Non-league: Cranidge claims 'no problem' at Bashley despite county cup withdrawal

Bournemouth Echo: WITHDRAWN: Bashley have pulled out of tonight's match at Gosport Borough. WITHDRAWN: Bashley have pulled out of tonight's match at Gosport Borough.

CHAIRMAN Mike Cranidge insisted Bashley would have “no problem” fulfilling their on-field obligations despite pulling out of the Hampshire Senior Cup due to a lack of players.

Bash chose to withdraw from the competition after informing county officials that they would have only nine fit and eligible players for their scheduled tie at Gosport Borough tonight.

The decision hands Borough, managed by former Wimborne boss Alex Pike, a walkover to the last eight with the New Forest outfit understood to be facing a standard sanction for their last-ditch exit.

It is the latest in a catalogue of catastrophes at Bash this season with budget cuts, confusion over joint-boss John Pyatt’s protracted appointment in October and the loss of several key players compounding their position at the foot of the Southern League Premier Division.

But despite this latest setback, Cranidge was keen to highlight the mitigating circumstances and reiterated his belief that there would be no repeat of this week’s problems.

Cranidge told the Daily Echo: “The matter was discussed between our football secretary and management team and we decided turning up with nine players would be unfair on paying spectators and that we should, reluctantly, give the game to Gosport.

“It is going to cost us money but I would rather that than take part in what would have been a farce which no one would want to watch.

“We always knew this tie would present a problem but injuries over the past couple of days have added to the chunk of players we had unavailable.

“There won’t be a problem (with future fixtures), we just had some unfortunate circumstances surrounding this particular match.”

Joint-manager Paul Gazzard revealed his 17-man squad had been decimated by having Scott Joyce, Dave Marden and Lewis Blackmore cup-tied and Jack Satterley unavailable.

Jamie Bullpit was rendered ineligible as competition rules state players must be registered seven days before the tie with the situation “made impossible” when Justin Keeler, Brad Morris and Declan Edwards pulled out through injury.

The Hampshire FA scheduled all third-round ties for the week commencing December 2 at the start of the season and Bash knew of their opponents and proposed date when the draw was made on October 22.

  • Hamworthy United host Dorchester Town while Verwood Town entertain Western League leaders Gillingham Town in the quarter-finals of the Dorset Senior Cup tomorrow (both 7.45pm).

Hammers: (from) Thomas, Saunders, Martin, Legg, Haysom, Corby, Yelland, Diaper, Allen, Cook, Osborne, Tayler, Hester, McIntosh, Pekun.

Potters: (from)  Lynch, Gajic, Hill, Oldring, Kelly, Dyer, Evans, Joy, Murray, N Saxby, Homer, Callaghan, D Saxby, Sim.

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2:50pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Ben Dingrun says...

Just underlines their status as a Pub Team.
Shambolic mis-management of the whole club.
#laughingstock
Just underlines their status as a Pub Team. Shambolic mis-management of the whole club. #laughingstock Ben Dingrun

4:01pm Tue 3 Dec 13

tricky1007 says...

do you have anything good to say about any of our non league teams.? I am guessing you have neither played, managed or sat on a committee for a team who plays higher than the 'pub' teams. otherwise you would be aware of all the hard work that goes into it. Unfortunately some local sides are finding themselves with a very low budget for the level they are at. best of luck Bashley for the rest of the season.
do you have anything good to say about any of our non league teams.? I am guessing you have neither played, managed or sat on a committee for a team who plays higher than the 'pub' teams. otherwise you would be aware of all the hard work that goes into it. Unfortunately some local sides are finding themselves with a very low budget for the level they are at. best of luck Bashley for the rest of the season. tricky1007

5:22pm Tue 3 Dec 13

steve.p. says...

Perfectly logical decision by the Bashley board and management. As Mike Crannidge pointed out, it would be the paying public who would have suffered most. Imagine the uproar if Bash had turned up and started with 9 players!
Perfectly logical decision by the Bashley board and management. As Mike Crannidge pointed out, it would be the paying public who would have suffered most. Imagine the uproar if Bash had turned up and started with 9 players! steve.p.

5:40pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Ben Dingrun says...

What you really mean is imagine the embarrassment if Bashley turned up with 9 and the score was double figures again.
You can attempt to spin it however you like, the shambolic facts surrounding Bashley FC have been there for everyone to see/read.
The management structure from boardroom to pitch is laughable and if the search for a benefactor proves fruitful they will all be dispatched.
What you really mean is imagine the embarrassment if Bashley turned up with 9 and the score was double figures again. You can attempt to spin it however you like, the shambolic facts surrounding Bashley FC have been there for everyone to see/read. The management structure from boardroom to pitch is laughable and if the search for a benefactor proves fruitful they will all be dispatched. Ben Dingrun

12:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

chunkie56 says...

I feel sorry for Bashley, they were a good side years ago, got too big too soon. Yet again money problems in Non League Football led to their downfall. The only good thing to come out of it is that Jack Satterley should return to Wessex League and be guaranteed first team football every week if available.
I feel sorry for Bashley, they were a good side years ago, got too big too soon. Yet again money problems in Non League Football led to their downfall. The only good thing to come out of it is that Jack Satterley should return to Wessex League and be guaranteed first team football every week if available. chunkie56

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