Late Goal Not Enough At Goole
Basford United failed to make it five wins in a row, going down to a 2-1 defeat at Goole AFC on Tuesday evening.
Young goalkeeper Jake Wood made his first start of the season replacing the absent Saul Deeney. Elsewhere Reuben Wiggins-Thomas was selected ahead of Tyrelle Shannon who dropped to the bench, whilst Kirmani Smith was the one addition to the substitutes from Saturday’s win at Chasetown.
United started the first half well but it was a quiet first 25 minutes for both sides, until an uncharacteristic defensive lapse from the Basford backline gave Goole’s Bobby Johnson the time and space to fire home.
Matt Semley nearly doubled the hosts’ lead four minutes later but his long-range effort just creeped over Wood’s crossbar before Ben Hutchinson then almost netted an equaliser, after another one of his well-placed free kicks was turned around the post by Goole’s goalkeeper and subsequent man of the match Thomas Beaurepaire.
Again United looked the better side after the break and Rob Darkin’s deflected goalbound shot was spectacularly palmed away by Beaurepaire on 61 minutes but two minutes later Basford were again hit by a suckerpunch, with Goole netting a second on 63 minutes courtesy of Jamie Coulson.
Five minutes on, Stuart Hendrie’s close range effort looked to have clearly crossed the goal line but much to United’s dismay, the referee’s assistant remained static and play was allowed to continue.
Basford pressed on but were continually thwarted by the heroics of the hosts’ goalkeeper, most notably when he denied Smith with a good low stop on 82 minutes.
Cory Grantham’s header fell just wide 60 seconds later but United did manage a consolation goal via Grantham in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
Martin Carruthers would have been buoyed by his team’s performance and their never say die attitude but will have been left rueing missed chances and the one defensive error in the first half, which left Basford returning home from East Riding with nothing to show for their efforts.
United will now look to bounce back at the first time of asking, with a big FA Cup first qualifying round tie against Long Eaton United on Saturday at Greenwich Avenue (3pm).
A BUFC Radio post-game interview with United manager Martin Carruthers is now available to hear via the following link - https://audioboom.com/boos/3552359-post-game-interview-with-martin-carruthers-goole-afc-2-basford-united-1-08-09-15
Video highlights are now available via the following link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnv2P_fvIZA