United turn in a top display to clinch 3 important point
Basford had to dig deep v Boldmere St Michael Sat in the latest MFL Fixture but without question deserved the victory.
A very good Basford display as well as a much welcome clean sheet, saw United maintain the pressure at the top of the Midland Football Alliance with a fine win against 5th placed Boldmere St Michaels at Greenwich Avenue by 3-0. Striker Ruben Wiggins-Thomas was the key performer on the day and registered a very good hat trick I na rock solid team display.
Manager Carruthers introduced the latest new addition to the Basford ranks with Tyrelle Shannon added to the squad for the game. With so many games lined up over the remainder of the campaign, then the balance of keeping lads fresh and not burnt out, as well as maintaining a good balance will be key for the run in. Sat Carruthers took the opportunity to make changes and drafted Fabian Smith, Dan Fletcher, Stuart Hendrie back into the starting 11 from those that started the cup semi final on Tuesday. Lavelle White, Cory Grantham & Sam Craven were rested after the exploits of Tuesday, and joined on the bench by the returning Jamie McNicholas and new signing Tyrelle Shannon.
In truth early game not too much to discuss or put pen too paper, as the game was pretty even and well contested. With United changing the formation it took a little time to settle. Early stages pretty competitive between the two sides with the match official perhaps a little busier than he would have liked. Aaron Webster and Dion Miekle looked to have an uncomfortable afternoon against the giant St Mikes forward Tremaine Clarke but both did a great job combating his presence. St Mikes will have wished their defenders had done the same to our top striker Ruben Wiggins-Thomas as United gained the lead on 30 minutes. Josh Thornton played a fabulous through ball that split the visitors defence, and allow Wiggins- Thomas to gallop clear and brilliantly finish with a low placed effort off the inside of the post. Any thoughts this would signal the floodgates opening where far off the mark, as the visitors looked a good outfit. Wiggins-Thomas was denied a 2nd as a high bouncing ball wouldn't come down for him as he rounded the visiting keeper Williams. Doing well to get an effort away it clipped the underside of the bar and was cleared off the line. With United losing Lee Hendrie & Ryan Whitehurst in quick succession just before the half the visitors almost went in level at the break. A dangerous ball in the home box was smashed goal bound from 8 yards and needed a fabulous save from United keeper Saul Deeney to keep a half time advantage. The save proved crucial as United led by a slender 1-0 half time advantage. As a result of the injuries Tyrelle Shannon entered the game for his debut and the 2nd change saw Lavelle White join the action.
2nd period with now Basford having some good pace options then Basford looked to turn the screw in the 2nd half. However once again it was the visitors who had a great chance on 49 minutes as Clarke was played cleared. His finish was destined for the top corner but United keeper Saul Deeney was equal to the effort, and clawed IT round the post for a stunning save. With Basford clear as day light needing a minimum 2 goal margin United began to ask serious questions of the St Mikes backline who defended well. Tyrelle Shannon was looking a lively threat and was desperately close to his 1st United goal on 58 minutes. Latching onto a Stuart Hendrie through ball the striker spun his man and fired a fine effort that hit the inside of the far post, and proceeded to hit the other post also with the keeper beaten. With Ruben Wiggins-Thomas hitting the side netting and both he and Lavelle White delivering fine low crosses begging to be touched home then Uniteds nerves were getting a little concerned given the 1-0 margin. Next up Stuart Hendrie brought a fine low save from Williams as the visitors continued to stay in the game with some resilient last man defending. As the game approached the last 10 minutes United registered the crucial 2nd goal. Dion Miekle put a ball over the top that was the defenders to lose, but he didn't legislate for the pace of Wiggins- Thomas who skipped past him. With still so much to do the striker rounded the keeper, and brilliantly squeezed the ball home for a fine goal on 79 minutes. With effectively game-set and match now Basford made it 3 on 83 minutes. Once again it was Wiggins-Thomas who burst clear to square for Stuart Hendrie to be bundled over in the box for a penalty. No one would ever get the ball of Ruben Wiggins-Thomas who coolly despatched for his hat trick and 3-0. Still time for Tyrelle Shannon to smash a great header against the crossbar after Cory Grantham delivered a fine cross. All in all though United more than happy with 3 hard fought points and a very pleasing clean Sheet.
With likely the art of winning close games as opposed to blitzing teams with pace United got the right balance today and whilst not vintage offensively especially in the 1st period, not one can argue how defensively solid we looked all day. With difficult away days on the horizon then the changing formations provide good options for the management.
United are next in action Tuesday evening 7.45pm ko v Long Eaton in the Quarter finals of the League cup. This is followed by a tough looking visit to Coventry Spinx on Saturday.