Basford win on the road at Chasetown
By Chris Munroe
Basford produced a fine team display to win at Chasetown Sat. United Ben Hutchinson was the match winner via a 17th minute stunning free kick.
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Basford learned a little more about the Evo-Stik NPL Southern section division 1 on Sat with a hard fought away victory away to Chasetown.. The home side have high objectives this season and see themselves as a likely playoff contender. Therefore a tough task expected to get anything from this game. Basfords build up was also hampered by the news that last seasons 43 goals Midland Football league top goal scorer Ruben Wiggins-Thomas would likely be missing because of an injury sustained in the Bank Holiday Monday win at home to Rugby Town. Tyrelle Shannon-Lewis and Ben Hutchinson both returned to the starting line up.
Basford started very well but were hampered inside the 1st minute as Rob McCormick took a bad kick to the head, clearly impeded the defender played on for 54 minutes until replaced by Academy youngster Jahrel Brown. United dominated the early possession with some fine passing movements and intelligent use of the ball. The home keeper Bateman was the busier of the two keepers and had to pull out a fine low save from Tyrelle Shannon-Lewis early doors. With United getting into a lot of good positions the composed finish was lacking, with a lot of efforts clearing the bar from close range, either way though a fine Basford start to the game grabbing the initiative . The home side also had their moments, non more so than when flanker Stan Mugisha connected with a header from 6 yards that forced a scrambling Saul Deeney to save well. This probably represented the best chance on the day for the home side and it was a close letoff for Basford.
United needed a goal for the start and went in front on 17 minutes. In a carbon copy of his free kick winner on opening day against Gresley Ben Hutchinson stepped up from a slight angle left side to bend home a brilliant strike from 25 yards that gave home keeper Bateman no chance for 1-0.
That was about it for 1st half entertainment as the teams ended the half 1-0 Basford , although United were good value for the lead and demonstrating a very well thought out game plan.
2nd half with the emphasis on the home side to get back in the game and with a sizeable home side getting a little frustrated then Chasetown saw the bulk of the ball 2nd period. Despite a lot of possession Saul Deeney was not over worked and it was the home keeper Bateman who was called to make the saves as United were happy to hit on the counter. Stuart Hendrie and Tyrelle Shannon worked like demons all day chasing everything and should have combined to double United's advantage. Yet another fine sweeping move saw Hendrie hit a fine low strike that forced the save from Bateman but rebounded perfectly for Shannon-Lewis but the striker could only head close enough to the keeper for him to make a fine double save. United still continued to pursue that 2nd goal and Blair Anderson and Stuart Hendrie saw off target efforts go close. At the other end the home side got close on a few occasions but were let down by really poor finishing.
United comfortably closed out the game to register 3 really good points at a difficult venue and make it 12 points out of a possible 18 on offer. The away form is still 100% via 3 wins out of 3 and a staggering stat no away goals conceded so far.
Dion Miekle was awarded the Basford MOM on the day for a towering display but the bulk of the team not far behind. as this was a really strong team display. With the knocks picked up by McCormick, Hutchinson and Miekle as well as the absence of Wiggins-Thomas it bodes so well for the group that they rally together to grind out such great results typified by the work rate of Jermaine Hollis who has started the season in magnificent form. Youngster Brown did really well in his 36 minute debut for the 1st team and looks a fine prospect.
United now have a quick turn around as back in action on Tuesday with another decent journey, this time to Goole FC for a 7.45pm ko. This is followed by an FA Cup cracker next Saturday when our local rivals from the MFL Long Eaton visit Greenwich Avenue for a 1st round qualifying tie 3pm ko. With the ground showing the QPR V Forest game at the ground at 12.30pm next Sat this is a great fore runner to this intriguing FA Cup tie.