Video highlights of the game can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgLnn2zpsSo&feature=youtu.be
By John Bryson
Basford United’s last game of the 2019 calendar year ended with a disappointing result, slipping to a 3-2 home defeat against fellow promotion chasers Warrington Town, who secured a sixth straight win.
Basford started the match on a positive note, captain Stef Galinski heading wide from a free kick in the second minute. Basford continued to take the game to the visitors and took the lead in the eighth minute when Matt Thornhill met a James Reid corner at the near post and headed home (pictured above).
The lead was short-lived however, as a minute later the ball was headed out and away from the home goal, only for Warrington’s Ben Garrity to pick the ball up and score with a low drive beyond Basford goalkeeper Kieran Preston’s right hand.
Things could have become worse in the tenth minute following a mix up in the Basford penalty area, Warrington number 11 Jack Dunn lobbing over when well placed.
Three minutes later Warrington front man Tony Gray met an in-swinging corner and glanced a header wide from close in.
The match had developed into an open game, but Warrington continued to be the more dangerous of the two sides near goal, and Dunn saw his deflected shot save for a corner by Preston
Gray came close with another header in the twenty-fourth minute, and two minutes later Town right back Mitchell Duggan saw his centre drop on the roof of the goal net.
Basford then put the Warrington goal under pressure, left back Cieran Keane’s low centre being turned for a corner from which visitors goalkeeper Charles Albinson was able to collect and clear.
Dunn featured prominently again when, in the thirty-second minute, his left foot shot went narrowly wide. Warrington were not to be denied a goal in this spell and it came in the thirty-fifth minute. Tony Gray was able to get onto a right wing centre and turn the ball wide of Preston.
Back came Basford and equalised in the thirty-ninth minute. Galinski, up for a free kick, was pushed by Warrington centreback Mark Roberts, Referee Ben Cooke pointing to the penalty spot. James Reid took the kick and powered a left foot shot home, ensuring the teams went in level at half time.
Basford were first to threaten after half time when Keane’s forty-eighth minute high looping centre was turned for a corner.
Dunn saw his fifty-fifth minute shot from a free kick go high over the Basford crossbar, followed three minutes later by Reid driving in a low free kick, which was held by Albinson.
The next threat from either side saw the final and deciding goal of the game. A sixty-second minute free kick to the near post saw Garrity’s flicked-on header go across the Basford goal and go in off the far post.
Basford strode to get back into the game, but the Warrington defence, marshalled by Roberts as captain, held firm.
Things became worse for Basford in the seventy-seventh minute. With the home side chasing the game, Warrington broke and Keane was last defender when he fouled Dunn, Referee Cooke showing the Basford left back a straight red card.
A spate of substitutions broke up play in the next few minutes, before Dunn cut in off the Warrington right and saw his left foot shot go straight at Preston.
The eighty-sixth minute saw Basford’s last threat on goal of the game, Reid finding Zak Goodson, who saw his header finish on the roof of the Warrington net.
More than four minutes of added time was played, and in the ninety-fourth minute a swift move saw Warrington substitute Bohan Dixon bring a fine save out of Preston, the final whistle sounded a few seconds after this and saw Warrington take all three points.
Basford: Kieran Preston, Liam Bateman, Cieran Keane, Matt Thornhill, Stef Galinski (capt), Dom Roma, Jack Thomas (Deon Meikle 89), Zak Goodson, Nat Watson, Greg Tempest (Kole Lambert 81), James Reid.
Subs not used: Revarnalle James, Saul Deeney.
Updated 11:25 - 10 Jan 2019 by Neil McGowan