Basford Record Excellent Win At Spalding (Video Now Online)
Ruben Wiggins-Thomas was Basford United's hat trick hero as they twice came from behind to win 3-2 at Spalding United.
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It was a third successive away win in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South and an excellent win against one of the leading sides in the division.
Basford suffered a blow before the start when Billy Bennett, back in the side after injury and suspension, suffered an injury in the warm up. Jheryl Pickbourne moved up from the bench. Kyle Dixon, new loan signing from Boston United, started on the bench.
A lively opening on a difficult pitch saw Basford put a good move together with Eugen Bopp and Wiggins-Thomas prominent but they were unable to get a shot in, then Rob Darkin made a timely interception as Spalding came forward.
Ash Grayson sent in an 8th minute shot that home keeper Michael Duggan keeper touched on to the bar, the ball being scrambled away.
Bopp then charged down Duggan's kick out but it fell kindly for Spalding.
As the home side pressed Sam Murphy shot wide and after 15 minutes Basford had a let off when a left wing corner to the far post was knocked back across goal but Mitch Griffith's shot hit the side netting.
Griffiths then put in a dangerous cross from the left that was cleared by Darkin. Spalding's pressure was rewarded after 23 minutes as Jamie Graham met a pass from the left to slide the ball under Saul Deeney from twelve yards.
Graham shot wide on 31 minutes after a good move down the Spalding left flank and then Kweku Lucan fired across goal.
Ten minutes before half time Basford were forced into a change as Pickbourne, who had been struggling after a knock, was replaced by Dixon, who was immediately in action playing a through ball for Wiggins-Thomas to chase. The change, with Dixon operating in a central role, seemed to liven up the side and Bopp sent in a good high ball, but Wiggins-Thomas' header was held by Duggan.
The equaliser came two minutes from the break. Wiggins-Thomas was brought down by Neal Spafford and he picked himself up to confidently score from the spot.
As the second half started Blair Anderson fashioned the first chance bursting through on the left but his low cross was cleared.
The second Basford change of the day came on 49 minutes, Jack Duffy replacing Stuart Hendrie.
Two minutes later a good tackle by Fabian Smith halted Lucan, but from the resulting corner, home skipper Nathan Stainfield restored Spalding's lead with a powerful header.
As Basford came back both Bopp and Grayson had shots blocked, then on the hour Dixon beat Duggan to a high ball but his goalbound header was hacked clear by Stainfield.
Spalding's Dan Lawlor went clear, Darkin getting back well to block then Deeney pulled off a fine save from Paul Walker's shot.
It was anyone's game at this stage, but then it turned on two goals in three minutes.
On 71 Wiggins-Thomas levelled the scores for the second time with a low shot from the edge of the box and three minutes later he met Anderson's corner with a downwards header that keeper Duggan could only hold after it had crossed the goal line. There was initial confusion until the assistant confirmed with the referee that the goal was good.
The quickfire double seemed to take the sting out of the home side, who frequently fell foul of the offside trap and the impressive Darkin at the heart of the Basford defence. It might have been four, Wiggins-Thomas hitting the side netting and then being crowded out after a neat flick on by Anderson.
Basford team: Saul Deeney, Robbie McNicholas, Jheryl Pickbourne (Kyle Dixon 35), Fabian Smith, Rob Darkin, Dion Meikle, Stuart Hendrie (Jack Duffy 49), Ashley Grayson, Ruben Wiggins-Thomas, Eugen Bopp, Blair Anderson.
Subs not used: Billy Bennett, Jack Wood, Jake Wood