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Basford missed out on the chance to go top of the Evo-Stik league South as current bottom of the table Gresley made a mockery of their low position with a very spirited and solid performance . Basford also worked hard & gave good effort but failed to make significant inroads in the last 3rd to put the game away. Young Burton Albion loan keeper Callum Hawkins was a defiant last man and produced some fine saves on the night, none better than a point blank double save midway through the 1st period. With the visitors going in front on 56 minutes as Jason Law reacted quickest to turn home on 56 minutes it could have been worse for the home team. Quick response though as hitman Liam Hearn (Headline photo) was in the right place to net from close range after Hawkins saved Matt Thornhills initial effort. Despite a lot of late pressure Basford couldn't find a way through for the winner and it was clear for all to see which team was more satisfied with the point although the visitors are no where near a position in the league they should be . Manager Martin Carruthers gave a starting debut to Jerry Nash(See latest club news ) in the middle of the park and another new signing Aidan Austin came off the bench. Both gave satisfactory debuts & the manager speaks very highly of both & expects very good contributions going forward.
Whilst the disappointment of dropped points might linger for the odd day, keeping it in context its now 11 unbeaten in the Evo-Stik South and Basford will go to Leek Town Sat 3pm in high spirits & its 1 defeat in 16.
Updated 20:49 - 23 Oct 2017 by Neil McGowan
United will have to contend with 1 more Sat/Monday weekend when travelling to Belper Town next Monday for a league cup 1st round tie 7.45pm ko.