Defeat at Basford United dents Chasetown FC’s play-off hopes

Chasetown FC’s play-off hopes were dented by a 2-0 defeat at Basford United.

Robert Darkin puts Basford in front. Pic: Dave Birt

Robert Darkin puts Basford in front. Pic: Dave Birt

The Scholars started brightly and an early chance fell to Stan Mugisha whose first time volley was well held by home keeper Jake Wood.

Leading scorer Paul Sullivan then drove a shot a whisker wide inside the first quarter of the game.

The hosts took the lead against the run of the early play. Courey Grantham powered a header against the crossbar and Rob Darkin bundled home.

Richard Davies on the ball. Pic: Dave Birt

Richard Davies on the ball. Pic: Dave Birt

Wood had a lucky escape at the end of the half, miskicking a through ball but Mugisha was unable to capitalise and the United defence cleared.

Richard Davies was denied by a brilliant save at the start of the second period from Wood from the Chase midfielder’s volley.

Chasetown continued to push for an equaliser and Jono Gould’s in swinging corner was headed goalwards by Ryan Wynter and deflected onto the crossbar.

Basford doubled their lead in the 80th minute. Kyle Dixon forced a brilliant save from John Bateman but Ruben Wiggins-Thomas followed up to smash the ball home.

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