Match Preview: Bashley FC vs Tavistock AFC

Tavi head to Hampshire to face Bashley in last away game of the season!!

By Luca Sperti

The Lambs will be looking for their first victory in four games as they travel to the GlenMex Stadium this Saturday. The Red and Black outfit were last in action on the 16th of April, when they lost 3-2 to promotion chasing Mousehole at Trungle Parc. On a sunny but cold night in Cornwall, the game started off cagey with both sides not wanting to lose. However, in the 20th minute things started to become interesting, after Tavistock manager Stuart Henderson was sent off due to foul language towards an official. Despite a depleted squad and manager on the sidelines Tavi looked like they would be keeping a clean sheet moving into the break. However, this wasn’t the case, as in the fourth minute off added time Mousehole took the lead. Following a corner, the ball was played back to Hayden Turner on the left-wing, who did well to get past Charlie Elkington and send in a cross which was flicked into the path off Charlie Cummings by Mark Goldsworthy. Irishmen Cummings had the easiest off tapings at the far-post to put to Seagulls in the lead. In the 52nd minute Mousehole doubled their lead in the encounter thanks to former Lamb Mitch Beardmore, who calmly slotted the ball in the bottom left-corner from the right off the box. The goal was the tricky wingers fourth goal in Mousehole colours. Two minutes later Tavi pulled a goal back in the match thanks to a goal from talisman Liam Prynn. The striker on the turn, following a block shot, half-volleyed the ball in the top left-corner from just inside the box leaving Ollie Chenoweth in the Mousehole goal with no chance. In the 69th minute Tavi were awarded a penalty after Mousehole defender Josh Storey bundle over Prynn in the box. The former Torquay striker brushed himself off before smashing his penalty into the bottom corner to equalise. However, in the 1st minute off added time in the encounter it was 3-2 Mousehole. A long ball up from defence found its way to Turner who did well to get past Tavi defender Ben Cross and poke the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the box. Bashley were also in action last Tuesday where they lost 0-2 to play-off chasing Bishop’s Cleeve at the GlenMex Stadium. The all green wearing visitors took the lead in the encounter in the 11th minute through a wonderful freekick by Toby Holland. The former Swindon man was about 30 yards out but that didn’t stop the midfield finding the bottom corner for his 20th goal off the season. In the 50th minute Bishop’s Cleeve doubled their lead in the encounter after Archie Haskayne tapped home under Ross Casey from a freekick situation.

Bashley have won once drew once and lost three off their previous five fixtures in the League. The Bash last victory came against Bideford on the 13th April at The Sports Ground. The Hampshire based outfit took the lead in the encounter in Devon thanks to Lewis Ross who was the first to react to a Eddie Hodge shot which was parried by Adam Seedhouse Evans. The Robins equalised in the encounter thanks to Matthew Buchanan penalty following a push on Roay Archie. In the 52nd minute Bashley and Ross got their second after the attacker smashed a shot from just outside the box into the bottom-corner leaving Seedhouse Evans with no chance. In the 83rd minute the Black and Gold outfit wrapped up the victory after a Ross Casey freekick was headed on by Max Wilcock into the path of Jamie Johnston, who with players around him decides to go alone and smash the ball into the roof off the net. Bashley’s last defeat before losing to Bishop’s Cleeve also came at the GlenMex stadium to Malvern Town. The Black and Gold outfit took the lead in the encounter in the 10th minute through a powerful strike from Eddie Hodge. However only five minutes later the Hillsiders equalised thanks to a thunderous left-footed strike by Samson Hewitt which sailed into the net past a helpless Ross Casey. In the 42nd minute the Worcestershire side took the lead thanks to a looped fishing from talisman Jack Watts. Despite creating opportunities in the second half, Bashley could not break down the strong and resolute Malvern defence.

Bashley currently sit in 15th place in the table, joint one point behind the Lambs, who sit in 13th due to their superior goal difference. The Bash have played a total of 34 matches this season winning 11 drawing eight and losing 15 matches. Whereas Stuart Henderson’s side have won twelve, drew only five and lost 15. The Lambs have only drawn once away from home this season in their 17 matches away from Langsford Park this term, with the clubs one draw coming against Cribbs back in March. On the other hand, the Bash have the joint-second number of defeats at home this season in 10. Only bottom off the table Paulton Rovers, have lost more matches, in 11, at home this season. Tavistock have also scored 13 more goals this season than this Saturdays hosts, but the Lambs have also conceded nine more goals in the process this term. A victory for the Devonshire based outfit on Saturday could see them move up to 12th position if Bemerton Heath Harlequins fail to pick up three points against Mousehole. Whereas a victory for the Bash could see them leapfrog Tavi and move into 12th place if other results go their way.

