Basford United beat fourth placed Nantwich Town 7-3 at Greenwich avenue on the last day of the season thanks to a stellar first half performance.
The home side led 5-1 at halftime thanks to Nat Watson’s opener and four goals in half an hour for Liam Hearn.
Town came back into the game in the second half but failed to score until after Basford had bagged another two, firstly Zak Goodson capitalised on a mistake before Troy Bourne scored an unfortunate own goal.
Late goals from Jamie Morgan and Callum Saunders made the score look a bit more respectable for Nantwich but it did little to dampen Basford spirits.
Basford took the lead with less than two minutes played when Matt Thornhill’s corner found Watson at the near post who headed home unchallenged past a motionless Nantwich defence.
Jack Thomas almost doubled the home side’s lead before the eight minute mark when he found himself through on goal but put his shot wide under pressure from James Hawkins in the Nantwich goal.
With less than 15 minutes played Liam Hearn bagged Basford’s second when Hawkins let the optimistic shot go through his legs on his first team debut.
Nantwich looked to have found their feet in the game after their poor start and had began to create chances, albeit against the run of play. The Dabbers managed to pull one back when Callum Saunders smashed home from close range following Matt Bell’s low cross.
The goals didn’t stop coming as Basford regained their two-goal advantage. Thornhill bagged his second assist of the game, laying the ball off to Hearn who turned in the box and shot across goal into the bottom left corner for his second goal of the game.
Just before halftime the two combined once again as Thornhill played a beautiful threaded through ball to Hearn who bagged his hattrick by coolly slotting past Hawkins under no pressure from anyone in Nantwich green.
Hearn then got his fourth after cutting inside from the left wing and firing low past Hawkins at his near post to make it 5-1 at halftime to the home side.
The second half started slowly, the best chance falling to Nat Watson in the 55th minute who fired over on the edge of the box after Thomas’ cross was turned away by the Nantwich defence.
Dabbers’ striker Danny Glover fired against the bar with just over an hour played when the ball fell to him in the box after a well worked move down the right-hand side.
The away side had taken control of the game, coming close yet again when a corner wasn’t dealt with until Stefan Galinski got low to clear the ball off the line.
With 20 minutes left, Hearn put the ball in the back of the net again after a brilliant run from Zak Goodson but was ruled offside by linesmen Richard Cutts.
Just one minute later Basford made it six thanks to substitute Goodson who took advantage on a poor piece of miscommunication between Troy Bourne and Hawkins.
Basford’s seventh came from an unfortunate own goal off Bourne. The ball hit the left back from a corner leaving Hawkins stranded.
Nantwich got one consolation goal back when Jamie Morgan powered home from close range with one minute of the 90 to play.
With the last kick of the game the away side got a third. Saunders bagged his second of the game with a half volley into the bottom left corner from 18 yards.
The result means both sides remain where they began the day, Basford finish the season in seventh and Nantwich in fourth.
Line-ups: Kieran Preston (Dennel Stokes, 87), Liam Bateman (Lewis Carr, 78) , Henri Wilder, Dom Roma, Stefan Galinski, Ryan Wilson, Jack Thomas, Matt Thornhill ©, Liam Hearn, Nat Watson, Courey Grantham (Zak Goodson, 64)
Unused subs: Fernando Bell-Toxtle, James Reid
Updated 11:18 - 17 May 2019 by Chris Munroe