Title favourites enjoy narrow win against Dynamo
A spirited display saw Dynamo fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat to league title favourites Basford United on a balmy bank holiday Monday.
The decisive moment came after 11 minutes when full-back Ashley Grayson rose unmarked from a corner to head past Charlie Taylor in the Dynamo goal.
However, the home side had their goalkeeper Saul Deeney to thank for holding on to all three points, after the former Notts County stopper produced an outstanding save to deny Luke Smithson late on.
Basford started the game strongly and by the time they scored the opener, the home side had already gone close on several occasions.
Striker Kieran Wells went close after two minutes with an attempted lob from the edge of the area, before Dynamo left back Louis Keenan made a wonderful sliding challenge to deny James Reid a clean strike on goal.
Basford did have the ball in the net after 7 minutes following a corner, but the referee correctly ruled the goal out for a strong challenge on Taylor.
Dynamo did not heed the warning, and for the second game in three days conceded following slack marking from a corner. Dynamo complained that their goalkeeper was impeded on the line, but the goal stood and it looked like it was going to be a difficult afternoon ahead for the away side.
Rather than allowing heads to drop Dynamo responded well, keeping possession and looking threatening down both wings through Smithson and Edilson Antonio. But without an out-an-out striker to aim out Dynamo struggled to create clear cut chances.
It wasn’t until the 31st minute that the away side managed to threaten the opposition goal, when a good ball from Keenan was headed goal wards by Antonio. Deeney saved comfortably and did so again four minutes later when another good cross from Keenan was headed on target by forward Sam Thorpe.
With Dynamo in search of an equaliser before half time they were susceptible to the counter attack and almost paid the price in added time, when midfielder Jared Holmes gave away a free kick 25 yards from his own goal. Reid’s effort looked to be heading for the bottom corner, but Taylor managed to save brilliantly at full stretch.
Dynamo started the second half well, with full-backs Keenan and Luke Thorogood looking to join the attack, but it was Antonio who looked the most threatening, as he looked to cut inside from the right flank whenever possible.
Looking strong in possession and well organised defensively Dynamo, created a number of half chances in the early stages of the second half. But the game could have been out of sight following another Basford corner in the 71st minute.
A good ball in from Laurie Wilson found Wells unmarked in the six-yard box, but the strikers header could only rattle the cross bar. With the ball only half cleared, Basford put the ball back in the box, where Wells again escaped his marker before heading over when well placed.
After a Keenan free kick had forced Deeney into action the 64th minute, the goalkeeper produced the save of the game five minutes later. Following a good run from Antonio, Holmes produced a perfectly weighted pass for Smithson, who shot with his first touch towards the top corner. But Deeney reacted brilliantly to turn the goal bound shot over the bar.
With 10 minutes left, Dynamo pushed Ash Hodgkinson up front and sent a number of long balls into the box, but Basford held out under some heavy pressure to secure all three points.