9th April 2018 - Mike Cranidge (Bashley FC)

Bashley, weakened by injury and suspensions, started with just one outfield substitute and with 17-year-old student, Charlie Ferguson, in the starting line-up.

The situation was magnified when bench sitter, Lewis Aimson’s younger brother Ross, was required to make his first team debut after just 13 minutes of play!  

This was the result of an incident in the lead-up to the only goal in the game. Portchester’s Robert Evans got the better of George Pooley who was injured by his attempt to stop the flying winger - leaving Evans free to score in the far corner.

Two minutes later Pooley went down again, and this time his game was finished.  Young Aimson almost went straight into the record book: his first ball-contact at senior level was to meet a well struck Dan Thompson cross to the far-post with a header that could well have levelled the score.

Action between Bashley FC & AFC Portchester - Photo by: Sheridan Sparkes

However, it was not a day for fairy tales and his effort went wide.  The game was open but neither side looked like adding to the score. The best chance falling to Bashley when a crisp build-up between Harry McGrath and Lewis Ross climaxed with an a-star through ball that the on-rushing Harrison White just failed to control.

The second half was no better with a string of missed chances: the effervescent Ross again went close and a defence splitting forward surge by Dan Munday was nullified when the ball bobbled just as he activated his leg to shoot. 

Sean Wright came up from defence to join the affray only to put his long-range effort the wrong side of the post. Then game then became one of mishaps and disappointments.   

Bash keeper, Mike Edgar, was yellow carded for adventurous defending; Portchester’s Dan Wooden talked himself to a red and then to even things up, Captain Courageous Brad Morris came off with a re-occurrence of his hamstring injury with the Bash bench bare of outfielder subs.  

The final minutes featured the never-say-die Dan Munday in his one-man mission to snatch an equaliser only for his efforts to be handicapped by a faulty range-finder.

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