By Bashley Football Club | Sheridan Sparkes | Monday 9th March 2015


A hard-fought 90 minutes ultimately ended in defeat for Bashley this week, as
they fell prey to a narrow defeat at home against fellow strugglers Clevedon
Town. The defeat continues the clubs long home run without a win, and the
Yellows remain 13 points adrift of safety in the Southern League South & West
table this season.

The hosts had the majority of the play in the opening exchanges with a couple of
half-chances going astray, Clevedon weren’t without opportunities of their own
however, and a combination of Callum Maher and the defence ahead of him
allowed Bash to compete across the pitch.

The first real chance came late in the half, as the visiting defence struggled to
clear an in-swinging corner from the right-hand side. Young forward Mitchell
Speechley-Price latched on to a flick on at the far post, but was only able to
steer the ball inches wide of the post, clearly distraught that he was unable to
find the back of the net.

Clevedon managed to string together a fast-flowing attack just moments later,
and raced down the field with purpose on the brink of half-time. A looping cross
was fired in, and despite claims for a foul on goalkeeper Maher in the midst of
the action, Town’s Adam Buckley was on hand to calmly tap the ball into the
empty net, giving the visitors a first-half lead against the run of play.

The second 45 minutes were almost identical to the first, and half-chances were
created at both ends. Bashley did manage to put the ball into the back of the net
midway through the half, but the referee had seen a foul in the build-up, awarding
a Clevedon free-kick instead, much to the bemusement of everybody else in the

The visitors won a penalty minutes later, with Leighton Speechley-Price
adjudged to have handled a shot in the area. Maher produced a fantastic diving
save to his right to keep the score at one, but Bashley were unable to capitalise,
and Clevedon held on for a vital three points at the wrong end of the table.

“We played some good football, knocked it around well and had two really good
chances before they went ahead, the one good chance they had they scored
from it other than that we had a penalty shout which we didn’t get but they had
one which seemed to hit a shoulder which was a bit unfortunate but these things
happen,” said Graham Speechley-Price after the match.

“All in all the majority of the team is an under 21 side who put in a really good
shift and competed against a team that’s been together a while and our lads can
hold their heads up with pride. I thought the support was fantastic again today,
they still come out watch us and support us through everything.”
A cracking 74th minute penalty save seemed to boost the side considerably for
the remaining minutes, Speechley-Price added; “Callum (Maher) has been good
for us all season unfortunately as it is with any keeper if you make a mistake it
ends up in the net, anywhere else on the pitch someone is there to cover you.
He has been excellent all season and yet again he has done it again today with
the penalty save.”

An injury worry for Bashley on Saturday was Mitchell (Speechley-Price) who
went off after turning his knee resulting with it swelling up; “With some ice
treatment hopefully it won’t be too bad, we’ll have to wait and see, he is more
disappointed with the result than his knee at the moment,” added Speechley-
Price who concluded “We’ll have a budget next year, assuming we drop to the
Wessex League, hopefully Bashley will be back and firing again with things to
look forward to next year which is what we are preparing for. The lads don’t like
losing, they are disappointed at losing, but they know that they are doing the
best they can. They keep turning up so they’re obviously enjoying it. There is a
good atmosphere here at the club with the reserves near the top of the league
so it’s onwards and upwards.”

C Maher, Petty, D Maher (Taylor), Morris (c), Keith, Sanniez, L Speechley-
Price, Cullingford, M Speechley-Price (Pereira), Dunne, Bada.

Unused sub(s):

Att: 155
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