WANTAGE TOWN 2 BASHLEY 0
By Bashley Football Club | Sheridan Sparkes | Sunday 15th February 2015
BASHLEY FALL TO SECOND LATE LOSS IN A WEEK
It was to be another difficult afternoon on the road for Bashley fans, as their side
succumbed to a 2-0 away defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Wantage
Bashley went into the game without a couple of key names, but continued with
the same never say die attitude that saw them come within four minutes of a
point against Bridgwater Town on Tuesday night.
The game itself proved to be a typical relegation scrap, with neither side
particularly forcing their opposite goalkeeper into any work. It was to be the away
side who created the first real opportunity though, as Leighton Speechley-Price
flicked a header over the bar from a long James Keith throw, when he perhaps
could have done more to hit the target.
Neither side looked like opening up either defence, but it was again Bashley who
created the best opportunity to take the lead towards the end of the opening 45
minutes. Some fine work down the left hand side from Dammy Bada allowed the
full back to put a dangerous cross into the box, but Aaron Dunne was only able
to curl an effort wide when the ball dropped at his feet, with home goalkeeper
Gareth Tucker watching on.
The home side appeared to settle onto the bobbly surface in the second half, but
were unable to break down a resilient Bashley back line for a long time.
That was until the deadlock was broken in the 76th minute, as a ball into the
channel allowed a low cross to be played back across the area, with substitute
George Reid able to supply a cool finish into the bottom corner from just a few
yards out. That was despite the majority of players stopping to allow the ball to
be played out for an injury to a home player.
Town doubled their lead and killed the game in stoppage time, this time
substitute Sam Barder picking a gap to slam home his driven free kick.
There was still time for Bada to test Tucker in the Wantage goal, forcing a fine
low save, but it wasn't to be for the Bash. The result now leaves the club 12
points adrift of safety, as Wantage climb above Fleet Town with the win.
After the match a bitterly disappointed Bashley caretaker manager Graham
Speechley-Price explained, “The game had nil-nil written all over it. It was
changed on a decision one of their players went down in a lot of pain, our players
understood that the ref had asked for them to kick the ball out of play, our
players stopped and they ran through and scored a goal. We appealed as it was
un-sporting as we had stopped because of it, the referee came over and admitted
it was unsporting behaviour, he was asked why he didn’t call the play back and
he said they should have played to the whistle. We believed he had instructed for
the ball to be put out of play. The second goal came through bodies being up the
pitch, they had a free kick and we left ourselves short at the back in the hope of
trying to nick an equaliser in the last minute.”
Speechley-Price has until Saturday with Larkhall Athletic the visitors to Bashley
Road to pull the side back from another disappointment. “We were fully worth a
point, fully worth a draw the same as we were against Bridgwater. I think the
team is going in the right direction, they are coming on bundles and are due a
share of luck at some point,” he concluded.
Maher, Booker, Bada, Morris, Keith, Petty (Khider), L Speechley-Price,
Cullingford, Pereira (Coombes), Dunne (Weston), Brading.
Unused sub(s): Lambourne, Roberts