In a pre-season friendly clash, played on a perfect, fast and greasy home pitch, United’s youngsters were able to register a really strong performance against a Football League academy side and we’re helped along by a superb hat-trick from striker Cory Grantham, which would have done his first team selection chances no harm at all.
The pick of Grantham’s three strikes was a thunderbolt, curling, 25 yard free kick into the top right-hand corner of the United goal.
Sheffield did equalise on two occasions, one being a well struck penalty just beating the grasp of the diving Keaton Sharp in goal to make sure the game was all square at half time but Basford pulled away in the second half thanks to two further strikes.
Strong performances from the likes of McNicholas, Hellewelle, Tabreham and Crossman in defence provided a strong platform, whilst creativity from Oates and Wood provided ammunition for the power and pace of Grantham and Smith in attack.
This rapidly developing, young group of players are utilising an expansive style of football, with some fine passing and sharp movement, playing through the lines of opponents and carving out many chances.
With just two weeks to go before the Under-21 Midland Football League kicks off, there are very promising signs of young talent emerging from within the club, who are now knocking on the door of the first team.