The reverse fixture between these two sides came all the way back in December with the Bash coming away with all three points in a 2-3 victory at Langsford Park. The visitors on the day took the lead in the encounter in the 8th minute after a neat finish from Brett Williams before the midfielder added a second in the 57th minute making it 0-2. The Amber and Black Outfit were then awarded a penalty in the 66th minute which was converted by Conor Whiteley. Tavi did pull two goals back in the 85,88 minute thanks to a penalty from Alex Battle and a strike from captain Alex Battle, but the visitors held on for an important victory in front of a ground off 116 fans. In the 22/23 season, Tavistock picked up all three points at the GlenMex stadium thanks to a well worked goal which was finished off by Josh Grant in the 60th minute. However just like last season, Bashley picked up all three points at Tavi thanks to goals from Frankie Monk and Olly Balmer.

Bashley FC Key Players:

Ross Casey- The shot-stopper, who is known for his curly afro hair, started his career at AFC Totton, back in 2011/12 where he made three appearances in his first season. The diminutive goalkeeper who is a excellent shot-stopper and great with his feet, made his debut for Totton against Cove, in the Hampshire senior cup with Frome club-captain Jon Davies also playing for Totton on the day. The goalkeepers two other appearances in that season came in cup competitions with the Number One featuring against Poole Town and Gosport Borough in the Red Insure Cup. The following season saw the shot stopper play 12 times in all competitions for Totton including nine times in the League. Casey’s first appearance for The Stags in the League came against Stourbridge, after the keeper came off the bench following an injury to starting goalkeeper Gareth Barfoot. Eleven days later Casey made his first start in the league in a 2-3 lost at home to Banbury United. The following month saw the shot-stopper keep his first clean-sheet in the league, in a 2-0 win against Frome Town. Towards the end off the season the goalkeeper was sent out on loan to Winchester City, where he impressed in his short time at the club. The keeper eventually went on to sign for Winchester City where he spent multiple seasons as the club’s number 1, impressing with his quick reactions and acrobatic reflexes. In the 21/22 season, Casey was piling his trade at Lymington Town. Where he made 27 appearances in all competitions. Despite Lymington having a struggling season, the goalkeeper impressed making excellent save upon excellent save every game. At the end of the season, Casey won Players Player and Mangers Player of the season at Lymington for his excellent efforts whilst in goal. The following season saw Casey move to Bashley where he played a total of 47 times in his first season at the club including featuring in all 38 league games in the season, helping Bashley to a play-off hunt in the process. Last season, Casey became known to many fans of Southern League Clubs, due to the sheer amount off excellent saves he made during the season. This season has been no different as Casey has continued to shine. The goalkeeper has had another excellent season, which also includes making 100 appearances for Bashley in his two seasons at the club. The shot-stopper has pulled Bashley in to games this season as well as winning them points in many matches due to some excellent saves late on.

Jamie Johnston- The tricky winger came through the ranks at the academies at Bournemouth and Eastleigh before moving to America to juggle education with football. Following football in America, Johnston moved to Combined Counties side, Tadley Calleva where he scored 8 in 25 games in the 22/23 season. Whilst playing for Tadley Calleva, Johnston caught the attention of Wimborne Town, who signed the midfielder at the start of the 23/24 season. The 22-year-old made 10 appearances for Wimborne at the start off the season scoring once. The winger made his debut for the club back in August in a 2-5 win for Wimborne at Bishop’s Cleeve, where the attacker scored after coming off the bench in the 67th minute. The wingers only start for Wimborne came against Paulton Rovers in the FA Cup in a 0-0 draw at the New Cuthbury. After only six months at Wimborne and after finding chances hard to come by, Johnston decided to move to the Bash. Johnston made his debut for Bashley against Melksham in a 1-2 win for the visitors at the GlenMex. Johnston was deployed more as a centre-midfielder in that game but has gone on to move further forward once the season has progressed. The attacker is being used as a winger due to his excellent finishing in front off goal. Johnston has scored an impressive seven goals this season for the Bash including scoring all four in a 4-1 win against Paulton Rovers, which Tavi forward Liam Prynn is more than familiar with. The former Bournemouth academy player has also scored against the likes off Cribbs and Bemerton in his 19 appearances for the club this season. The winger will be one to look out for in this fixture due to his excellent finishing and dribbling with both feet.

Bashley FC Last five results:

Tuesday 16th April- Bashley FC 0-2 Bishop’s Cleeve

Saturday 13th April- Bideford AFC 1-3 Bashley FC

Thursday 11th April- Bashley FC 1-1 Westbury United

Tuesday 9th April- Bashley FC 1-2 Malvern Town

Saturday 6th April- Bashley FC 0-3 Cribbs FC

Tavistock AFC Last five results:

Tuesday 16th April- Mousehole AFC 3-2 Tavistock AFC

Saturday 13th April- Tavistock AFC 1-3 Evesham United

Saturday 6th April- Malvern Town 2-1 Tavistock AFC

Monday 1st April- Bideford AFC 2-3 Tavistock AFC

Wednesday 27th March- Tavistock AFC 3-3 Larkhall Athletic



Match Information:

Saturday 20th April – Kick-off 3:00pm

Ticket Information: From Bashley’s official club website

Ground: GlenMex Stadium, Bashley Road, Bashley, New Milton, BH25 5RY

Adults: £10

Concessions: £7

8-16- £3

Under 8’s- free