By Bashley Football Club | Tuesday 8th September 2015


Hopes were high for a result against Bishops Cleeve on Saturday with Ryan Hill
making a comeback after a long injury lay off, he was joined by Lee Phibbs.
There was a more positive display for the first half, but the second half was a
different story. Bishops came out fighting and hungry for the match points, albeit
a man down they ran out eventual 2-1 winners.

The match started at a good pace, several physical challenges flying in within
the first 30 minutes resulting in yellow cards for 4 of the visitors and 2 for
Bashley players. Bishops Dan Sherry received a yellow for a very late challenge
on 22 minutes followed by a red for reacting to the Bash players.

With Bishops down to 10 men the home side easily ruled the first half going in 1
nil up at half time. The goal came from Ryan Hill on 13 minutes, a cracking free
kick finding its way past the wall and several players in the box before
delightfully finding its way into the left corner of the goal.

Into the second half in what resembled a bowling alley with the ball bouncing off
one player to another, an unfortunate deflection on 51 minutes levelled things up
and changed the complexion of the match. Bash tried in vain to recover, unlucky
on several occasions with a couple of set pieces going within inches, and a
bounce off the woodwork too.

The final nail in the coffin came on the 80 minute with Bishops Shane Bumphrey
putting the match beyond doubt.

After the match Bashley manager Steve Riley said of the first half; “I thought our
first half performance and the way the team applied themselves to our game plan
was very positive. We were solid and compact in an effort to stop leaking goals
which has been an achilles heel in recent matches. Ryan Hill made a difference
on his return to the club as did Lee Phibbs.

“We limited Bishops Cleeve threat with being organised and our work ethic.
Going forward we played at a high tempo which caused our opponents to give
away numerous free kicks through frustration. We deserved to go in front and felt
comfortable going into half time 1 nil up from a trademark Ryan Hill free kick.”

Riley explains his disappointment of the second half; “The second half was a
frustrating 45 minutes, credit to Bishops Cleeve who took the game to us having
ended the first half with 10 men. They got a fortuitous equaliser which saw us
concede an own goal. We changed formation to try and get back into the game
and started to ask questions of their defence but we lacked quality in the final
Reflecting on the winning goal Riley added; “I was disappointed in the way we
conceded the winning goal, we switched off, some naive defending was our
ultimate downfall. I can't criticise the effort and desire of our players, they never
gave up in an effort to get the equaliser.

With the Bashley squad being re-built, additional players are coming into
consideration after a whirlwind first month for Riley and his late move into the
managers’ hot seat just before the season opener.

“On reflection the group of players we have need direction and leadership on the
pitch and experience that will help them to develop. I will try and resolve this
issue over the coming weeks to recruit experienced players who the young
players can learn from. We all learn from our mistakes, and we now move onto
the next game,” Riley concluded.

Meanwhile reserve team manager Damian Locke and his charges ended up on
the wrong end of an 8 nil drubbing away at Alton Town. This Saturday they travel
to Laverstock & Ford hoping to put that defeat behind them. Locke is also
rebuilding the reserve side after stepping into the managers’ seat on the eve of
the season, after last season’s success winning the league he knows it’s going
to be a tough act to follow.

Riley’s lads take on Wantage Town Saturday afternoon at Bashley Road intent
on avenging their early season defeat.

BASHLEY: 1. Patrick O’Flaherty 2. Ryan Hill (13') (16. Charlie Higgins 71’) 3.
Ronan Moore (12. Shaun Prentice 32’) 4. Brad Morris © 5. Lee Phibbs 6. Aaron
Dunne (51'og) 7. Sam Kirkwood (15. Connor Hoare 81’) 8. Connor Duffin 9.
Kieren Stephens 10. Scott Walters 11. Dammy Bada

UNUSED SUB(S): 14. Zac Hine 17. Greg King

BISHOPS CLEEVE: 1. Sam Gilder 2. Dan Sherry 3. Ryan Young (15. Aaron
Drake 25’) 4. Jack Oldham (14. Lewis Hitchman 87’) 5. Jordan Stoddart 6. Leroy
Odiero 7. Harlie Price 8. Kirk Layton © 9. Shane Bumphrey (80') 10. Jamie
Goodwin (12. Lawrence Gorry 78’) 11. Ed Major


HT: 1-0 FT: 1-2 Att: 102
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