Bashley miss host of chances in Blackfield friendly
Blackfield & Langley FC 1
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BASHLEY'S perfect pre-season record evaporated after a glut of missed chances allowed a spirited Blackfield & Langley to escape Gang Warily with a draw.
Blackfield inflicted Bashley's heaviest defeat in last season's Wessex Premier, clinching a 4-1 win at the GlenMex. However, the return fixture kickstarted Bashley's storming 19-game unbeaten run, culminating in promotion.
Bashley made an uncharacteristically slow start and were soon under pressure, with keeper Ross Casey, who had enjoyed an near spectator role in pre-season, was quickly in action.
Blackfield had already threatened Casey's goal twice before the breakthrough came on 11 minutes. Bashley's usually rock-solid back four was caught napping by a ball over the top, and Edmondson took advantage to steer past Casey.
The goal nudged Bash into action, and Harry Bunce almost set up an equaliser. Instead, his typical jinking run ended with a dangerous cross which nobody could convert.
Bashley regained their composure, but they were still trailing at half-time on a humid afternoon and a dry pitch.
Half-time changes freshened the Bashley attack, and immediately the ever-dangerous Rafa Ramos went within inches of an equaliser with a fizzing shot which drifted narrowly wide.
Harry McGrath also joined the action, and Blackfield found him difficult to handle. Before long, he forced a terrific save from the home keeper before the summer signing put Bashley on level terms.
Blackfield almost had an instant answer, and Sammy Thompson, who had taken over from Casey in the Bashley goal, made a desperate save with his leg.
That prompted a response from the visitors, and Ramos went close to scoring the winner with two excellent efforts. First, he made a barnstorming run down the left but dragged his shot wide of the far post; then he skied his first-time shot after good work by Liam Farrugia.
Bashley dominated the second half, but the closest they came to a winner was an acrobatic overhead effort by Adam Grange, which had the keeper sprawling into a last-ditch save.