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Basford United
Tividale
F Smith (12'), C Grantham (41'), S Hendrie (77'), R Wiggins-Thomas (82')
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Sat 19 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - First Division South Attendance 76

Basford work hard to see off Tividale (VIDEO NOW POSTED)

Basford responded in perfect fashion to bounce back from Tuesdays loss to Lincoln with a hard working win at home to Tividale.

VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED ON OUR BASFORD TV PAGE BY CLICKING THE FOLLOWING LINK https://youtu.be/a-79Uw91XZc

On a spring like afternoon Martin Carruthers was absent Kyle Dixon who suffered a reaction to a recent injury and with Eugene Bopp serving the final game of a 3 match suspension then the United engine room was a little banged up.
A fast paced start saw chances for Ash Grayson and Cory Grantham brought a fine save from visiting keeper Thomas Turner. Any lingering disappointments from Tuesday were quickly erased as Fabian Smith marked a fine performance with a strike to open the scoring on 12 minutes Basford looked pretty comfortable although a few early warning bells from some quick Tividale strikers. The pattern of the game could have changed dramatically on 35min as Tividale were gifted the equaliser by a rare mistake in the United rearguard that saw Chris Sterling gallop clear and hauled down from behind. The official awarded a penalty that should have been a free kick as the offence was outside the box, but United waited with worry as to what card the official would brandish which thankfully was a yellow for Rob Darkin although he was clear last man. Chris Sterling took the spot kick and coolly sent Saul Denney the wrong way to level the scores at 1-1.Next up a blow for our banged up midfield saw Anthony Griffiths Junior limp off early but the blow was softened by the return of Jermaine Hollis who was given his 1st meaningful involvement after returning from a long layoff. United responded perfectly to go back in front on 41 minutes. Good build up saw Reuben Wiggins-Thomas play in Cory Grantham to power home for the HT advantage 2-1.
2nd period it was important Basford did,nt let Tividale hang about too long and after Dion Miekle fired over from point blank. Basford needed a 2 goal cushion but had to wait until 77 minutes for that all important goal. This one saw Ash Grayson play in Stuart Hendrie who clinically beat the keeper for 3-1. The visitors though would not go down without a fight and on 80 minutes substitute Desean Martin coolly lifted over Saul Deeney after been given a sight of goal for 3-2 and the potential of a nervy last 10 minutes. Thankfully for Basford this was averted as Cory Grantham put over a fine cross that saw a majestic header from Reuben Wiggins-Thomas restore the 2 goal margin at 4-2. This was the final action of the day and made the more important given the slip ups of our nearest playoff rivals Lincoln, Leek Town and Chasetown who all dropped points on the day.
FT 4-2
Hardworking win this one typified by a fine display from Fabian Smith who was a worthy MOM for a display capped with a goal.Fine return to form for Rueben Wiggins-Thomas.
With no midweek game United now will gear up for the Easter weekend period of games that sees Goole Town visit Greenwich Avenue on Sat followed by Basford travelling to local rivals Carlton Town on Easter Monday.

Fabian Smith

Player of the Match

Fabian Smith

Key moments

12:00
Goal Fabian Smith scores for Basford United
41:00
Goal Courey Grantham scores for Basford United
77:00
Goal Stuart Hendrie scores for Basford United
82:00
Goal Reuben Wiggins-Thomas scores for Basford United

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Fabian Smith is awarded player of the match for Basford United
82:00 Assist
Courey Grantham makes an assist for Basford United
82:00 Goal 4 - 0
Reuben Wiggins-Thomas scores for Basford United
77:00 Assist
Ashley Grayson makes an assist for Basford United
77:00 Goal 3 - 0
Stuart Hendrie scores for Basford United
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 2 - 0
Courey Grantham scores for Basford United
41:00 Assist
Reuben Wiggins-Thomas makes an assist for Basford United
37:00 Sub Off
Anthony Griffiths-Junior is substituted off for Basford United
37:00 Sub On
Jermaine Hollis is substituted on for Basford United
35:00 Yellow Card
Robert Darkin is yellow carded for Basford United
12:00 Assist
Reuben Wiggins-Thomas makes an assist for Basford United
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Fabian Smith scores for Basford United
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Basford United
  • Tividale
  • 0
  • Reuben Wiggins-Thomas Assist 12:00'
  • Fabian Smith Goal 12:00'
  • Robert Darkin Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Anthony Griffiths-Junior Sub Off 37:00'
  • Jermaine Hollis Sub On 37:00'
  • Reuben Wiggins-Thomas Assist 41:00'
  • Courey Grantham Goal 41:00'
  • Ashley Grayson Assist 77:00'
  • Stuart Hendrie Goal 77:00'
  • Courey Grantham Assist 82:00'
  • Reuben Wiggins-Thomas Goal 82:00'

Team selection

Deeney, Saul Deeney, Saul
McNicholas, Robbie McNicholas, Robbie
Miekle, Dion Miekle, Dion
Rowley, Mason Rowley, Mason
Darkin, Robert Darkin, Robert
Griffiths-Junior, Anthony Griffiths-Junior, Anthony
Grayson, Ashley Grayson, Ashley
Smith, Fabian Smith, Fabian
Wiggins-Thomas, Reuben Wiggins-Thomas, Reuben
Grantham, Courey Grantham, Courey
Hendrie, Stuart Hendrie, Stuart
Basford United

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# 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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