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Saturday 25 August 2007
British Gas Business Southern League Premier
(match 3)
at Bashley Road, Bashley.
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Bashley deer



Gloucester City

New Tigers Badge: no-one knows why...

HT (0-0)

© P.Gazzard


N.Mustoe © Man of the Match
S.Griffin (for 9, 25)
(for 11, 73) G.Keeping
L.Tomkins (for 6, 81)
(for 9, 70) J.Tarr
M.Richards (for 11, 74)
Bashley: P.Castle (foul tackle 55)
City: C.Thompson (persistent fouling 34)
Dismissals: Bashley: P.Gazzard ('pro' foul last man denying goalscoring chance 80)

T-Ender City MotM: Neil Mustoe - managed to utterly stifle Bashley creatively and used ball well, in open play.

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A gritty competent defensive display did much to restore confidence after a heavy midweek defeat, but whilst City worked hard for a point against newly promoted Bashley this was a game of few chances with both defences winning out against either side's more creative instincts. Gloucester's reshuffled defence performed well against a highly rated attacking team, but for all of that there will be a disappointment that we failed to create many genuine chances against the home side - even in the last ten minutes when Bashley were reduced to ten men after their skipper felled Whittington. The New Forest might have been a wonderful day out on a rare English summer's day, but the game didn't quite catch the mood.

Bashley exerted early pressure with Sawyer gewtting several chances to show his agility, tipping a swerving free kick over the bar and doing even better to gather in a low drive from Justin Keeler as his shot whistled through a crowded penalty box.

City went closest when Webb seemed to have opened the scoring, but having rounded the keeper and slid the ball towards the net he was thwarted by a fine bit of defensive anticipation by Peter castle who had ran back to provide cover and cleared off the line.

City survive big penalty appeal when Chris Thompson (Allard?) appeared to have put out an arm to block a low cross from Dave Wakefield on the Bashley right, but the ref waved away the home side's indignant cries.

Second half City's turn to be denied a free kick by the referee when the otherwise solid Matt Parnell seemed to have allowed Whitts to turn him and get goalside. The tackle on the edge of the area came through the back of the striker and didn't seem to win the ball, but the ref waved away the City player's demands for a probable red card.

Little room for doubt with ten minutes left when Bashley were reduced to ten men. Griffin was able to take advantage of a mis-kick by Chris Ferrett, and his flick was picked up by the quicksilver run of Michael Whittington. The City striker looked goalbound but he was uncermoniously tripped by Bashley skipper Peter Gazzard just before he entered the penalty area. It was the most cynical of fouls and the player could muster little complaint as the ref brandished her red card at him.

Frustrating waste of the free kick and

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T-Ender Match Snaps
City at Bashley Syko on the attack
Bashley's Chris Knowles stretches in midfield Syko edges himself space to cross on the City left.
City nod past the Bash defence
City corner at Bashley
Whitts latches on to a second half knock down. City go close as the Bash keeper misses a late corner.

Team Selection:

After Tuesday's dreadful second half collapse and 4-1 defeat at Supermarine Tim Harris felt the need to weald the knife and with a good squad to work with the message is clear: no-one can take it easy or let their standards drop. Jamie Reid and Lyndon Tomkins were those perhaps a little unlucky to be picked out from such a generally poor team display, their places taken with first appearances of the season for Alex Allard and Chris Thompson. With Marc Richards struggling with a slight strain the midfield reshuffled with Sykes restored to the left and Webb on the right flank, creating space for Michael Whittington to make his first start as a full City player up front. It was a more attacking formation, seemingly with a little more width and pace up front.

TBBM Said:

City fans chatting in bar: Did you see the wild ponies outside the village?
Passing Bashley fan: That's our reserve side...

Tactics Board:
On the positive side Tim Harris must have been delighted at how well his defence did, featuring two changes and with both Allard and Thommo doing well enough to put real pressure on the other players competing for back four spots. There were also pleasing signs of Whitts gaining some sharpness and his pace picked up several free kicks and left Bashley reduced to ten men as his run forced a desperate foul. The main worry will be a lack of real attacking zest in the final third. Syko is carrying a knock and it showed today, while Webb kept drifting infield and we rarely threatened to stretch Bashley on the flanks. Against a big physical defence we struggled to get the ball on the ground and pull them out of position, but should have the personnel to do that with ease.
Anorak Corner:

With a bright attack and all too often a porous defence we can perhaps take some twisted pride in a nil-nil draw away from home. Last season's goalless draw at home to Cirencester was our only league game of the campaign in which neither side hit the net.

T-Ender Verdict
At the end of the season this might well look like a very good point. It may not have been a great football match but the team did manage to regain their work ethic and fighting spirit after the midweek capitulation at Supermarine. When you look at Bashley's home goalscoring record the fact we managed to keep a clean sheet and limit them to so few opportunities can be a source of some pride. This was a solid hard working defensive display from the while side. The slight nagging concern for Tim Harris will be that by the same token we lacked a certain degree of thrust and imagination to carve out chances for ourselves. Without Tuesday night's disappointment we'd have taken a draw here, and this has to be seen as a point gained
Highlights Elsewhere:

The SLP's only 100% record bit the dust today as Brackley could only manage a 1-1 draw with fellow newly promoted Midland Division club Bromsgrove Rovers. Team Bath continue to show some ominous signs of the early season form that usually eludes the students, running up a thumping 4-0 home win over Hitchin with youngster Josh Llewellyn getting the two opening goals. They top the early season table with Hemel also living up to pre-season expectations in second spot thanks to a 3-1 home win over Rugby, former Bedford and Hitchin captain Josh Sozzo wrapping up the scoring.

Of the fancied pre-season teams Halesowen have been a little off the pace, but they picked up a 3-2 home win against Cirencester, but big-spending Corby's new side continues to struggle to gel and are still yet to win with two early goals enough to give Mangotsfield a fine 2-1 away win at the Rockingham Triangle. Bedford are also finding life back down in the SLP hard to adapt to, slumping comprehensively to a second defeat with a 3-0 reverse at Tiverton who ran in all their goals in the second half.

Other Match Reports:

Tiger Roar Neil Phelps interview with Tim Harris
Tiger Images Neil Phelps pics from Bashley

Further Reading:

BGB Southern League Premier Results & Website
BGB Southern League Table

Referee: A.Chapman (Reading) City League Pos: 10th (-2) City Form: DLW-WLL

Ref Watch:

5 - right on the red card but simply got too much else wrong Attendance: 280    
Conditions: clear with warm sunshine
Lorry Score:
Match Report:
by t-towel

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