By Bashley Football Club | Tim Allan | Sunday 1st March 2015


BASHLEY slumped to a heavy away defeat at the Webbswood Stadium at the
hands of rampant Swindon Supermarine who ruled the first half surging into a 4-
nil advantage seemingly at ease. The home sides management and supporters
praised our young side for not giving up and competing in an entertaining match
until the final whistle.

Bashley kicked off but it was the home side to show their intentions with a shot
from Ryan Stanners just glancing over the Bashley crossbar in the 8th minute
from a Ross Adams byline cross. A mere 3 minutes later Scott Bevan crossed
the ball into the box from the far right picking out Connor Waldon who made no
mistake powering the ball from 7 yards out leaving Maher stranded.

Not long until goal two in the 18th minute, or so everyone thought. A lovely cross
from Josh Morse on the right again picking out Waldon with a powerful header
through the mass of bodies but luckily for Bashley it was ruled offside.

An indirect free kick was awarded inches inside the Bashley penalty box after
Maher was judged to of mishandled the ball for which a yellow card was his
prize. Bradley Gray tapped the ball gently for Chris Taylor to make no mistake in
the 28th minute with Maher partially unsighted diving the right way only for the
ball to bobble up over him at the last second.

Missery continued with a second goal from a powerful Hopper blast in the 32nd
minute while just 4 minutes later he added a second with a header from a couple
of yards out. Supermarines defence was hardly troubled with Bashley making
several break away attempts only to be left frustrated with no reward each time.

The second half carried on where the first had left off with Hopper completing his
hat-trick in the 55th minute. Bashley then held on well to the Wiltshire side
following a double substitution in the 59th minute with Tom Hammond and Nuno
Pereira being replace by Mitchell Speechley-Price and Mitchell Coombes
respectively. Although only on for 2 minutes Coombes picked up a quick yellow
card more out of frustration.

After a packed goalmouth scramble with the home side piling the pressure on
Bashley, substitute Lee Taylor hit the net, unfortunately it was his own goal
coming from a glancing header trying to clear the ball away in the 78th minute.

Best chance of the match for Bashley fell to Mitchell Speechley-Price who
blasted a sitter just wide of target following another good break by the young
men from the New Forest. The final chance for Bashley to gain a consolation
goal came in the 89th minute with Aaron Dunne and Joe Petty combining to fight
a way through the Wiltshire sides defence but the brick wall was just too solid.

“Missing James Keith and Connor Cullingford today was a blow for us plus Chia
Khider is also on the injured list. We thought that we would try and be more
adventurous with three forward and we were ripped apart in the first half,” said
Graham Speechley-Price after the match.
“We reverted back to our other shape in the second half where we were a lot
tighter and a lot better, but at the end of the day it was another hard lesson
learned. Hopefully we will have players returning next Saturday where we must
put todays result right,” Speechley-Price added, while also hoping that his
charges that picked up injuries today recover in time for next Saturday’s visit of
Clevedon Town at Bashley Road (3:00pm kick-off).

Speechley-Price explained, “Clive (Makoni) pulled his thigh muscle within a
couple of minutes of the start of the match and Nuno (Pereira) also picked up an
early knock which meant we were playing with two players struggling at the time
and a bit early to make subs.”

Maher, Booker, Bada, Morris, Hammond (M Speechley-Price), Petty, L
Speechley-Price, Dunne, Makoni (Taylor), Brading, Pereira (Coombes).

Unused sub(s):

Att: 113
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