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United Hold Robins To No Score Draw (Video now posted)

2 years ago By Simon Ball-McQueen

United held their Evo-Stik Premier Division neighbours Ilkeston FC to a creditable 0-0 draw in a pre-season clash at Greenwich Avenue on Tuesday night

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Chances were at a premium especially in the second half but despite Ilkeston boss Gavin Strachan naming a first team line-up, alongside a couple of unknown trialists, Basford produced a solid, team performance and will take a number of positives from the game, despite the lack of goal-scoring opportunities.

With the new season less than two-weeks away, United manager Martin Carruthers was able to name another strong squad and included last season’s top scorer Reuben Wiggins-Thomas named amongst the substitutes and making his first appearance of the pre-season after recovering from injury.

Inside the first two minutes, Robins’ keeper Evandro Rocina was called into action, making a good save to deny Rob McCormick’s close-range header.

Cory Grantham then miscued a half-chance on 31 minutes before the action quickly moved to the opposite end of the pitch, with Saul Deeney making a fine, flying save to deny Charlie Coulson’s effort, which was then closely followed by Jon Edwards putting a low shot just wide of Deeney’s left-hand post.

Grantham then almost put Basford in front in first-half stoppage time, after the former Ilkeston man’s cheeky lob just cleared the visitors’ crossbar and there was still time for Edwards to rattle United’s woodwork seconds later, with a fearsome shot from 25 yards out.

There was little incident to report after the break, with Deeney pouncing on a dithering Michael Williams on 72 minutes to deny the Robins a good chance at breaking the deadlock and the closest Basford came to ending the stalemate came three minutes later, when after some good work on the right-hand side of the field, Jake Wholey was unable to connect fully on the crossed ball, slicing the ball high and wide.

United’s thoughts now turn to their final pre-season fixture on Saturday afternoon, as Evo-Stik First Division North side Brighouse Town are the visitors to Greenwich Avenue. Kick off is at 3pm and admission prices are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Where next?

Wiggins-Thomas To Return For Visit Of Ilkeston Evo-Stik Premier Division side and Derbyshire-based neighbours Ilkeston FC are the visitors to Greenwich Avenue on Tuesday evening.
VIDEO: New Community Coach Liam Hearn excited for new season Basford United Striker and Community Coach Liam Hearn reflects back on last season while giving his thoughts ahead of the new campaign.


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