Bhasera equals club record


Warriors defender Onismor “Baz” Bhasera on Tuesday night wrote his own piece in the history of his English football club Plymouth Argyle when he scored the club’s fastest-ever goal in his team’s win away to FC Wimbledon.

The Warriors left-back headed in just after 11 seconds, to equal the record that was set by Nick Chadwick on December 17 2005, when the League Two team was still playing in the Championship.

Interestingly enough, the two club record holders combined for the winner, with Chadwick drilling past the opposition goalkeeper Seb Brown a pass from Bhasera seconds after the restart.

FC Wimbledon had equalised midway through the first half.

The record-breaking goal came straight from kick-off when Durrell Berry put in a great cross for Bhasera, who was playing as a makeshift left-wing midfielder, to powerfully head home.

Bhasera’s early goal set the Pilgrims on their way to a second success in five games and out of English football’s basement league’s dreaded drop zone.

The “brilliant” Bhasera could have added his second of the night right at the death, but his double effort was blocked by Brown.

Plymouth Argyle are now fourth from the bottom on 32 points.

Pilgrims coach Carl Fletcher sang praises for Bhasera after the match.

“I didn’t expect Baz to come out only 11 seconds. It was brilliant,” Fletcher told the club’s website.
So brilliant was Bhasera’s performance on the night that a local newspaper Plymouth Herald voted him the man-of-the-match.

“There were a lot of good performances, but the Zimbabwean was vital in both Argyle goals, scoring the first and making the second. He is our star man.”
Bhasera’s Facebook page was also abuzz with fans congratulating him for the feat.

“You are a legend Baz. Played amazing tonight,” Ross Coleman posted on Bhasera’s wall.
“Always said you should be playing higher up the pitch. Well done mate, you are a true Pilgrim,” Dave Burns added.

The match was Bhasera’s
first since returning from national duty with the Warriors in Burundi.

In his absence, Plymouth played three matches, losing 1-0 at home to 10-man Gillingham last weekend, a result that followed two frustrating draws against fellow strugglers Macclesfield and Dagenham & Redbridge.