Basford Beaten At Witton

Witton Albion 2-0 Basford United (Northern Premier League) 03.10.20

Basford United suffered their second away defeat in the league as they were beaten 2-0 by Witton Albion.

Steve Chettle’s side conceded two goal in the opening 10 minutes as they started slowly. Lewis Carr was unfortunate to head over ‘keeper Kieran Preston before Steve McNulty put in a corner just minutes later. Basford then rallied but were unable to find a goal to spark a fight back.

Basford United looked to start quickly with some good passing but they were two behind in the opening 10 minutes. Carr’s header back to ‘keeper Kieran Preston looped over him and despite his best efforts to keep it out, nestled in the bottom corner. It was soon 2-0 as McNulty turned in a corner from close range.

The hosts were then fortunate that they had all 11 players on the pitch. Scott Bakkor barged into referee Darren Starin after a conversation with the official. Instead he received a talking to from the official.

Steve Chettle’s side grew into the game and were almost back into the contest on 21 minutes with two quick efforts. Kane Richards did well to create some space and force Chris Renshaw into a good stop before Ryan Wilson’s driven effort from range was held by the Witton ‘keeper. The hosts’ ‘keeper was called into action just after the half hour mark but he was again equal to the effort from Alex Howes.

Basford then had a big penalty shout as Kyle Dixon was taken out inside the area but nothing was given and up the other end Billy Smart fired over as the score stayed at 2-0 at the break.

The start of the second half saw Witton come close through Regan Griffiths but his effort was deflected wide by Carr, after the central defender went close himself from a corner up the other end.

It was then one-way traffic as Basford searched for a way back into the game. A succession of corners seemed to off them that chance but the Witton back line managed to get the ball clear on each occasion. The game then seemed to drift with Basford controlling proceedings but failed to create any real chances, their only opportunity coming as Wayde Hines fired wide.

Witton did have a couple of chances later on to extend their advantage but Preston was at his best to keep out Smart and then stop the resulting corner. Up the other end Witton players were throwing themselves at everything as Danny McKenna blocked Richards effort as the hosts hung on to all three points.

Witton Albion: Renshaw, Baldwin, McKenna, Wardle, McNulty, Ryan, Griffiths, Smart, Bakkor (Hooper 69), Jones, Owens.

Basford United: Preston, Roma, Wilson, Thornhill, Galinski, Carr, Richards, Chettle, James (Towle 84), Dixon (Hines 61), Howes (Carvell 58).

Venue: Wincham Park (246)

Harry Worgan

*Article provided by Harry Worgan (Basford United Correspondent).

*Main image @Basfordutdfc Kyle Dixon in the rain at Witton.

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