Match Report: AFC Totton v Bashley
STAGS SMASH THE BASH
AFC Totton 4 Bashley 0
By Sean McGlead at The Testwood Stadium
After scoring nine goals in their last two home games, you could be forgiven for expecting a bit of a goal fest in today’s New Forest derby against our lowly rivals Bashley.
To be fair to the Bash they came into this game having earned two creditable draws against Wimborne and Sholing, So, the game might not have been as easy as some fans may have been thinking.
Steve Riley kept the same starting eleven that did brilliantly to beat Didcot 5-3 in midweek. The only changes were on the bench where Nathan Hurst and Taylor Edwards came in for Jamie Bullpitt and Kyle O’Brien, O’Brien has had to return to the United States, but Steve Riley is hopeful that his American midfielder will be able to return at some point this season.
The game started with Bashley looking fired up, there was lots of committed tackles going in early on and the Bash were looking to get forward at every opportunity with Nuno Pereira on their right catching the eye, as well as their midfielder Ashley Booker.
The first real effort on goal came for Bashley after 6 minutes when they were awarded a free kick out on the left. It was floated into the box where big centre half Adam Pearson rose to head wide.
Totton hadn’t really got going, but Mike Gosney tried to get the Stags moving when he came inside from the left and headed towards the edge of the penalty box, he looked up and tried a shot that went two feet wide of the left hand post.
Bashley then had a great opportunity to take the lead after nine minutes when Jake Hoey was released on the right, as the Bash No 10 strode towards goal he tried to put a shot wide of Steve Mowthorpe, but the Stags keeper did well to stand his ground and Hoey watched his effort go just wide of the left hand post.
Mike Gosney was still trying to get Totton going and he put over a lovely chipped cross from the left towards the far post, Craig Feeney did his best to connect to the cross, but he couldn’t quite manage it and the ball went harmlessly out for a goal kick.
Bashleys Clive Makoni then found himself in on goal inside the box, Steve Mowthorpe came out bravely and blocked Makoni’s effort. Makoni was adjudged to have fouled Mowthorpe and was spoken to by the referee as a result.
Again Mike Gosney was trying to pull some strings for Totton, but the silky left winger tried a shot from distance that went well over the Bashley crossbar.
The pitch was bobbly and it was hard for either side to play good football on it, but Bashley had done really well and up until this point they had looked the most dangerous side.
Bashley again went on the attack and after a left wing corner came into the Totton box, the Stags didn’t deal with it properly and the ball bobbled around for a little while with Bashley having a couple of half efforts blocked, the ball finally came out to the right hand side of the area for Lewis Aimson, who shot low towards the bottom right hand corner, Steve Mowthorpe did really well and got down the tip Aimson’s effort wide for a corner.
Just before the break Totton almost stole the lead when Mike Gosney broke down the left and put over a cross, Craig Feeney went up for it, but the ball flicked off a defenders head to Zac Mouland at the back post, Mouland tried to get a shot on goal but it was blocked and went out for a corner.
Half Time……..AFC Totton 0 Bashley 0
Bashley were quick out of the blocks in the 2nd half and Adam Pereira fired in a shot from the left hand side of the box that Steve Mowthorpe did well to save.
There needed to be a big improvement in the 2nd half from the Stags if they were to take the spoils in this derby clash and Billy Lowes finally got the Stags moving. LOWES picked up the ball just inside the Bashley half on the right, the Stags No 8 then produced a determined run towards the edge of the box before he hit a low shot from 20 yards that went in off of the base of the right hand post.
The goal had undoubtedly put a major spring in the step of the Stags and Totton were now having the lion’s share of the play and on 61 minutes they doubled their lead. Jamie Blackburn won the ball for the Stags down the left, he played the ball up to Gosney, Gosney then played a ball across field to Zac Mouland on the right wing, Mouland then played the ball back towards the edge of the box where Nathaniel SHERBORNE was lurking, Sherborne looked up and bent a left footed shot into the top left hand corner of the net.
Totton almost added a 3rd goal, when a ball towards the left of the box was nodded back into the centre of the area by Zac Mouland, the ball landed in front of Craig Feeney with his back to goal around 8 yards out, Feeney then produced an overhead kick that came back off of the crossbar, Bashley managed to clear the danger.
Shortly after the Feeney effort Liam Gilbert tried a shot from 35 yards that went a few feet over the bar.
With just over a quarter of an hour left Zac MOULAND found himself with the ball on the left and he fired a shot past James Lambourne the Bashley keeper to make it 3-0, ending any hopes Bashley had of getting something from the game.
Manager Steve Riley had made a few substitutions with Hurst, Maxwell and Edwards coming on for Blackburn, Mouland and Feeney. It was one of those substitutes Taylor Edwards who had the next chance for the Stags. Edwards broke into the area and had a shot that James Lambourne saved for Bashley.
Another one of those substitutes Joe Maxwell then had the ball in the Bashley net when he put in a loose ball from close range after Lambourne had saved a long range effort from Billy Lowes, Maxwell was adjudged to have been in an offside position.
Joe Maxwell was not to be denied though, after 84 minutes the Ex Eastleigh man found himself with the ball at his feet on the right of the area, MAXWELL looked up and fired a low shot past Lambourne and into the net to make it 4-0.
Totton almost added a 5th goal when Mike Gosney had a free kick for Totton around 30 yards out, central to goal. In typical Gosney fashion he simply lifted his free kick over the wall only to see his effort come crashing back off of the crossbar, Stuart Mott did his best to put in the rebound, but he could only head his effort over the bar.
Full Time……AFC Totton 4 Bashley 0
THE AFC Totton line up was…
2-Hibberd Yellow Card
3-Blackburn (14-Hurst 76 mins)
6-Gilbert Yellow Card
7-Mouland (15-Maxwell 80 mins)
9-Feeney (16-Edwards 78 mins)
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