25th February 2018 - Mike Cranidge (Bashley FC)

Photo by: Sheridan Sparkes

An almost full strength Bashley dominated the first half of this mid-table clash and, with more composure, could have easily doubled their halftime lead of two clear goals.  

Kicking off in bright sunlight and facing an icy easterly wind, Bashley went close as early as the fourth minute when Dan Thomson spoilt an encouraging move by over-kicking the final pass and then, minutes later, a cross from Conor Whitely, following a Harry McGrath assist, narrowly failed to connect with the boot of the pacey Dan Munday.   

A rare attack by the Creeksiders saw an Ethan Jones free-kick scrape past the post.  Minutes later Bashley were ahead when Munday, taking advantage of a through ball down the middle, out-paced the home defence and deposited a low hard drive deep into the corner of the net. 

Nine minutes later it was two-nil. Brad Strickland, on the edge of the area, was picked out by Conor Whitley with a well-orchestrated low, hard, corner. Strickland met it and crashed home a dream of a volley over the head Luke Douglas- much to the keeper’s surprise. Douglas was called into action again moments later when stopping a Whiteley effort with his foot.  

Fareham failed to take advantage of the few chances they had: a Craig Hardy header was saved by Mike Edgar, whilst a free-kick taken by defender Jay Eames only troubled a passing albatross.  Just before halftime It took a finger-tip save by Douglas to deny Bashley a third when a whipped, dipping, shot from Whiteley looked determined to find the net.   

An injured Lewis Aimson failed to start after the break to be replaced by Sam Jackson. The second half was a more even contest, but it was still the visitors that looked most likely to score with Munday, Harrison White and Lewis Ross all having chances. Kabba Jack came on for Whiteley and Sean Wright replaced White who was nursing a head wound. 

As time ran out, Fareham applied pressure without much success until time added on when, from a corner, Curt Robbins scored from close range - denying Edgar a clean sheet and giving last minute jitters to an enthusiastic Bash following. 

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