Fabulous win for a young United team
A Basford team containing no less than 3 18 year olds in the starting 11 produced a superb performance to win away at Westfields yesterday.
Ruben Wiggins-Thomas scored twice as Basford United won 2-0 at Westfields in the Midland League Premier Division.
With United going into the game minus a host of important players via an ever growing injury list and this week adding Lee Hendrie, Aaron Webster to the unavailable Dan Fletcher. Manager Martin Carruthers took the bold decision to go to our football education academy to start left back Jamie McNicholas in addition to other youngsters Joe Coxon and Robson Doolan. Also a debut for new signing Jahred Russell who completed his transfer from Radford. The central midfield 3 of Basford comprised of 2 18 year olds plus young 21 year old Russell.
If Basford needed time to integrate the new debutants this was obvious as Basford set off really well, and created a host of excellent opportunities, but found home keeper Gwynne in stunning form. After making point blank stops to deny a Dion Miekle header and Ruben Wiggins-Thomas after he burst through on goal, it looked like it would take something very special to beat the inspired keeper.
This was the case ten minutes before half time as Ruben Wiggins-Thomas registered a superb solo effort.
Taking a pass from the impressive Blair Anderson on the half way line, one of the leagues premier strikers at this time powered forward down the left and evaded three challenges cut inside to coolly roll home past Gwynne for 1-0.
United had further opportunities as Gwynne beat away a point blank strike from Blair Anderson as United looked to stretch the advantage. With Josh Thornton moving into central defence to partner Dion Miekle and Fabian Smith reverting to right back the United back line was rock solid 1st period and Saul Deeney was in the main a spectator and well protected.
2nd period as expected a very decent Westfield outfit stepped up the gas and United keeper Saul Deeney made what was on reflection a very crucial save on 51 minutes, diving low to push a one on one wide from Craig Jones.
United needed a 2nd and Robson Doolan was so close to delivering such on 60 minutes. Involved in a fine link up Doolan received a through ball that saw his low effort denied by the inspired keeper.
United would not be denied though and the second came after 69 minutes, again involving Anderson, whose mesmerised the full back his low cross from the left was turned in at the back post by the red hot Wiggins-Thomas for 2-0.
Still though the home side kept knocking, and had not Saul Deeney made a stunning stop on 75 minutes from Marcus Palmer it could have been an interesting finish. Deeneys save was world class and to divert over from point blank was a brilliant save.
Debutant Jahred Russell who was involved in most things good on the day came close to a third ten minutes from the end but his shot came back off the angle of post and bar after showing fine footwork.
The goal wasn't needed though as United played out time to secure a brilliant victory. Not many better way days than this one as it demonstrated a total team effort for Carruthers team. Whilst in the contest one game doesn't mean a lot at this time of the season especially with other challengers winning, but this was top draw and many teams will fail to come away from Hereford with any points as Westfield are a good outfit.
The games continue to come thick and fast for Basford and next Sat sees another very tough looking game away to AFC Wulfrunians who gave us a real scare in the corresponding fixture at Greenwich Avenue won by Basford 2-1.