker manager Graham Speechley-Price was pleased with signs of
improvement, “I felt that we were up against it, a very tough game, the lads
worked very hard from the start and kept our shape much better than in recent
weeks. The togetherness was there today, a big improvement, we played good
football in spells creating a few chances.”

Bashley’s next game is this Saturday 7th February, playing host to fourth placed
Evesham United in a tough Southern League South & West encounter.
“Gosport dominated the game as you would expect and shows with their budget
against our zero budget. With the signs of improvement we have to take it
forward into the next game and make sure that we make another step forward
and hopefully then we will start picking some points up,” concluded Speechley-

Maher, Booker (Rogers), Bada, Morris, Petty, Hall (c), Cullingford, Dunne,
Speechley-Price L, Makoni (Speechley-Price M), Brading (Coombes)

Unused sub(s):  Bosma, Moore

Attendance: 77
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