United Youngsters Frustrated In Carlton Cup Tie
Basford were knocked out of the League Cup on Wednesday, with a young side losing by a 2-1 scoreline, to local rivals Carlton Town at Stoke Lane.
A late lifeline goal from Reuben Wiggin-Thomas on 71 minutes look to have rescued some hope for a United side, who were 2-0 down but it was the hosts who progressed to the next round and took home the local bragging rights.
Martin Carruthers no doubt had one eye on the forthcoming FA Trophy tie at Warrington Town, as he dropped Wiggins-Thomas, Jermaine Hollis, Ben Hutchinson and Eugen Bopp to the bench, opting for youthful look to his staring eleven with right-back Kofi Hellewell making his first team debut, whilst defender Jheryl Pickbourne and striker Umar Ismael made their first starts for United.
Stuart Hendrie also made a welcome return to the forward line, after missing the last two months through injury.
Young forward Jack Duffy was selected among the first team substitutes, for the first time this season.
A miscued clearance from the Carlton keeper after just two minutes, almost gifted Ismael an early opener but the young forward’s effort went wide, after he was more than a little surprised to find the ball at his feet.
On 9 minutes, Ashley Grayson then tried his luck with a well-struck an effort from 30 yards but the midfielder’s well-struck effort just whizzed over the crossbar.
Set pieces proved to be Basford’s undoing on the night, as 6 minutes later, the home side took the lead from a free-kick swung in from the right, with Deeney failing to make a connection with the ball leaving a Carlton player free to head home, as he rose above the stranded United defence.
Cory Grantham almost responded immediately for Basford with another long-range effort, which was almost a carbon copy of Grayson’s earlier effort but sadly ending with the same result.
As the half wore on, United were starting to show some real attacking endeavour attacking play, as Grayson found some space just inside the home box on 28 minutes but could not find the target, shooting a yard wide of the post.
On 35 minutes, Carruthers was then sent to the stands by referee Nicholas Hopton, after the United boss had a few choice words with the match official, regarding a series of Carlton challenges in the midfield area.
Basford’s best chance of the half fell to Grantham on 41 minutes, after he cut into the box and fired inches wide of the keeper’s far post.
Blair Anderson’s free-kick on 43 minutes, which fell straight into the keeper’s arms was the last action of a half, which United would have been counting themselves unlucky to be behind, having had the better chances to score.
A bright start to the second half from Basford, saw a powerful header well-saved by the Carlton keeper just 4 minutes in but as the half continued, United seemed to lose their impetus and the hosts took full advantage of this on 66 minutes when they made it 2-0, after ball delivered from a corner kick broke loose inside the box and was then blasted through the legs of Deeney from close range.
Substitute Wiggins-Thomas then halved the deficit five minutes later, after the hitman pounced on a mistimed headed ball back to the Town keeper, to blast the ball into an empty net and put United right back into the game.
Many inside the Bill Stokeld Stadium were then expecting an attacking onslaught from Basford in the final twenty minutes, as they looked for an equaliser but much to United’s frustration, the late push never really materialised.
The only real chance to level things up came on 78 minutes through Rob Darkin but the defender’s charge through midfield and shot from distance was always rising and Carlton were able to comfortably see out the game and secure their place in the Second Round.
Despite the disappointing defeat there were a number of positives to take from the game, with youngsters Hellewell, Pickbourne, Ismael and Duffy all not looking out of place at this level and all gaining valuable first team experience, which is sure to benefit the team as the season progresses and the players as individuals.
An FA Trophy away tie against Warrington Town now awaits Basford (3pm kick-off) and it is sure to be a very different line-up that runs out to face the Premier Division side on Saturday afternoon.
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