By Bashley Football Club | Sheridan Sparkes | Sunday 19th April 2015


With nothing to play for at the Southern League basement but pride, Bashley
entertained Fleet Town looking to end their home run without a win, with visitors
Fleet looking to end a drought of their own away from home.

The game got off to a frantic start, with Aaron Dunne cooly slotting home Clive
Makoni’s pull back inside 60 seconds to give Bashley the lead. The lead didn’t
last long however, as a break down the right-hand side allowed Fleet’s White to
pull the game level, tapping home into an empty net following a squared pass.

With 18 minutes on the clock, Fleet were awarded a free kick on the edge of the
area for a reason unbeknownst to everybody, allowing player/manager Craig
Davis the chance to rifle the ball in the bottom corner.

The match took its first turning point minutes later, as Bashley defender James
Keith received his marching orders for bringing down the onrushing Fleet forward.
Callum Maher in the Bashley goal easily saved the poor spot kick however.

Jack French fired home with minutes left of the first half, before Bashley found
themselves reduced to nine men, Ronan Moore seeing red for throwing the ball
into the face of an opponent.

The second half was played at a much slower pace, with both sides creating
chances, but the nine-men of Bashley were unable to claw their way back into

Bashley captain Brad Morris saw red for the same reason as Keith in the first
half, but for the second time, Maher was equal to the penalty, keeping it out with
a comfortable save low to his left. Rob Carr added gloss to the score line late on
in a game that was ruined by a disappointing refereeing performance.

“Unfortunately today’s result was determined by the referees decisions rather
than by player performances. With three players lost to red cards, two early in
the game clearly affected the result,” Graham Speechley-Price commented.

“What surprised me was how easily we contained them, even creating chances
which if converted would have made it interesting. The best compliment that I
can pay our players is that with eleven on the pitch my belief is that we would
have won but clearly we will never know,” Speechley-Price added after his
charges final home league encounter.

“The strange thing is I can’t remember a dirty tackle in the whole game, yet we
picked up more cards today than at any point this season which was a shame,”
concluded Speechley-Price.

Meanwhile Bashley reserves went a step closer to clinching the Wyvern
Combination League with a resounding win at East Cowes Vics by 6 goals to 3.

Next Saturday is the final match of the season with Bashley travelling to Yate
Town with a 3:00pm kick-off before the summer break.

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

Unused sub(s): Khider, Cullingford, Brading

Att: 119
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