Bashley FC keep rolling with win over Portland United
Portland United FC 0
Bashley FC 3
A RAMPANT Bashley continue to make ground on the league leaders, dispatching Portland in the sunshine for an impressive eighth league win in a row.
Two goals from the fast-improving Jamie Webber and a successful penalty by spot-kick king Lewis Ross sent the resurgent Bash to equal third with games in hand.
Bashley quickly put down a marker when tricky interplay between Webber and Ben Atiako-Hall led to Adam Grange testing former Bash keeper Mike Edgar in the home goal.
Midway through the first half, Ollie Bradley held back on an expected cross and caused panic when he sprang from the sideline and weaved his way through static defence before finding Webber, whose emphatic shot gave Edgar little chance.
Bashley pulled away early in the second half when Webber bagged his second. This time, Adam Grange bullied his way down the wing, cut in and passed to Atiako-Hall, who touched it on and, as if from nowhere, Webber appeared and scored with a carbon copy of his first goal.
Bashley settled the match when Grange was brought down as he turned to shoot in the penalty area. There was no doubt who would take it: Ross stepped up to the penalty spot and converted with aplomb.
Portland appeared to accept the inevitable, giving the Bashley defence of Dan Thompson, Jack Smith, Brendan Willson, Sam Jackson, and keeper Ross Casey a well-deserved clean sheet.
Bashley: R. Casey, J. Smith, B. Willson, D. Thompson, S. Jackson, B. Morris, L. Ross, B. Atiako-Hall, J. Webber, O. Bradley, A. Grange. Subs: S. Thompson, M. Tubbs, B. Bennett, M. Rossi, L. Aimson.