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L Hearn (12'), J Reid (77')
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Mon 20 Nov 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 241

Daniels Lose Out To Leaders

The Daniels were left to rue the fine line between victory and defeat as they ran runaway Evo-Stik League Division One table-toppers Basford United close in a cracking contest on Monday night.

Despite falling behind to Liam Hearn's 12th minute opener, the Daniels got back on level terms before the break through a classy Jon Challinor strike.

They then went close on several occasions to taking the lead which would have threatened to end Basford's unbeaten start to the season.
However, a loss of possession in midfield with 13 minutes remaining saw James Reid win the ball and then rifle home a stunning strike as Basford stretched their unbeaten start to 17 league games much to the frustration of Stamford boss Graham Drury.

He said: "We have played well enough to have got something out of the game, but one mistake has then cost us.
"Their keeper has made a couple of great saves when it was 1-1 and those are the very fine margins between us getting three points or not.
"We have more than matched a side who are top of the table and I'm frustrated we haven't taken our chances to beat them.
"I'm really gutted because that's the fifth team we have played who have said afterwards we're the best side they've come up against, but we have again come away without any points.
"We've shaded the better chances, we've had better possession and the majority of the game and should have taken something out of it.
"I couldn't have asked for any more from the players and I'm always encouraged by what they give me.
"We've played well, everyone has given maximum effort with eight-out-of-ten performances so I'm disappointed to be going away without getting a result."

Basford United - 20th November 2017
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With striker Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson sidelined with the injury sustained in Saturday's win over Kidsgrove, Pearson Mwanyongo regained his place up front alongside Sam Hollis while Liam Adams was named on the bench after returning on loan until the end of the season from National League North side Boston United.

The hosts made the brighter start on their slick 3G surface and Kieran Wells hit the crossbar early on with a header while Ashley Grayson sent another effort just over.

Basford's long throws were causing Stamford problems and the Daniels were unable to deal with a 12th minute delivery that saw former Grimsby Town striker Hearn hook home the opening goal at the back post.

Stamford responded well to going behind though and Ben George saw a low goalbound shot deflected wide after a period of Daniels pressure.

The equaliser came nine minutes before half-time when Eliot Putnam guided a header into the path of Challinor who steered home a superb first-time finish into the bottom corner.

Both sides created decent openings after the break, but it was the Daniels who shaded the more clear-cut chances.

Adams almost made an immediate impact when he replaced Mwanyongo only to see home goalkeeper Saul Deeney produce a superb finger-tip save to kept out his curling effort that looked destined for the bottom corner.

Deeney, who once kept a clean sheet in the FA Cup for Burton Albion against a Manchester United side that featured Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, then came to the fore again to deny the Daniels.

Substitute Jordan Smith robbed a home defender but, with just Deeney to beat, the Basford custodian was equal to the test and palmed away the Stamford skipper's strike.

Basford were also a threat going forward though with ex-Daniel loanee Rob Duffy heading wide from close range when well placed at the back post.

Joe Burgess and Putman then both combined to produce a couple of decisive goalline blocks before the hosts grabbed the all-important winner with 13 minutes remaining.

Reid robbed Challinor in the centre of the park and then took a couple of strides forward before unleashing a sizzling strike from outside the box that flew into the top corner.

Reid then rattled the post with a low strike as Stamford were forced to push more men forward in search of an equaliser.
A couple of late raids on the home goal were repelled by the Basford back line though as Stamford fell narrowly short in their quest to become the first side to beat their Nottinghamshire hosts in the league this season.

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Key moments

Goal Liam Hearn scores for Basford United
Goal Jon Challinor scores for Stamford
Goal James Reid scores for Basford United

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Basford United - 20th November 2017
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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Rob Morgan is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 +4:00 Yellow Card
Fernando Bell-Toxtile is yellow carded for Basford United
90:00 +4:00 Saved Shot
Eliot Putman has a shot saved for Stamford
82:00 Blocked Shot
81:00 Sub Off
Jon Challinor is substituted off for Stamford
81:00 Sub On
Stefan Broccoli is substituted on for Stamford
78:00 Missed Shot
Eliot Putman misses a shot for Stamford
77:00 Goal 2 - 1
James Reid scores for Basford United
73:00 Saved Shot
Jordan Smith has a shot saved for Stamford
70:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Smith is yellow carded for Stamford
70:00 Yellow Card
Robert Duffy is yellow carded for Basford United
67:00 Sub Off
Sam Hollis is substituted off for Stamford
67:00 Sub On
Jordan Smith is substituted on for Stamford
63:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Basford United
62:00 Sub On
Robert Duffy is substituted on for Basford United
62:00 Sub Off
Liam Hearn is substituted off for Basford United
58:00 Missed Shot
Liam Adams misses a shot for Stamford
56:00 Sub Off
Pearson Mwanyongo is substituted off for Stamford
56:00 Sub On
Liam Adams is substituted on for Stamford
53:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Basford United
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jon Challinor scores for Stamford
31:00 Yellow Card
Liam Hearn is yellow carded for Basford United
25:00 Yellow Card
Joe Burgess is yellow carded for Stamford
20:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Stamford
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Liam Hearn scores for Basford United
9:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Basford United
8:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Basford United
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As it happened

  • Basford United
  • Stamford
  • 0
  • Liam Hearn Goal 12:00'
  • Joe Burgess Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Liam Hearn Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Jon Challinor Goal 37:00'
  • Pearson Mwanyongo Sub Off 56:00'
  • Liam Adams Sub On 56:00'
  • Robert Duffy Sub On 62:00'
  • Liam Hearn Sub Off 62:00'
  • Sam Hollis Sub Off 67:00'
  • Jordan Smith Sub On 67:00'
  • Jordan Smith Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Robert Duffy Yellow Card 70:00'
  • James Reid Goal 77:00'
  • Jon Challinor Sub Off 81:00'
  • Stefan Broccoli Sub On 81:00'
  • Fernando Bell-Toxtile Yellow Card 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
George, Ben George, Ben
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Burgess, Joe Burgess, Joe
Gordon, Delroy Gordon, Delroy
Putman, Eliot Putman, Eliot
Challinor, Jon Challinor, Jon
Morgan, Rob Morgan, Rob
Mwanyongo, Pearson Mwanyongo, Pearson
Hollis, Sam Hollis, Sam
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Basford United
  • 1. Saul Deeney
  • 2. Ashley Gregson
  • 3. Connor Bartle
  • 4. Jerry Nash
  • 5. Deon Meikle
  • 6. Dominic Roma
  • 7. Fernando Bell-Toxtile
  • 8. Kieran Fenton
  • 9. Keiran Wells
  • 10. Liam Hearn
  • 11. James Reid
  • 12. Harry Wakefield
  • 13. Aidan Austin
  • 14. Joe Harrison
  • 15. Danny Brown
  • 16. Robert Duffy


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# Team Pl Pts
1. Basford United 42 100
2. Alvechurch 42 85
3. Frickley Athletic 42 82
4. Bedworth United 42 74
5. Chasetown 42 73
6. Stamford 42 71
7. Leek Town 42 68

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