By Bashley Football Club | Sheridan Sparkes | Thursday 12th February 2015


It was a night for Bashley fans to forget, as Bridgwater Town left the New Forest
with all three points, despite coming close to only leaving with one, and on
another night, potentially none at all.

Bashley’s home record this season speaks for itself, and with the way recent
results have gone, many could have been forgiven for expecting a Bridgwater
victory. The home side certainly didn’t crumble however, as they battled hard to
the very end, and certainly deserved more than the final score would credit them

In what was a fairly even opening 25 minutes, it was to be the visitors to create
the first chance of the evening. A looped free-kick picked out Ross McNab,
whose excellent movement had found him space 12 yards out, but his volleyed
effort flew high and wide of the goal.

James Keith came into the side to replace Chris Hall, who’d recently departed to
rivals Fleet Town, and his long throws caused problems for the Bridgwater
defence all night. One such occasion allowed a Bashley forward to head a loose
ball just inches over the ball, when it looked for all the world that it was going to
drop into the bottom corner.

On the brink of half-time, young midfielder Connor Cullingford fired just over the
crossbar after some excellent work by Dammy Bada, before James Byrne forced
Bash goalkeeper Callum Maher into a smart stop with a driven effort of his own.

The second half continued in much the same light, with both sides feeling they
could have stolen the win. Both goalkeepers were forced into saves of their own,
providing plenty of entertainment for the 93 in attendance.

Undoubtedly the best chance of the second half fell to the home side, Ryan
Brading swivelling well to force Ben John into an excellent save down low to his

The game looked for a long time as though it would finish goalless, but it wasn’t
to be, as Town poured forward to steal all three points at the death. An in-
swinging corner caused problems in the Bashley box, and when Tom Knighton
poked the ball home, he was able to wheel away with the rest of his side to
celebrate the winner, despite shouts of offside from the Bashley faithful.

The narrow loss means Bashley remain at the foot of the Southern League South
& West table, and with relegation rivals Bishops Cleeve picking up a vital win at
home to Tiverton Town, the quest for survival this season has been made even

Following the departure of Chris Hall new Bashley skipper supporters favorite
Brad Morris has to focus his team on Saturdays away match at Wantage Town.
“We made a lot of changes today due to some of the players being unavailable.
All the players that were being played out of position we moved back to where
they feel comfortable and we filled the holes up,” Graham Speechley-Price
Bashley caretaker manager said after the match.

“We looked tight, disciplined and comfortable. We were the better team for
periods of the game and a draw would have been a fair result on reflection of
what I saw. It was a starting point and hopefully the lads will put in another shift
at Wantage on Saturday afternoon and the next step forward, a win,” Speechley-
Price concluded.

Maher, Bada, Booker, Morris (c), Keith, Petty (Gorman), Speechley-Price L,
Cullingford (Khider), Brading, Speechley-Price M (Moore), Dunne,

Unused sub(s):  Rogers, Weston

Attendance: 93
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