A battling Gresley scrapping for every point in a relegation battle royal at the bottom of the Evo-Stik South fully deserved yesterdays 1-0 win v Basford, who as a collective were way off the pace.
Video of this game can be viewed at the following link https://youtu.be/cIYzStb6P0A
The 1st half dismissal of Kieran Fenton for 2 really needless bookings were poor errors of judgement & left United with another 10 man mountain to climb not did similar to Stamford a month back. Basford though struggled before the sending off and after so best to assign this one to the history books as a bad day at the office and move on.
Danny Quinn’s goal five minutes from time proved the winner for the home side, and reminiscent of Stamford drew great scenes of delight from the home contingent.
The home side came closest to scoring in the first half, Matt Melbourne rounding Saul Deeney but his shot lacked power, allowing Connor Bartle to get back and clear off the line.
Basford's chances were few and far between with young Burton Albion loanee Calum Hawkins not really called into a meaningful save throughout, although the impressive keeper claimed every cross into the box.
Gresley again came close just after the hour, Quinn’s shot hitting the post after Deeney had saved from Melbourne.
The home though claimed the goal from Quinn 5 minutes from time as Gresley broke at speed to clinically score to seal the win .
Updated 18:05 - 5 Mar 2018 by Neil McGowan
Basford had a few half chances late on with the pick being youngster Harry Wakefield dragging wide point blank in the dying moments and a well placed Matt Thornhill free kick not troubling Hawkins.
A surprise for Basford in a season of clinically dead ball delivery today that not one good ball was delivered from set plays all game.
All in all certainly no complaints from Basford and congratulations to Gresley who despite their lowly position have took 4 points out of 6 off Basford this season and in both games have been really good value.
Manager Martin Carruthers who along with Assistant Mark Clifford signed a 2 year extended contract yesterday until May 2020 ( Press Article to follow next week) was deeply disappointed not with the defeat but the manner, & will no doubt expect a big reaction from his playing group. With no midweek game then no doubt this week will involve a lot of work on the training field to get this out of the system.