Wessex Premier: Bashley comfortable winners over Alresford Town
Bashley FC 3
Alresford Town FC 0
BASHLEY woke up from a sleepy first-half display to overcome a spirited Alresford and get back to winning ways with a three-goal victory.
The visitors controlled large spells of the first half, but a reinvigorated Bashley emerged after the break and raced away with goals from Oli Bradley and Lewises Ross and Aimson.
Bashley started with new signing Dylan Ive and the returning Adam Grange, playing in only his second home game after a sickening back injury shortened his home debut to 23 minutes.
The hosts took a while to adjust and immediately found themselves on the back foot. The Magpies went closest to scoring when a spectacular bicycle kick from Sutchasu Shepherd crashed against the post.
After the break, Paul Morris's men became the aggressors and took over.
Following a brilliant forward run, Harry Bunce won a penalty after a mistimed challenge from Magpies' number one Callum Smart. Bashley's penalty king Ross continued his imperious spot-kick form to take the lead.
With 16-year-old Marcelo Rossi entering the fray for his first-team debut, Bashley continued to press and went two up when an acute-angled Bradley shot, taken 12 metres out but no more than a metre from the goal-line, flashed across the goal and into the top corner.
Bashley then brought on another 16-year-old, Bue Bennett, to create a front two with a combined age of 32.
With 77 minutes played, experienced defender Aimson met a cross with his knee to secure all three points.
Bashley: S. Thompson, L. Farrugia, D. Thompson, J. Smith, L. Aimson, L. Ross, H. Bunce, B. Morris, A. Grange, D. Ive, O. Bradley. Subs: M. Rossi, B. Bennett, C. Hockton, H. Burton, J. Nace.