With conditions mimicking those of a minor hurricane, Bashley and Bournemouth Manor rewarded those hardy spectators willing to brave the elements with a hard-fought game of attractive cup football.

Ultimately the Wessex Premier team’s superiority on the night reflected their higher position in the league structure.

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Bashley kicked off with the swirling wind and driving rain in their faces and the it took a good twenty minutes before both either side adjusted to the conditions. 

The home side then took the lead when Harrison White’s hopeful drive from 35 yards was helped into the net by a convenient deflection that left goalkeeper Aaron Parsons stranded.  

Ten minutes later Bashley added a second goal when Kabba Jack met White’s inch-perfect cross with a goal-poacher’s classic header from close range. 

Manor, who had been defending well, were not helped when they lost the services of the experienced ex-Bash and current New Milton manager, Shane Sheridan, forced by injury to leave the field. 

Bashley made changes at half time with Tyrrell Sampson and Harry Cooper entering the deluge and within two minutes Sampson made it three by being in the right spot to give the final touch to a fine in-swinging corner launched by Conor Whiteley.  

Now riding the storm, Bashley took full advantage of the climatic conditions especially Lewis Aimson whose wind assisted punt from halfway line to net will be remembered for some time. 

This was closely followed by Whiteley adding his name to the scoresheet by judging the gale-force perfectly and netting direct from a corner. The sixth and final goal was another classic with Dan Thompson’s perfectly weighted cross being met on the run and hammered home by the fast advancing Rae’mur Henry.  

Despite the score line Manor were always in the game and never let the weather or the occasion affect their play. They fully deserved the applause given as they left the field of play.

13th September 2017 - Alex Barnes; Sheridan Sparkes, Mike Cranidge