View the video highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkjH9AWq4ZM
2-2 was the final score on the night as the current top 2 of the Evo-Stik South slugged it out in a great game that continues to show what a highly entertaining option the top tiers of the Non League game is at a low cost. Last nights game had most on edge of seats in a horrible wet evening but for which the football was of a high quality. On chances alone Basford will feel that a failure to convert at least 5 or 6 clear cut chances should have seen this one well wrapped up long before United were fighting for their life’s to not lose ground on the league leaders after falling behind.
Updated 08:28 - 28 Sep 2017 by Neil McGowan
(Headline photo Manager Martin Carruthers in a reflective mood after an opportunity missed) A mixed night for United captain Lewis Carr who gave his usual high consistent defence performance and put us in front on 15 min via a towering header from Matt Thornhills free kick. However a bad error by the United captain saw him dismissed for a last man infringement right at the death that thankfully saw a free kick placed just wide. Whilst it didn’t impact this game it might the Emirates Cup FA Cup tie which Carr now misses through suspension. The visitors drew level 2 minutes after the United opening goal as a needless conceded free kick brought a superb free kick delivery from Liam Dickens that saw Matt Coleman expertly guide home. With United then missing great clear chances from Kieran Wells and James Reid the sides went in level at the break. 2nd half the visitors netted immediately as Ash Grayson conceded a soft penalty that was dispatched by Peter Winn on 48 minutes. After Kieran Wells missed his 2nd 1 on 1 of the evening as the excellent Cleethorpes keeper saved well, a bold move by United Mgt saw a half fit Courey Grantham thrown into the game on 58 minutes. Due to have a Hernia operation in 2 weeks Grantham showed what we can look forward on his return to full fitness as he tormented the Cleethorpes back line time and time again with his pace that is still not at the level due to his hernia tear. Grantham was the provider as he set up Ben Hutchinson to miss badly on the volley and then James Reid followed up to clip the far post. But the winger won the penalty that drew United level on 77 minutes as he was taken down in the box by Luke Mascall for his dismissal for a 2nd yellow. With Ben Hutchinson coolly rolling home the spot kick for 2-2 it was game on with 15 min to go .United continued to press and Matt Thornhill grazed the bar and Kieran Wells had further good looks but couldn’t convert as United had to settle for a hard earned point.
After a brutal stretch of Sat/midweek games now behind us Basford have a couple of Sat only games with a visit to Dronfield on Sat to visit Sheffield FC 3pm ko.
A top local FA Youth cup game Thursday sees our U19s entertain Dunkirk in the 1st qualifier 7.30pm Greenwich Avenue. Admission £3/£1 for this one.