By Bashley Football Club | Sheridan Sparkes | Sunday 21st March 2015


The long journey north to the Forest of Dean proved to be a difficult one for
Bashley fans, as the club’s recent run of improving results came to a shattering
halt at the hands of Cinderford Town.

Bashley went into the game without seven key players, but manager Graham
Speechley-Price was insistent that it would give certain players their chance to
step up and stake their claim for a regular spot in the starting XI, going into the
final six games of the season.

Hosts Cinderford started quickly and were ahead after just 8 minutes, with
Bobby Dale on hand to tuck home a deflected cross into an empty net.

Bashley pushed forward in search of an equaliser, and could have found one, but
for a couple of smart stops from goalkeeper Alex Harris to deny Clive Makoni.

Cinderford however doubled their advantage on the brink of half-time, Bobbie Dale
again on the scoresheet to double his tally for the afternoon.

Ethan Moore put the game beyond any real doubt after 55 minutes, before the
match sprang into a fiery life, with both Cinderford’s George Lloyd and Bashley’s
Mitchell Speechley-Price receiving their marching orders for violent conduct.

With both teams down to ten men, it was Cinderford who exploited the gaps, and
goals four and five were soon supplied, coming from Moore and Dale’s hat-trick
goal respectively.

Jacob Morgan and captain Kieran Thomas added gloss to the scoreline late on,
and Bashley can only look back on a disappointing result.
Manager Graham Speechley-Price said “I’m really disappointed to have seven
players unavailable after we have shown such a good improvement recently.
With everyone back next Saturday at home to Tiverton Town we will be looking
for our first home win this year.”

Fortunately the Bashley reserves are in very good shape and form, currently
challenging well for honours. “We were forced into giving several players a taste
of football at a higher level in the Southern League who now know what the
difference is, hopefully it’ll be the last time that we have so many players
unavailable in one go,” Speechley-Price added.

Matches this week at Bashley Road start with the high flying reserve team
taking on Verwood Town in the John Stimpson Memorial Shield Quarter Final,
kick off 7:45pm prior to travelling to Fawley for Saturday’s 3:00pm League
match. Meanwhile the first team play at host to second in the League Tiverton
Town on Saturday afternoon from 3:00pm.

Lambourne, Dunne, Bada (Taylor), L Speechley-Price (c), Petty, Khider,
Dashwood (Brading), Moore, Pereira (Weston), Makoni, M Speechley-Price

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Att: 92
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