By Bashley Football Club | Sheridan Sparkes | Monday 16th March 2015


It’s often said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and that was
certainly the case on Saturday afternoon, as plucky Bashley held mid-table
Shortwood United to a goalless draw at Bashley Road.

Going into proceedings, followers of the Southern League wouldn’t have been
criticised for predicting a Shortwood away win, but Bashley proved their doubters
wrong and more than matched their higher-placed opponents for long periods of
the game.

United did start well, and Callum Maher had to be at his absolute best to deny a
number of goal scoring opportunities. That included an outstanding reflex save to
deny a Shortwood forward, diving to his left to tip the effort onto the crossbar.
Maher continues to prove week in, week out why he’s renowned as an excellent

The hosts had chances of their own in the opening 45 minutes, including a
Mitchell Speechley-Price effort from 20 yards that fizzed just over the top of the
Shortwood continued to push forward and create chances of their own, but were
unable to break the deadlock in a tightly fought first half.

The second half saw the tide change almost completely, and Bashley began to
take the game to their visitors. Leighton Speechley-Price had a clear penalty
turned down, as he raced onto a through ball only to have his legs swept from
underneath him before he could reach the ball.

The Bash began to barrage the away goal, and were desperately unlucky not to
score, with both Nuno Pereira and Gus Sanniez watching on to see the united
defence somehow clear the ball off the line and prevent the first Bashley goal
since the end of January.

The last ten minutes were end to end, but ultimately neither side could find the
back of the net, and Bashley claimed their first point since New Year’s Day.
“I was really pleased with today, with a few out I really thought that we might
struggle a bit but the lads that came in did just as good a job as the ones that
were missing which is going to put a lot of pressure on them to earn their place
back,” said Bashley manager Graham Speechley-Price.

“The depth of our reserves is definitely helping the first team, week on week we
are getting better and better. Our young lads are growing into young men now
which shows in their performances.”

Speechley-Price concluded, “The best two chances of the game fell to us right
in front of goal but that happens when you luck is out, hopefully the next one will
be a victory for us. We’re knocking on the door, the performances are great with
the results showing that we are improving game on game.”

Bashley's high flying reserves take centre stage this Wednesday with an early
kick off at 7:15pm against East Cowes Vics while the first team travel to
Cinderford Town for Saturday's match. Next home match for the first team is
Saturday 28th March against Tiverton Town who won 2-1 last August in our visit

C Maher, Petty (Dunne), D Maher, Morris, Keith, Sanniez, Khider (Dugdale /
Pereira), M Speechley-Price, L Speechley-Price, Makoni, Moore

Unused sub(s): Taylor, Lambourne

Att: 147
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