Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Bashley v Fareham Town 22/09/18

Bashley 1 Fareham Town 2

Bashley’s unbeaten run since mid August came to a crashing halt at the hands of Fareham despite the territorial advantage that they enjoyed throughout the game.

Danny Munday and Harrison White both had early chances for Bashley whilst, at the other end, Nathan Paxton had a shot saved by Jason Collins in the home goal. An exchange of yellow cards on the quarter hour quietened a game that was beginning to get fractious.

The next chance fell to Ash Tattersall who had a shot blocked by Lewis Aimson which left the defender poleaxed. Bashley were playing well through midfield but the build up slowed as they reached the penalty area which allowed Fareham to regroup.

Between the 36th and 38th minutes there were two calamitous pieces of defending that was ultimately to cost Bashley the game. First a defender failed to make a routine clearance only to be dispossessed by Scott HAMILTON who scored the opening goal. Then two minutes later keeper Collins got himself in a tangle and HAMILTON again was left with a simple tap in.

H.T. 0-2

Just moments after the restart Bashley nearly pulled a goal back. Jack Smith’s cross from the right was deflected towards his own goal by a defender but the alert Derek Harding was able to dive backwards to stop the ball going into goal. Next Tony Rolls should have done better when he headed over as Smith picked him out with an inch perfect cross.

Finally Bashley got the breakthrough on 68 minutes as Sam Jackson passed inside to substitute Nathan CLEMENTS. The striker left his marking defender and goalkeeper sitting on their backsides as he slid home a neat finish.

It was nearly all Bashley now but with a quarter hour to go Hamilton was denied a hat trick by inches as his shot cannoned back into play off the inside of a post.

Fareham continued to soak up pressure until the end with defender Shawn Benjamin at the heart of everything as he repeatedly kicked and headed balls away – a performance that made him man of the match by a distance.

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