By Bashley Football Club | Sheridan Sparkes | Sunday 22nd February 2015


Bashley’s stretch of games without a home league win continued on Saturday,
as promotion chasing Larkhall Athletic left the New Forest with all three points.

The visitors started on the front foot, and took just 18 minutes to break the
deadlock. Some neat work down the right hand side found the unmarked Matt
Thorne 12 yards from goal, and the midfielder steered home beyond Callum
Maher into the bottom corner.

Thorne then doubled his tally for the afternoon, again steering home into the
bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the area, following a set-piece that the
Bashley defence failed to clear.

The pace of the game slowed considerably after the goals, and the changing
weather conditions certainly didn’t allow for a free-flowing game of football. The
visitors created half chances, but were ultimately unable to break the Bashley
defence for a third time.

After the break, the home side had half chances of their own to get back into the
game, both Ryan Brading and Joe Petty forcing saves out of Alex Shaftoe in the
Larkhall goal, but nothing clear-cut was created.

Larkhall had opportunities of their own, but the Bashley defence continued to
stand firm, and when broken, Maher was on hand to keep the scoring down.

It finished 2-0 to Larkhall in the end, with Bashley’s home run without a win
stretching to almost a year now. The Yellows are now 13 points adrift of safety,
with 30 left to play for this season.

“Larkhall had the better of the first half by far, two nil down and the lads’ heads
were down, so we used the second half as an experiment. We pushed extra
men forward and changed tactics and had the better of the second half,” said
Bashley caretaker manager Graham Speechley-Price.

“This is the way forward for us, being more adventurous we look more dangerous,
it’s a lot better pressing high up rather than wait for them to come onto us. A lot
of positives came out of the game today, if the same response happens for the
rest of the games then there is no reason why we maybe can’t start to put some
points together.”

“I think that maybe we have been playing with too much fear and respect for
other teams, hopefully now we will go and have a go at them and see what
happens,” Speechley-Price concluded.
Maher, Booker, Bada, Morris, Keith, Khider (M Speechley-Price) (Taylor), Petty,
Dunne, Makoni (Pereira), Cullingford, Brading.

Unused sub(s): Lambourne, Weston

Attendance: 140
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