Grantham Goal Enough For A Point At Tividale
A lacklustre second half performance saw Basford United having to settle for a 1-1 draw at Tividale FC on Tuesday night.
A dominant first half display from United and a goal from Cory Grantham was not enough to take home the three points, as Basford failed to pull out of first gear after the break.
Manager Martin Carruthers was without forwards Tyrell Shannon-Lewis and Blair Anderson but was able to recall defenders Deon Meikle and Rob McCormick, alongside midfielder Jermaine Hollis, who all featured on the bench in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Leek Town.
After featuring in the starting XI at Leek, Billy Bennett and Rob Darkin were both dropped to the bench, whilst Gino Kelleher made up the three-man list of replacements.
United started well and looked strong going forward, with Grantham’s low effort from 20 yards forcing the keeper into a good save after just eight minutes.
The Tividale’s keeper’s legs then stopped Reuben Wiggins-Thomas from opening the scoring four minutes later, after some neat footwork from the striker.
On 23 minutes, after a good cross from Ben Hutchinson, Ash Grayson’s header was directed just wide of the home post.
Grantham then opened the scoring two minutes later, after a fine cross-field ball from Boafo, left the flanker in a position to coolly slot the ball into the bottom corner of Tividale’s net.
The closest the hosts came to a goal in the opening 45 minutes, were two efforts from their #10 in the space of four minutes, the first a spectacular over-head kick was struck well but went over Saul Deeney’s crossbar, the second was struck over the horizontal from close range, with the striker left rueing a miss where he really should have hit the target.
Hollis then had two more efforts to double United’s lead before the break but both well-worked chances were put just wide of each Tividale upright.
The opening twenty minutes of the second half passed without major incident, with Basford looking comfortable and their backline looking solid.
However, from what was some route possession in the middle of the park, a speculative 35 yard effort from the home side’s left back caught Deeney off his line and the ball looped over the keeper’s head and into the net.
The freak 65th minute equaliser for Tividale had clearly rattled United, whose defence then began to look suspect, as the home side pushed on for a winner.
It was not all one-way traffic however, as Basford did a have a couple of good chances to take back the lead, firstly through a great run through the centre from Kelleher but the substitute midfielder’s shot was just wide of the post on 72 minutes. Wiggins-Thomas’s header then just cleared the crossbar seven minutes later.
United will now look to build on two away draws in four days in their first home game this month, as Belper Town visit Greenwich Avenue this Saturday (17th October), with a 3pm kick-off.
A BUFC Radio post-game interview with Martin Carruthers is available to hear via the following link - https://audioboom.com/boos/3686780-post-game-interview-with-martin-carruthers-tividale-1-basford-united-1-13-10-15