Substitute Marcus Marshall struck 12 minutes from time to give Basford United a 1-0 win over Nantwich Town at the Optimum Pay Stadium.

The Dabbers had both Matthew Gould and Dan Cockerline making their full debuts after signing earlier in the week, and they along with the team started well.

Cockerline was using his 6ft4 frame to good effect, and headed over from a corner, having been turned backwards he was unable to steer it on target.

The dangerous Kane Richards threatened early on for Basford and it took good defending from Matty Devine to clear for Nantwich.

Richards had another opening a bit later and Gould did well to block with his feet.

James Lawrie then had an opportunity but could only hit straight at Adam Collin as both teams started to cancel each other out.

Cockerline got the break of the ball and charged forwards on the stroke of half-time, he had the option of squaring for Caspar Hughes but chose to shoot on his own and Collin palmed behind in what was the Dabbers’ best chance of the half.

In the second half, Basford started to show why they were on a 5-match winning streak, with Terry Hawkridge dominating the midfield in particular.

And Hawkridge brought out a great save from Gould on the hour mark, curling a fine effort towards the top corner but it was turned behind well (pictured below by Jonathan White)

Basford top scorer Rev James had the ball in the net but was correctly flagged offside after just going beyond Joel Stair.

Stair was a decent source of creativity from his right back position, on a couple of occasions he tried to pick out Joe Mwasile who took up station on the back post but Basford handled that threat well.

The visitors were exerting more and more pressure on a retreating Dabbers back line and it paid off in the last 15 minutes.

The excellent Richards won a free kick on the edge of the box, after cutting in on to his favoured right foot. Looking back at the highlights (which you can watch on our homepage), the Dabbers were perhaps fortunate that it wasn’t a penalty as the foul looked to be on the 18-yard line.

But in the end it didn’t matter, as Ryan Wilson ran over the ball, Hawkridge hit low and Gould could only push it out for the sub Marshall to bundle in just five minutes after coming on (pictured below courtesy Jonathan White)

Ben Harrison had a decent late chance to equalise after Gould went for a header when coming up for an injury time corner, the ball bouncing out to him but he was off balance and it skewed wide of the top corner.

So 1-0 it ended with Basford making it six wins in a row and Nantwich now 5 without victory, but a chance to remedy things on Tuesday against a Grantham side we have already beaten this season.

Teams

Nantwich Town: Gould, J. Stair, Devine, Harrison, Langley, Sy, Lawrie (Haywood, 81), Hughes, Cockerline (Heath, 72), Cooke, Mwasile (Montefiori, 54)

Subs not used: Bourne, T. Stair

Basford United: Collin, Betts, Wilson, Roma, Gascoigne, Dunn, Hawkridge, Thornhill (Howes, 88), O’Connor (Scott, 81), Richards, James (Marshall, 73)

Subs not used: Pierrepoint, Galinski

Goal: Marshall (78)

Attendance: 244