Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Bashley v Brockenhurst 05/03/19

Bashley 1 Brockenhurst 0

TYPICAL Derby contest this evening on a slippery pitch that held up remarkably well considering the amount of rain there had been before and during the game for that matter.

With the Badgers attacking the Clubhouse End, the opening shot across the bows was from Sam White whose rasping shot inside ten minute wasn’t far off target. Mo Nyang then beat the offside trap but his cross was just too far ahead of his strike partners. At the other end a scramble in the goalmouth Bashley had a chance to go ahead but somehow the ball was kept out after the ball had rattled the crossbar. Both Dan O’Sullivan and Dan Munday had half chances in a spell when Bashley looked to be getting on top.

With Badgers’ Cassius Newton getting a red card for a careless challenge I the middle of the park- would this affect the outcome? White again proved to be a handful for the home defence and a 35 yard shot was tipped away by Cameron Plain on his Bashley debut- only to see the ball fall nicely for Matt Sheedy but he was unable to capitalise on the opportunity. Neither side really threatened in the remainder of the half, with just one effort at either end to speak of, an O’Sullivan strike hit the upright and Greg King also saw a long range shot tipped over by Plain. HT 0-0

The surface continued to prove difficult to master, although both sides made the best of it, and to be honest it was a good keenly contested affair. There was plenty of end to end play without too many golden chances to grab a goal, it was generally the last ball that failed to deliver.

Both sides made changes to personnel to try and break the deadlock and it was Bashley’s second that got the all-important goal in the last minute of normal time. The ball came in from the right flank and Jesse GOULD with his first touch in his first game back for some time saw his strike go over the line after hitting the crossbar from close range. In a way the hosts just about deserved the win although Brockenhurst will justifiably be disappointed to drop the points having played well for the most part, especially considering they were one short. FT 1-0 (Mike Robins)


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