Evo-Stik League First Division South - Basford United 2 Spalding United 2
Spalding United are still searching for their first league victory on the road after letting a lively and athletic Basford United side off the hook on Tuesday evening.
In an excellent fast and exciting encounter in Nottinghamshire, the Tulips were very much in control throughout but paid the penalty of allowing their hosts two sloppy goals with the second equaliser coming just 10 minutes from full-time.
Josh Moreman was a huge influence for the Tulips in attack and scored their two goals with blistering shots in the 28th and 44th minutes to take his tally so far this season to seven.
He was involved in the build-up for Spalding’s first meaningful attempt to break down the home defence, linking with Adam Millson and Dan Banister to create an opening for Michael Frew whose shot lacked power and was comfortably saved by Saul Deeney.
Minutes later Deeney did well to collect the ball at the foot of a post following a deflection off team-mate Ashley Grayson.
The goalkeeper, however, was well beaten by a Moreman thunderbolt following some neat play by Nialle Rodney and a flick-on by Frew.
At the other end Michael Duggan produced a cat-like save to deny Courey Grantham but just two minutes later he collided with Ross Watson inside the six-yard area which resulted in the unfortunate defender turning the ball into his own net to provide Basford with an equalising goal.
With the Tulips continuing to pull the majority of strings, parity was restored with Moreman on the end of another precision pass from Rodney.
Ten minutes into the second period the Tulips had the ball in the home net again – Nathan Stainfield powering in a header at the far post from Neal’s Spafford cross but the effort was ruled out for offside.
A great attacking move, instigated by the exciting Rodney, ended with Deeney plucking the ball just inside a top angle of the woodwork to deny Adam Millson.
The home team put in a determined effort in the closing stages, testing the Tulips’ defence to the full, and took advantage of some sloppy play in the six-yard area following a free-kick to which Rhys Myers applied the final touch to level the scores.
With the minutes ticking away Watson and substitutes Charley Sanders and Dan Lawlor all had slight chances to restore the Tulips’ lead.
Spalding: Duggan, Watson, Jackson, Spafford, Stainfield, Murphy, Banister, Millson (sub Sanders 73 mins), Frew (sub Lawlor 73 mins), Rodney, Moreman. Subs not used: Waumsley, Walker.