By Bashley Football Club | Sheridan Sparkes | Sunday 5th April 2015


Bashley’s season ultimately came to the boil on Saturday, as a 5-0 home defeat
at the hands of Didcot Town mathematically confirmed the South Coast side’s
relegation from the Southern League.

Bashley came into the game without both Gus Sanniez and Chia Khider, and
were duly dealt the cruel blow to finally seal their demise, with four league
games left to play during the 2014/15 campaign.

Didcot were looking to continue their push for a place in the play-offs come the
end of the month, but were almost behind early on as the hosts fired a couple of
dangerous effort just over the crossbar.

The division’s top goalscorer John Mills soon had the visitors in front however,
capitalising on a defensive error to breach the lines and find the back of the net.

The prolific goalscorer’s second came in similar fashion, this time rounding
Callum Maher to score, before Sam Elkins’ headed effort on the brink of half-time
all but put the nail in Bashley’s coffin.

The second half got no better for the men in gold and black, with Mills adding
goals three and four to his own tally after the interval.

Fleet Town’s home victory vs Wimborne Town mathematically means Bashley
can no longer climb out of the relegation zone, however the fate of the club will
depend on other contributing factors in the coming weeks.
“Our first 25 minutes was arguably the best that we have played this season, I
was really disappointed to go in three goals down at half-time. The lads put in a
good shift again, all working together, I’m really disappointed for them,” said
Graham Speechley-Price after watching what will certainly see Bashley drop to
the Wessex League next season.

“Didcot were the better team and deserved their win, although the result wasn’t a
true reflection of the game today. Going forward as a side, we are improving, in
October Didcot fully deserved victory by the margin they had, but if they had
won one or two nil today I don’t think anyone would have complained,” added
Speechley-Price who concluded “Again we had a very good crowd which shows
people are still supporting us which is good for the future of the club and
everyone involved with the club moving forward.”

Easter Bank Holiday Monday brings a visit to Sholing with a 1:00pm kick-off
before Saturday's visit to Bishops Cleeve meanwhile the reserves drew 2-2 at
Hythe and Dibden with the return fixture at bashley Road this Saturday at

C Maher, Petty, Moore, Morris (c), Keith, Cullingford, L Speechley-Price,
Brading, Makoni (Pereira), Dunne (D Maher), Bada.

Unused sub(s): Taylor

Att: 202
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