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Southern League Division One South: Bashley Football Club lose to Bideford AFC

Southern League Division One South

Bashley FC 1

Bideford AFC 3

A NEW-look Bashley side suffered another surprise setback against a Bideford side, who was able to control play for much of the game.

Recently appointed manager Ollie Cherrett’s team remodelling has meant a revolving door of players arriving and departing, and it has yet to produce a settled combination.

Since the previous game, Bash had seen the departure of Sam Davidson to Shaftsbury, Ash Pope to Stoneham, Kaya Tshaka returning to Eastleigh after his loan spell – and the arrival on loan of another Eastleigh youngster, striker Malachi Dotse.

Bashley's Harry Bunce scored a late solo goal (Picture: Les Chase)
Bashley's Harry Bunce scored a late solo goal (Picture: Les Chase)

The GlenMex pitch, soft underfoot for several weeks, did not react well to overnight frost and quickly became lumpy, leading to misplaced passes from both teams.

Bashley had slightly the better of the early exchanges, but without really threatening a goal. Dotse soon had a chance to impress but failed to keep his balance and skewed it wide. Then, the young striker lost out to keeper Adam Seedhouse-Evans in a race for a through ball.

Just before the half-hour, Bideford started to pose more of a threat, and they scored twice in four minutes to leave Bash – and their fans – demoralised.

Facing a powerful setting sun, the Bash defence lost track of Alex Byrne’s corner, and Aaron Taylor, unmarked at the far post, smashed it past Ross Casey before Matt Buchan fired home from the right edge of the box.

The North Devon side came out of the blocks quickly in the second half, but after several chances, Bashley got going, with Dotse dribbling in from the left and forcing Seedhouse-Evans into his first serious save of the game.

Bideford seemed content to manage out the game, but a sizzling 88th-minute drive through a crowd of players by Archie Reay made it 3-0 before Bash lost skipper Brad Morris to a serious-looking knee injury.

That left them to play the last few minutes with only 10 men, having used all their substitutes. However, one of those men off the bench, Harry Bunce, restored just a smattering of pride with a solo goal right at the end of added time.

Bashley returns to league action against Cribbs on Saturday at 3pm.

Bashley: R. Casey, C. Baughan, C. Stanley, D. Thompson, B. Jefford, S. Wright, M. Dotse, B. Morris, M. Wilcock, C. Whiteley, L. Delaney. Subs: H. Bunce, H. McGrath, B. Williams, J. Webber, L. Ross.

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