Late Winner Spoils Solid Basford's Saturday (Video Now Online)
By Simon Ball-McQueen
Coalville Town snatched a late winner at Greenwich Avenue on Saturday afternoon, winning the game 1-0, after a draw looked on the cards for both teams
United manager Martin Carruthers was forced to make three changes to the starting XI from last weekend’s FA Cup win over Long Eaton United, with Ben Hutchinson not risked due to a slight strain and Cory Grantham also absent and mindful of the big games coming-up over the next two weeks, Carruthers gave both Blair Anderson and Stuart Hendrie a place on the bench.
A first-team debut was given to 17 year-old midfielder Jack Wood, whilst Kirmani Smith was given his first start of the season, with both youngsters being products of the club’s excellent educational academy system. Winger Tyrelle Shannon was also promoted from the bench to start.
Deon Meikle passed a late fitness test to keep his place in the side, whilst striker Ruben Wiggins-Thomas choose to play the game despite lacking sleep, after the birth of his first child on Thursday.
The return from holiday of keeper Saul Deeney provided a boost, whilst Josh Thornton also a recent returner from vacation, started on the bench alongside substitutes Rhys Myers and Jacub Tabreham, who both secured their first appearance as substitutes this season.
Basford started the game well and a half-chance from Smith just trickled wide of the Coalville post after just two minutes of play and seven minutes later, Shannon broke through the visiting defence but couldn’t get enough power behind his low shot to trouble the Coalville custodian.
Town’s first effort came on 15 minutes but Nathan Watson’s long range effort failed to worry Deeney’s goal and flew 5 yards wide.
Twenty minutes later, Shannon’s pace was almost rewarded, after he sneaked around the away defence only for his shot to be blocked by the legs of Town’s goalkeeper.
In the 41st minute, Coalville’s Jake Woolley found a gap in the United defence but was unable to find the target, as his shot sailed across the front of Deeney’s goal and despite dominating the possession and attacking play, a solid Basford side were unable to make the breakthrough with the half ending in stalemate.
A scrappy start to the second half saw both sides cancel each other out early on, as they battled for the advantage, with a long-range effort from the visitors comfortably held by Deeney on 50 minutes before Rob Darkin’s half-chance crept wide six minutes later.
Deeney was called into real action for the first time on 58 minutes when his flying save stopped Luke Smithson’s long-range effort from nestling in the top corner of the Basford net.
As the half-continued on, Coalville started to find their feet but they still struggled to find a way past an impressive Basford defence, who once again proved why they are one of the meanest backlines in the league.
Stuart Hendrie had the best chance of the half for United on 78 minutes but his shot from 20 yards fell straight into the arms of Town keeper Sean Bowles.
Nathan Watson then found himself on the end of wicked cross from the left and an easy finish to put Coalville ahead with five minutes left on the clock.
Deeney then had to make a fine double save just seconds later and another one minute into injury time from Woolley, as United tried to push forward for the equaliser, which sadly did not materialise.
United will now look to bounce back at the first time of asking with a home clash against Spalding United on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
A BUFC Radio post-game interview with Martin Carruthers can be heard by clicking here.
A BUFC Radio post-game interview with Saul Deeney can be heard by clicking here.
Video of Saturday's game can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/5hcWxad9KeU
Images are courtesy of Jaymini Mistry.