Great response as United bounce back with a fine away win
By Chris Munroe
Basford United showed tremendous spirit to register a backs to the wall team victory at 3rd placed Coleshill United to claim 3 excellent points.
After the disappointment of Tuesday nights loss to Rocester manager Martin Carruthers demanded a vast improvement from his group, and got just that as Basford registered by a country mile the best team working performance of the campaign.
Making the tough decisions to leave 3 senior players back in Nottingham and minus new signing Dion Miekle who was unavailable for the game as Basford manager Carruthers got what he demanded and a display packed with commitment, back to the wall defending and fine counter attacking football.
Basford got off to the perfect start as Stu Hendrie opened the scoring three minutes in after good work by Blair Anderson.
In a close 1st period United's had to overcome the loss of the returning Sam Craven and Willis Francis early in the game through injury with Ryan Whitehurst and Joe Coxon doing really well as replacements.
However despite the player losses it didn't disrupt the spirit as Basford fought and challenged for every ball.
Ex Notts County keeper Saul Deeney was called into significant action tipping an effort onto the cross bar. United though had good 1st half chances with the home keeper denying Blair Anderson and then later in the half a flashing volley from Ryan Whitehurst was inches wide. As the half progressed it became the Saul Denney show, as he made a fine 1 on 1 stop and him and his defenders dealt with everything hurled into the box.
As the game entered the 2nd period Deeney saved Basford on no less than 3 occasions early on with fine saves. United though were giving as good as they were taking and Ryan Whitehurst had an effort cleared off the line.As the game entered the last 20 the pressure mounting on the United goal was intense and a great show by the United rear guard who dealt with a barrage of aerial deliveries and had for once that bit of luck that has deserted us so far this campaign.
Desperate to close the game and gain a crucial 2nd goal cushion , the brilliant Lee Hendrie was so close with a a fine effort that just cleared the ball. Moments later the wingman Blair Anderson burst through but was denied by a brilliant block from the home keeper.
With the home side really asked significant questions of the Basford backline, next up for United Ruben Wiggins-Thomas was so close to sealing the game but delayed shooting after faced one on one. Not to be denied though Wiggins-Thomas got the crucial goal on 86 minutes. This time played through on goal the striker kept his poise to roll home for a crucial 2nd goal advantage. The two goal margin proved so important as finally the home side registered on 90 minutes as Danny Douglas guided home a deft header for 2-1.
Still time for the visitors to force a further barrage of corners and one more stunning save from Deeney as United held out for as good a 3 points registered in a long long time.
Many congratulations to all involved yesterday and the bravery of Carruthers in his team selection, this will hopefully send a message that to succeed this campaign it has to be all about a team ethic and one that listens to instruction which was observed brilliantly by the troops yesterday.
Next up for United Kirby Muxloe at Basford next Sat in another really important game.