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Non-league: Composed Bashley take county cup honours at New Milton
NEW MILTON TOWN 1
Teppett (p) 79.
Satterley 30, Colson 67, Odam (p) 87.
Bash belied their recent woes to calmly expose a three league gap between the neighbours who came so close to becoming a single entity over the summer, comfortably securing their passage to the Hampshire Senior Cup third round.
The visitors were well worth their single goal lead handed to them by Jack Satterley on the half hour before Linnets threatened a revival following the introduction of pacy frontman Kabba Jack after the break.
Ex-Portsmouth midfielder George Colson’s close range finish seemingly put Bash in complete control midway through the second half before their former frontman Rob Teppett converted a penalty 11 minutes from time to give the hosts hope.
But when Bash skipper Josh Casey drew a foul at the other end, Jack Odam despatched the resultant spot kick to settle any lingering nerves for the Southern Premier outfit with three minutes to play.
Bash largely controlled the early exchanges but made little headway before Colson forced Linnets keeper Shane Murphy into a smart low save after 17 minutes.
They eventually made their pressure tell when former Verwood striker Satterley fired home from an acute angle with a shot that just wriggled through Murphy’s grasp.
The onslaught continued and Adam Flint’s mazy run down the left saw the wing back test Murphy once more with Milton grateful to hear the half-time whistle.
But the hosts came out for the second half with renewed vigour as Jack’s direct running rattled a few cages and afforded space to his team-mates in wide positions.
However, it was Bash who were a whisker away from a second when Odam’s header kissed the post from Flint’s free kick before Casey’s follow up was charged down.
And although Milton continued to carry a threat, Bashley’s decisive second duly arrived on 67 minutes when Odam and Roberts combined to find the onrushing Colson who drilled under Murphy from close range.
Linnets rallied and almost grabbed a lifeline when Oscar Tilley’s goal-bound effort was hacked off the line by Flint following a bout of penalty area pinball.
The persistent home side finally got their goal when Poole Town prospect Manny Ohameje was upended by Sam Boultwood in the penalty area with Teppett planting home the spot kick.
But before Milton could muster a full head of steam, Casey’s driving run was checked by a combination of Sam Groves and Matt O’Dell with Odam killing the contest from 12 yards.
Linnets: Murphy, Dear, Groves, Tilley, Davidson, O’Dell, Bayston, Ohameje, Teppett, Chivers (Jack, h-t), Carter. Unused subs: Head, Patrick, Bolger-Wood, Jackson.
Bash: Jones, Stephenson, Flint, Strickland, Middleton, Colson, Casey, Roberts, Satterley (Ward, 77), Odam, Boultwood. Unused subs: Morris, Brookes, Porter, Farren.
Elsewhere, Marvin Brooks and Richard Gillespie struck to earn Poole Town all three points at Truro City in the Southern Premier while Mark Gamble netted five as Wimborne Town trounced Guildford City 8-1 in Southern South & West.
Cherries' development squad won 3-0 at Blackfield & Langley in the Hampshire Senior Cup thanks to goals from Jordan Chiedozie, Charlie Losasso and Brandon Goodship.
Bournemouth Poppies were 1-0 down at Stockbridge in the same competition before their clash was abandoned on 11 minutes due to floodlight failure.
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