Basford secure a good home victory v Gresley (VIDEO ON LINE)
By Chris Munroe
A good day for Basford saw a much appreciated 3 home points secured via an efficient workmanlike performance to defeat a hardworking Gresley 2-0
Dion Miekle and a late OG accounted for the goals in today’s game as Basford move just outside of the playoff zone on goal difference.
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With the pitch in superb condition but really wet especially down the middle, then it would not be a flowing Basford performance today, as the game was won in trenches as opposed to our usual fast flowing style.
Squad wise manager Martin Carruthers introduced new signing Anthony Griffiths Junior. New loan signing Kyle Dixon failed to pass a fitness test so was not in the squad. With Rob Darkin and Eugene Bopp and Rhys Myers available again after missing recent games, then United went with its probable strongest 16 in quite a long time despite still having 6 on the treatment table.
The game really had a little as a spectacle for a good 30 minutes with the official not really enlightening himself to both sets of supporters with some strange decisions including penalties waived off, and letting too many challenges pass unpunished to set the tempo for the day. Despite the award of several free kicks on the edge of the visitors box United failed to make any count. The only real chance of note was via Stuart Hendrie, who is showing he is getting his mojo back. Hendrie showed good footwork to get a good strike off, deflected inches over on 17 min. The opening goal finally arrived on 32 minutes and it came from an unlikely source.Dion Miekle deep in the box volleyed home Blair Andersons precise cross from 6 yards for 1-0 and what was to be the half time score.
Second period and the visitors going down the slope came out with better purpose but United always looked capable of springing on the counter. 60 Minutes nice work from the impressive Griffiths- Junior who had a fine debut, set up Billy Bennett to bring the save from visiting keeper Peet. Moments later and United really felt hard done to as the match official waved off what looked a stone wall penalty on 62 minutes. A defender challenging from behind made no contact with the ball but felled Hendrie in the box, once again the match official waived this one off to the dismay of United players and home supporters. After Peet had saved from a Miekle header the visitors had a good 10-minute spell that could have brought them level. The best chance was on 65 minutes when a mistake in the United rear-guard letting a well placed ball fine its target & the subsequent cross saw a well-placed strikers goal bound effort brilliantly diverted wide by a United player for a corner when he had an open goal to aim at. With Gresley gaining heart a free kick on 70 minutes could have caught out United keeper Saul Deeney, but despite a slight fumble he recovered to claim the ball on the line. 72 minutes a deep cross was volleyed over at the back post. United though are at the best on the counter, which is probably why our away record is so good, and two brilliant crosses from Corey Grantham and Anthony Griffiths Junior begged to be touched home. Finally, the 2nd arrived on 85 minutes to prevent thoughts turning back two weeks to Carlton in those dying moments. Again it was a fast break away that saw a fine low cross from Corey Grantham touched home for an unfortunate OG and 2-0. If any consolation for the defender its likely Wiggins-Thomas would have netted at the back stick as it was a perfectly weighted cross from Grantham. With the 2 goal cushion the game was won but United still needed Saul Deeney to pull off two fine 1 on 1 blocks that could have made it interesting if one had been converted. It wasn’t to be though for Gresley and the points safely belonged to Basford.
A double over Gresley and no goals conceded is no mean feat and one we could have only dreamed about when looking up to this Evo-Stik league last season from the MFL. The reality is Basford are now well equipped to mount a considerable Play off push and with new additions in the bag and potentially an intriguing return on the cards, then it looks very promising . Special word for the two signings Mason Rowley and Anthony Griffiths-Junior who both showed up very well today in a hard working team display.
With attendances soaring then the club are extremely grateful that this support base is embracing the team and proving a massive inspiration.