7:12pm Wednesday 27th March 2013
PLAYER-coach Paul Gazzard felt Bashley’s missed chances gave the scoreline an unfair reflection in their 4-2 defeat at Hemel Hempstead last night.
Bash found themselves 4-0 down through efforts from Dave Pearce, Danny May and Charlie Mpi (2) before clawing back two second-half goals through Charlie Knight and Mark Gamble’s late penalty.
But long-serving defender Gazzard, in his 10th season at Bashley Road, was keen to focus on the opportunities Bash missed while the Tudors were racking up their unassailable lead.
Gazzard told the Daily Echo: “To be honest, it could have been 3-3 at half time if we had taken our chances. Ian Richardson missed an open goal from about two yards and there were plenty of other openings. Hemel took their chances and we didn’t.
“It was frustrating because the overall performance was good but that wasn’t reflected in the half-time score.
“Hemel did look in control but you would expect that being away to a promotion-chasing side. We competed well and there were a lot of positives to take out of it. Had we scored earlier, it could have been a very different game.”
Meanwhile, boss Frank Gray has added a third former Cherries youngster to his squad by signing full-back Ryan Case who joins Alex Moth and Jamal Bajandouh in signing for Bash until the end of the season.
Bash: Moore, Strickland, Oliver, Finlay, Middleton, Richardson, Casey, Bajandouh (Hill, 69), Stokoe (Gradwell, 61), Gamble, Knight (Moth, 69). Unused subs: Cooper, Kearn (g/k).
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