Bue Bennett hits hat-trick as Bashley hit Amesbury for six
Wessex League Premier
Amesbury Town FC 1
Bashley FC 6
SIXTEEN-year-old Bue Bennett recorded his first senior football hat-trick as Bashley hit The Blues at Bonnymead Park to move up to fourth in the table.
Bennett, playing in a central attacking role in the absence of Ryan Hamm, took just three minutes to present his goal-scoring credentials. Bennett intercepted a superb Ollie Bradley cross before hitting the back of the net to begin his haunting of Amesbury keeper Ernest Osei.
Following a rare attack from the home side which finished with a header over the bar, Jack Smith, operating as a wing forward in place of Harry Bunce, floated a tempting cross into the penalty area. However, after watching his forwards fail to take advantage, Smith entered the fray and finished the job himself.
After a lull, the pace picked up again with a series of through-balls generated from a midfield that included impressive new boy Rhys Taylor. No one was more eager to take advantage of this bounty than Bennett, who ran on to one such pass before rifling his shot past the rooted keeper.
The half ended with the unwanted sight of blood-spattered Bashley defender Brendan Willson being treated for a cut head and leaving the pitch.
Just after the restart, Bennett beat both the offside trap and close marking to complete his hat-trick with a class shot from the edge of the box.
Bashley were cruising, and it came as something of a surprise when Blues striker Josh Carey pulled a goal back.
Stung into action, Bashley roared back with Bennett twice going close while long-shot expert Harrison White surprised everybody, including himself, by missing a sitter.
Home keeper Osei had to leave the field with a damaged hand, and his replacement, Olly Marriott, barely had time to adjust his gloves when a lifted ball dropped over his shoulder, followed by Bradley, who helped it over the line.
White regained his sharp-shooting reputation in the 87th minute with a crisp shot following a free-flowing move to bring Bashley's final tally to six.
The injured Willson, sporting an impressive bandage, watched the second half.