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Basford United
Spalding United
R Myers (80')
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Tue 22 Sep 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - First Division South Attendance 92

First Draw For Basford As Spalding Are Held (Video Now Online)

A strong second-half secured Basford United their first draw of the season, as Tuesday’s home clash with Spalding United ended 2-2.

Video highlights now online via the following link -

With one eye on Saturday’s big FA Cup home tie with Sporting Khalsa, manager Martin Carruthers made a number of changes to his starting side, leaving out Jermaine Hollis and Rob Darkin, replacing them with recent signing from Sheffield FC Rhys Myers and Josh Thornton.

Cory Grantham, Ben Hutchinson and Blair Anderson we’re also given the nod to start, with Tyrell Shannon-Lewis and Stuart Hendrie both absent.

After making their first starts for the club against Coalville Town on Saturday, Jack Wood and Kirmani Smith were dropped to the bench, whilst fellow youngster Gino Kelleher also started as a substitute for the first time this season.

A quiet start to the game saw both sides testing the water early on, with the first chance of the game coming on 14 minutes, when Anderson’s cross from the left was headed just wide by Reuben Wiggins-Thomas.

Slowly the game began to spring into life and Saul Deeney proved his was in fine form again, when he did well to stop Michael Frew’s 19th minute effort.

However, the Irish custodian could do nothing to stop the visitors taking the lead six minutes later, as Josh Moreman fired Spalding in front after the Basford defence struggled to clear their lines.

It took just four minutes for Basford to find an equaliser, after Spalding defender Ross Watson directed a cross away from his own goalkeeper and into his own net.

Hutchinson then tested the Spalding keeper’s reflexes on 32 minutes, with the former Middlesbrough man’s low, long-distance effort forcing the visiting custodian into a fine save at his right-hand post.

But it was the Spalding who regained the advantage on a minute left in the half, with Moreman netting his second after his shot took a wicked deflection off the lunging Myers.

Carruthers’ side came out with renewed vigour in the second half and almost responded inside the first two minutes after they were given a free-kick right on the edge of the visitors’ box but Hutchinson could not recreate his heroics of Gresley and Chasetown, with his powerful effort just going wide of the net.

Basford went on to dominate the half, looking to push on for the equalising goal, whilst Spalding made few forays forward and seemed keen to try and preserve their lead, which at times led to some scrappy football but at no stage did Basford look out of the game.

On 72 minutes, Basford almost found their equaliser after Hutchinson’ low strike from 20 yards struck the foot of the Spalding post and then trickled out of play.

Basford continued to push on and they claimed their reward on 80 minutes, when debutant Myers was on hand to poke the ball home, after Spalding were unable to despatch the ball from their penalty area.

So, the first draw of the season for Carruthers’ side and lots of positives to be taken from a much-improved second half performance.

A BUFC Radio post-game interview with Martin Carruthers is available to hear via the following link -

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Ben Hutchinson

Player of the Match

Ben Hutchinson

Key moments

Goal Rhys Myers scores for Basford United
Replay game

As it happened

  • Basford United
  • Spalding United
  • 0
  • Courey Grantham Sub Off 67:00'
  • Kirmani Smith Sub On 67:00'
  • Ashley Grayson Sub Off 73:00'
  • Gino Kelleher Sub On 73:00'
  • Rhys Myers Goal 80:00'
  • Ben Hutchinson Sub Off 90:00 +2:00'
  • Jack Wood Sub On 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Deeney, Saul Deeney, Saul
Boafo, David Boafo, David
Miekle, Dion Miekle, Dion
Wiggins-Thomas, Reuben Wiggins-Thomas, Reuben
Thornton, Josh Thornton, Josh
Myers, Rhys Myers, Rhys
McCormick, Rob McCormick, Rob
Grayson, Ashley Grayson, Ashley
Hutchinson, Ben Hutchinson, Ben
Anderson, Blair Anderson, Blair
Grantham, Courey Grantham, Courey
Basford United
  • 1. Saul Deeney
  • 2. David Boafo
  • 3. Dion Miekle
  • 4. Josh Thornton
  • 5. Rhys Myers
  • 6. Rob McCormick
  • 7. Courey Grantham
  • 8. Ashley Grayson
  • 9. Reuben Wiggins-Thomas
  • 10. Ben Hutchinson
  • 11. Blair Anderson
  • 12. Gino Kelleher
  • 13. Kirmani Smith
  • 14. Jack Wood
  • 15. Jacub Tabreham

League round up

Other First Division South results

Gresley FC
Stocksbridge Park Steels


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Stafford Rangers 42 95
2. Shaw Lane Aquaforce 42 94
3. Coalville Town 42 85
4. Basford United 42 76
5. Lincoln United 42 74
6. Stocksbridge Park Steels 42 69
7. Chasetown 42 68

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