BY MACAULAY DALEY
Braces from Kieran Rogers and substitute Kaine MacCauley helped Basingstoke’s U21’s thrash ten-man Bashley 6-0 in the Wyvern Combination League.
Their goals, alongside an Antonio Walker penalty and Luke Cox header, helped the home side to win in a match that they largely dominated.
But it was the away side who had the first chance of the match, with home stopper Aaron Holt quickly off his line to sweep up the danger.
Basingstoke started to make their mark a quarter of the way through the half, with both Ross McKernon and Jordan Goater’s efforts off target.
‘Stoke took the lead in the 29th minute and after Walker was fouled in the area, Rogers stepped up to send the ‘keeper the wrong way. The lead was doubled 13 minutes later and it was a carbon copy of the first.
Walker was pushed over in the area, but instead of Rogers, he dusted himself down to double the hosts’ advantage, again sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.
The away side nearly got a goal back in time added on at the end of the first half, with a looping header having beaten the dive of Holt, McKernon was on hand to head the ball off the line and to safety.
‘Stoke had the first chance of the second-half, with Rogers’ header drawing a good save from the away ‘keeper.
But after Bashley were reduced to ten men, Basingstoke ran riot and four goals in an eight-minute spell put paid to the away side.
Manager Neville Roach made three substitutions with MacCauley, Luke Richardson and Cox coming on and all three of them played their part.
The third goal came in the 74th minute, MacCauley’s run and pull-back from the left-hand side found Rogers who got his second of the match, with an easy finish into the bottom corner.
Less than two minutes later it was four and after his effort was spilled by the ‘keeper, MacCauley rounded him and fired into an empty net.
He got his second in the 80th minute and after a strong tackle onn Rogers, the ball fell kindly for him and he slotted the ball in at the near post.
The scoring was completed in the 82nd minute, with Cox’s header looping over the away ‘keeper from Richardson’s corner.
Neville Roach said: “I’m absolutely delighted, the boys have done really well, we took our chances, which is something that we have been working on in training and looked a lot more clinical which I’m really pleased with.
“We looked a lot more solid and organised at the back, especially with Aaron who’s played in the first-team, there was good communication from the back to the front.
“Kaine’s been magnificent, even in training his attitude’s been on point, he’s worked very hard, he’s deserved his chance and he’s taken it, he’s done really well with some fantastic finishing.
“I’ve got to be honest, I think in the last 15 minutes we got a bit lazy, I know we were five of six nil up, I understand that, but we’ve got a young squad and I feel that we’ve got to be a little bit more professional in the way we go forward and keep the ball.”
Basingstoke Team: Aaron Holt; James Batchelor, Harrison Shade, Ryan Zidyana, Jordan Goater; Charlie McCann ( C ), David Appleton (Luke Cox), Ross McKernon; Antonio Walker (Luke Richardson), Kieran Rogers, Nebay Haile (Kaine MacCauley).