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R Darkin (25'), R Wiggins-Thomas (81')
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Tue 26 Jan 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - First Division South Attendance 119

Basford building up a head of steam record a great victory. VIDEO NOW ON LINE


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

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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

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Courey Grantham

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Goal Robert Darkin scores for Basford United
Goal Reuben Wiggins-Thomas scores for Basford United


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90:00 Player of the Match
Courey Grantham is awarded player of the match for Basford United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jake Wood keeps a clean sheet for Basford United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Robert Darkin keeps a clean sheet for Basford United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Robbie McNicholas keeps a clean sheet for Basford United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Dion Miekle keeps a clean sheet for Basford United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Mason Rowley keeps a clean sheet for Basford United
87:00 Sub Off
Ashley Grayson is substituted off for Basford United
87:00 Sub On
Jack Duffy is substituted on for Basford United
82:00 Sub Off
Reuben Wiggins-Thomas is substituted off for Basford United
82:00 Sub On
Eugen Bopp is substituted on for Basford United
81:00 Assist
Kyle Dixon makes an assist for Basford United
81:00 Goal 2 - 0
Reuben Wiggins-Thomas scores for Basford United
End of period 1
25:00 Assist
Courey Grantham makes an assist for Basford United
25:00 Goal 1 - 0
Robert Darkin scores for Basford United
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Basford United
  • Chasetown
  • 0
  • Courey Grantham Assist 25:00'
  • Robert Darkin Goal 25:00'
  • Kyle Dixon Assist 81:00'
  • Reuben Wiggins-Thomas Goal 81:00'
  • Reuben Wiggins-Thomas Sub Off 82:00'
  • Eugen Bopp Sub On 82:00'
  • Ashley Grayson Sub Off 87:00'
  • Jack Duffy Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Wood, Jake Wood, Jake
Darkin, Robert Darkin, Robert
McNicholas, Robbie McNicholas, Robbie
Miekle, Dion Miekle, Dion
Rowley, Mason Rowley, Mason
Griffiths-Junior, Anthony Griffiths-Junior, Anthony
Smith, Fabian Smith, Fabian
Grayson, Ashley Grayson, Ashley
Dixon, Kyle Dixon, Kyle
Wiggins-Thomas, Reuben Wiggins-Thomas, Reuben
Grantham, Courey Grantham, Courey
Basford United
  • 1. Jake Wood
  • 2. Robert Darkin
  • 3. Robbie McNicholas
  • 4. Dion Miekle
  • 5. Mason Rowley
  • 6. Anthony Griffiths-Junior
  • 7. Fabian Smith
  • 8. Ashley Grayson
  • 9. Kyle Dixon
  • 10. Reuben Wiggins-Thomas
  • 11. Courey Grantham
  • 12. Jack Duffy
  • 13. Rhys Myers
  • 14. Eugen Bopp

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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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