Basford building up a head of steam record a great victory. VIDEO NOW ON LINE
By Chris Munroe
asford secured an excellent 2-0 victory last night at a rain sodden Greenwich Avenue. Defeating a very good Chasetown FC outfit in a great game.United
Video highlights can now be viewed at https://youtu.be/EWLy1xFny80
In really difficult conditions via a swirling wind and a rain barrage in the faces of Basford players going up the slope 2nd half, then without question this ranks as the most complete team performance of the season so far. Goals at crucial points in the game from Rob Darkin on 25 minutes and Ruben Wiggins-Thomas on 81 minutes proved crucial in clinching 3 brilliant points.
Earlier in the evening it was an uncertain feeling on the sides as United continue to mount up the injuries and unavailability’s. Already without Billy Bennett missing from Sat as well as a host of long term injuries, then United had to contend with losses on the evening too. Keeper Saul Deeney sustained a freak hand injury on Monday that could rule him out for a couple of weeks. Additionally missing was Stuart Hendrie who has been red hot in the last 3 games registering 5 goals, then United needed players to step up to the plate. With a big squad to choose from and resting players in Saturdays victory, then Anthony Griffiths-Junior and Courey Grantham returned. Our exciting 17-year-old academy keeper Jake Wood took his place in the net and on reflection had a superb game, rewarded with a fine clean sheet in trying conditions.
Facing a test royal tonight Chasetown are without question one of the form teams of the Evo-Stik and early signs looked very dangerous. A fine early start for United keeper Jake Wood who made 2 crucial early saves from Chasetown dangerman Stan Mugushi, who had to be brilliantly marshalled by the United backline all evening.
United though started really well and moved the ball about with purpose. Opening goal on 25 minutes came from ROB DARKIN, who was in the right place to divert home after Courey Grantham had hit the bar with a close range header. One goal though would never be enough against a quality outfit and the United team defended from 1 to 11 like Trojans to protect the advantage. This was none more typified as via a rare mistake by Jake Wood who shanked a clearance, fine covering denied Stan Mugushi as he looked certain to roll home.
HT 1-0 and an evenly poised contest.
With the heavens opening to greet the players for the 2nd period and the wind and rain blowing down the slope which Basford were to defend going up the slope for the 2nd period then United had it all on. Chasetown started the 2nd period well and Jake Wood made a fabulous tip over from a Davies pile driver from 25 yards to start the 2nd half. With the visitors pushing on down the slope United defended brilliantly. Again Wood was the hero on 69 minutes as he finger tipped over a great strike from Stan Mugushi. Moments later the lady luck so crucial for challenging teams was evident as the visitors smashed against the cross bar from a header from a corner. It was not all one way though and Basford looked very capable of picking off the visitors via fast break football. 81 minutes came the crucial 2nd goal that gave United the breathing space. Courey Grantham & Kyle Dixon danced cleared, and the latter brought a brilliant save from visiting keeper Bateman. The keeper though was helpless as RUBEN WIGGINS-THOMAS picked up the loose ball at the angle to smash home for 2-0. Great celebrations both on and off the pitch greeted this goal. After this United comfortably played out time to clinch 3 excellent points against a playoff challenging outfit who will be there or there about come the end of the campaign, hopefully like us.
FT 2-0 A brilliant team performance this one and credit to manager Martin Carruthers and his management team who took some tough decisions this week and got a game plan absolutely perfect on the evening.
Final thanks to our hard core support base who continue to grow and contine to make a massive difference. On a horrible weather evening the contribution of the fan base was tremendous and the lads are definitely responded to the positive signs and noises coming from the stands.
Next up for Basford two further big games as United travel to Stocksbridge PS on Sat followed by welcoming Kidsgr