MATCH REPORT: Bashley vs cowes sports
7th March 2018 - Mike Cranidge (Bashley FC)
Bashley FC's new under 14 girls side were mascots for the first team - Photo by: Les Chase
Whether it was the shock of having a game called on, or the honour of being escorted onto the pitch by the Bashley Under 14 Girls side, the gold and blacks played like a team in a daze for most of the first half.
Cowes Sports could not believe their luck when in the 5th minute they were offered a trailing leg in the penalty area to fall over that resulted in John McKie scoring from the spot.
Bashley appeared unable to get out of bottom gear and struggled to find their rhythm, whilst Cowes looked the more dangerous with McKie and Conor Furmidge prominent up front.
Conor Whiteley went close with a trademark power shot that was impressively saved by visiting keeper Ed Hatt but apart from a couple of corners, Bashley were moribund. To make matters worse, lax defending rewarded Callum Watkins a free header in front of goal that put the Yachtsmen two up.
The wind was now in their sails and it took an impressive save by Mike Edgar and an open goal miss to keep the deficit down to two. Then within three minutes of the half-end the game changed. Lewis Ross broke through the Cowes defence and his well-directed shot crept in at the far corner much to the surprise of all.
Two minutes later a corner was headed back across the goal by Sam Jackson and forced into the net by the alert Dan Munday. From the kick-off a clash of knees in front of the dugout, that could be heard all around the ground, resulted in a disputed red card for the unlucky Jackson.
It was a different Bashley in the second half, although reduced to ten men their mojo had been restored. Dan Munday was on fire and his chasing and running was causing havoc in the Cowes defence whilst the powerful Whiteley was back to his arrogant best. The twoteamed up for what was to be the winning goal with Munday the provider.
His defence splitting assist found Whiteley on the flank who bullishly brushed clear any opposition. He then thrust towards goal and as keeper Hatt moved out, calmly stroked the ball passed his desperate block and into the far corner of the net.
The rest of the game saw Bashley bring on all three subs and manage the game but not without the occasional scare as Cowes, taking advantage of the extra man, pushed forward but found Edgar, fortified by a sound defence, in no mood to let victory slip.
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