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Bashley hit US Portsmouth for five

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Wessex Football League Premier

US Portsmouth FC 0
Bashley FC 5

BASHLEY'S impressive league form continued with a convincing result against United Services Portsmouth at Victory Park which took them to second place in the table.

One of three injured defenders attempting a comeback, Jack Smith failed to make it past the warm-up and was replaced by Bue Bennett, but this last-minute change appeared to have little effect as Bashley scored within five minutes.

Ollie Bradley – a permanent thorn in the side of the Servicemen – started his torment when brought down in the penalty area after a solo onslaught on goal. A penalty which Lewis Ross converted with aplomb.

Bashley's Brendan Willson scored his first goal for the club against US Portsmouth (Photo: Les Chase) (50945689)
Bashley's Brendan Willson scored his first goal for the club against US Portsmouth (Photo: Les Chase) (50945689)

Bradley was unstoppable for the next 10 minutes, but his goalmouth supply disappointingly did not bear fruit. USP crept back into the game, and it took a timely leap by keeper Sammy Thompson to quell the resurgence.

The visitors' second goal resulted from a well-timed defence-splitting pass by Harrison White to the advancing Ryan Hamm, whose shot nearly took out the home keeper and the net.

Hamm started the second half by intercepting a pass and driving towards the goal. However, his shot was half-cleared into the path of the advancing Harrison, who fired low and hard into the net from the edge of the box.

Tommy-Lee Higgs replaced Bennett and soon fashioned a chance after exchanging passes with Harry Bunce. However, his blocked attempt fell to the goal-hungry Hamm to pounce and double his tally.

Defender Brendan Willson scored the game's final goal when ecstatically hammering home from a corner for his first Bashley goal.

Bashley went into cruise control, but to their credit, the home side kept striving for a goal but found Thompson determinedly holding on to his clean sheet.

However, the best chance fell to Bashley when Callum Hockton and George Ashby came off the bench, and a cracking volley from the latter sailed just over the bar.

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