Wessex Premier League | 30 September 2017 | The Blanchard Wells Stadium | Scorers: Mason(2), Todd, B. Scott
Goals in either half for winger Dale Mason helped his side to a comfortable 4-0 home win against Bashley FC on Saturday.
A headed goal from Andy Todd and Bobby Scott’s sixth goal in a week rounded off the scoring for the royals.
As has been a common theme in recent weeks, the Royals started very brightly from the off. The boys in orange came flying out the blocks and with just five minutes gone Mason opened the scoring in brilliant fashion.
The goal came off the back of Joe Noakes breaking away speedily down the left flank before cutting the ball back perfectly for an on-rushing Mason.
The wideman made no mistake with his finish; side footing the ball high into the top corner. 1-0.
After his hat-trick in the week it was clear that Bobby Scott was playing with a lot of confidence, this was evident when the striker attempted an ambitious 35-yard volley in the seventh minute. However, the attempt was high and wide.
In the eighth minute came Bashley’s first opening, pacey striker Kabba breaking through only to be met by an imposing Lewis Noice who saved well.
In the eleventh minute striker Andy Todd made it two. The big man who used his physical presence well throughout the game, converted Steve Ramsey’s corner as he found himself with a free header. 2-0.
Todd had a chance almost instantly to grab his second and put the game to bed before the fifteen-minute mark, but his snapshot flew over the bar.
What came next was a decent ten minute spell from the away side, winning a lot of free kicks in dangerous areas and missing a couple of good chances.
Both of the chances were for Bashley number 11 Lewis Aimson, firstly missing a very decent opportunity at the back post and then smashing a powerful header against the bar.
A theme of the game was the royals utilising the long throw of Noakes in attacking areas, in the 35th minute centre half Kirby was sent forward to attack a mammoth throw but headed wide.
Another chance fell Bashley’s way in the 39th minute when a dangerous corner led to a bit of a scramble in the Portchester box, however nobody in blue was able to capitalise.
The move of the game came in the 42nd minute with a number of different royals players getting touches of the ball in a flowing move that resulted in a missed chance by Noakes on the left flank.
Half Time: AFC Portchester 2-0 Bashley FC
Much like the first, Ian Saunders men started the second half like they meant to go on. Just a few minutes after the restart of play, Bobby Scott did what comes naturally to him and found the back of the net.
The goal was a replica of many of the number 9’s goals this season, as he broke through on goal and finished clinically into the corner. 3-0.
Following the third goal the threat of Bashley seemed to decrease considerably, and this was partly down to very assured and calculated defending from both Kirby and Warren at the back.
In the 63rd minute Todd tried what can only be describe as an ibrahimovic-esc volley as he leant back and attempted the spectacular. However his boot connected with the defenders head and not the ball.
However Todd was involved again in the 72nd minute when he got up high to flick the ball through to the pacey Mason, and the number 7 added his second game with a fierce strike across the goalkeeper. 4-0.
Subsequently the remainder of the game was managed well by the home side as they successfully won their second league game in a week.
Full Time: AFC Portchester 4-0 Bashley FC
Royals manager Ian Saunders spoke after the victory;
“ I often get amongst Dale (Mason) about his final product can he get a shot away or a cross, he has had a real good couple of weeks an that was topped off today by two good goals”
“We had to take him off towards the end with what looked like a hamstring injury, but we are hopeful he will be fit for next week”
“I was a defender myself so I am very happy to keep another clean sheet. I thought in the first half they (Bashley) caused quite a few problems”
“Their pacey number nine looked to get in behind, but I thought both our centre halves, despite their real lack of pace dealt with the threat very well”
“I thought after his goal, “Sweeney” (Todd) really came into the game and offered something a bit different. We are lucky to have some strong options upfront, and he proved that today”
Striker Andy Todd was happy to score on his first start of the season 💬 pic.twitter.com/W1gjBDQQeJ— AFC Portchester (@AFCPortchester) September 30, 2017
Striker Andy Todd was happy to score on his first start of the season
Royals: L. Noice, R. Evans, O. Searle, S. Ramsey, J. Warren, N. Kirby, D. Mason, J. Bye ©, B. Scott, A. Todd, J. Noakes.
Subs: L. Edwards, D. Hayes, H. Birmingham, H. Gregory.
Bashley: M. Edgar, D. Thompson, S. Jackson, B. Norris ©, C. Lucas, T. Rolls, H. Mcgrath, H. White, K. Jack, L. Ross, L. Aimson .
Subs: H. Raemur, G. Pooley, S. Walters, B. Bolton.
Report by Hugo Butler