Goals from Brad Gascoigne and Jerry Nash gave Basford their first away league win since February against Stalybridge Celtic.
Basford travelled to Stalybridge for their second of three consecutive away league games. Dom Roma came in at left back as interim manager Liam Hearn moved Ryan Wilson into centre midfield along with Lewis Carr, who kept his place in defensive midfield.
After a slow first half which was largely dominated by Celtic and lacking in chances, Basford took the lead. Brad Gascoigne getting down low to head home from close range just ten seconds before halftime.
Basford improved in the second half, causing the Celtic defence problems until Jerry Nash got Basford’s second with a sweet strike in the 73rd minute after Celtic once again failed to deal with a cross.
Celtic started the brighter of the two sides, keeping the ball in Basford’s half but failing to have a good shot on goal. The closest they came was a free kick which was comfortably punched away by Kieran Preston.
With 15 minutes played Dan Cockerline squandered a great chance when he found himself in space on the edge of the six-yard box but couldn’t sort his feet out fast enough and could only manage a weak shot which was deflected just wide of Preston’s goal.
The next chance came just over 20 minutes later when Celtic’s Scott Bakkor tried a long-range effort which was well saved by Preston.
Just seconds before halftime Basford took the lead. Matt Thornhill whipped in a corner which was poorly dealt with by Celtic and the ball went all the way through to Brad Gascoigne who stooped low to head home from a yard out.
As the second half got underway it was clear Stalybridge weren’t going to be beaten easily. Bakkor won a freekick on the edge of the box after a late challenge by Ryan Wilson and Michael Howard took the shot well once again forcing Preston to make a good save to keep
Basford in the lead.
The home side wasted yet another chance when Josh Solomon-Davis broke for Celtic on the counter attack but waited too long to pass the ball off to substitute Neil Kengni who had
Courey Grantham had a chance to grab Basford’s second, picking up the ball just inside the attacking half and knocking it past Celtic centre back Olly Marx but his curling shot was deflected wide.
With just 17 minutes left, Jerry Nash doubled Basford’s lead with a sweet strike across goal into the bottom left corner. Henri Wilder’s cross was punched away only as far as Nash who took one touch and shot from around 12 yards out.
Celtic thought they had grabbed one back when Kengni found himself free at the back post and fired home however he was ruled offside.
Basford are next in action on Tuesday night when they face Carlton Town in the Nottingham Senior Cup final at Mansfield’s Field Mill stadium.
Line ups: Kieran Preston, Liam Bateman, Dom Roma (Henri Wilder 71), Brad Gascoigne, Stefan Galinski, Lewis Carr (Jerry Nash 67), James Reid, Matt Thornhill ©, Courey Grantham, Nat Watson (Zak Goodson 83), Ryan Wilson
Unused subs: Fernando Bell-Toxtle, Dennel Stokes
Updated 08:32 - 17 Apr 2019 by Neil McGowan