By Bashley Football Club | Sheridan Sparkes | Tuesday 7th April 2015


The 355 in attendance at the Silverlake Arena on Easter Monday were treated
not only beautiful weather, but also to an entertaining game at the bottom of the
Southern League South & West in the day’s early kick-off.

Sholing laid on a ‘Pay what you want’ day to help attract people through the
door, and the bumper crowd were rewarded with the opening goal within two
minutes of kick-off, as Bashley’s Ronan Moore lifted an effort over Sholing
‘keeper Lee Webber via a deflection, sending the travelling Bashley contingent
into delirium.

The lead didn’t last long however, as some confusion in the Bashley defence
allowed Tobi Adenkunle to find time and space in the box, swivelling to lash
home an effort beyond the despairing dive of James Lambourne.

Sholing flipped the game on its head just five minutes later, as Dan Mason took
his opportunity to find the net, giving the hosts the lead for the first time that
Bashley kept pressing however, and were rewarded with the equaliser just five
minutes before the break, as Clive Makoni raced on to a ball over to top to
acrobatically flick his effort over Webber and into the bottom corner.

Sholing had chances to put the game well beyond Bashley after the interval, but
were denied by some outstanding defending from the Bashley defence,
alongside some jaw-dropping saves from Lambourne, most notably racing across
his goal, before leaping to his left and tipping a deflected effort over his crossbar.

As it was however, the hosts did break down a resilient Bashley back-line, with
Dan Mason adding his second of the afternoon with a cool finish, before TJ
Cuthbertson drove home to finish off an excellent local derby.

“We were carrying a few injuries today but the lads put in a really good shift,
pleased with the effort and performance. We held onto our 1st goal quite well, it
was a few minutes before the equaliser came and we could of just as easily
gone two up instead of going one-all,” said Graham Speechley-Price.

“The reason we went 2-1 down was because one of our lads was trying to put his
shoulder back in which took five minutes and during that time they scored their
2nd. We pressed back and went in two-all at half-time.”

“I thought that we gave away a poor 3rd goal, we went looking for the equaliser
and they grabbed a 4th. Credit to Sholing they were worth their victory but on
reflection we were competitive as Sholing proved last year they won the Vase,
they won the league at a canter and proves that there is a massive gulf between
Wessex League and Southern League football.”

Looking towards next season and the prospects in store for our New Forest side
Speechley-Price explained; “At the start of the season we started to prepare for
next season we knew the situation and the budgets that we were competing
against and realistically I don’t think there is anyone in football that would think
our position in the table would be any different. What we have done is to manage
to give a lot of young players an opportunity and brought them through, they
have now had a year hardened up in Southern League football. Allowing for
player movement we now have a core of the side where at the start of the
season we had no players whatsoever.”

A great deal of work has been ongoing all season with the help of some
fantastic supporters of the club to put the club in good health; “The rest of the
club has been put back together well, the committee is organised well, the
structure behind the club and lots of work is being done behind the scenes
which people don’t see, next year we should be back to reasonable health,
everything is moving in the right direction and we look like a football club again,”
Speechley Price added.

Budget has been one of the biggest words thrown around this season, looking to
next season this is no different; “Next year the difference between this level and
the Wessex League is nearly £30,000 that you need, we have survived at this
level with what we have turned over anyway so there is no reason why that
wouldn’t potentially become a budget for next season and then we would be
looking to add to the squad maybe 5 or 6 players,” Speechly-Price revealed and
concludes, “We have a massive home support, with two season’s awful seasons
we have still averaged over 140 in spite of that so a winning team would
hopefully bring back some of the other support with hopefully our fortunes
changing next year.”

Next match at Bashley Road is on Saturday with the visit of Hythe and Dibden
reserves taking on Bashley reserves where a win would secure the League,
meanwhile the first team travel to Bishops Cleeve, both matches kick-off at

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

Unused sub(s): Dashwood, Taylor

Att: 355
(A Members Club Founded 1947)
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