Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Christchurch v Bashley 29/09/18

Christchurch 4 Bashley 1

Christchurch have waited 8 weeks for their second League win but it was all the sweeter that it was a convincing victory against neighbours, Bashley.

The first chance of the game produced the first goal. On 12 minutes Josh Kirkham was tripped just inside the penalty area and James KING dispatched the resulting penalty.

The rest of the first half produced few chances – for Bashley Lewis Aimson headed over from a free kick and just before the break Brad Strickland just cleared the junction of bar and post with another free kick. H.T. 1-0

The second half was much more open and Christchurch capitalised on some woeful defending to widen the deficit. Of the Bashley defence only Dan Thompson was anywhere up to par but he was let down by colleagues.

On 56 minutes Bashley keeper Jason Collins called for a back pass but he was beaten to the ball by Josh KIRKHAM who knocked the ball past the stranded keeper and had yards of space to score into an empty goal.

That was KIRKHAM’s first goal of the season but his second came less than 10 minutes later. This time it was a spectacular shot from outside the penalty area which bounced down off the underside of the bar and out (a la Geoff Hurst in 1966). The Assistant Referee could not be ideally placed but he made what appeared to be a correct decision in flagging for a goal.

Less than 10 minutes later Christchurch were in dreamland as they notched a fourth. This time a Bashley defender was caught in possession on the halfway line which left 3 Christchurch attackers faced with one defender. The ball was quickly shifted inside to Scott JOYCE who rattled in an unstoppable shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Bashley did score a consolation goal with 9 minutes remaining as Nathan CLEMENTS scored from close range.

So a Christchurch side that looked better organised, faster and more hungry were able to see off a Bashley challenge that only two weeks ago looked to be carrying a title challenge now set back by two League and a League Cup defeats in 8 days. (Roger Allen)

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