Baston booked themselves a place in the Intermediate Shield final with a 3-2 win over Ketton Reserves at The Goat Pen on Saturday.
After last weekend’s 3-0 defeat in the PFA Cup semi-final new manager Leighton Atkin demanded a vast improvement.
Baston started the better, but soon Ketton got on the front foot getting the ball wide and in behind the Baston backline, creating a couple of half chances in the process.
It was from a long ball that caused confusion in the Ketton backline that Baston opened the scoring.
Ant Garmory showed composure in front of goal to slide past the onrushing keeper.
Baston led 1-0 and it remained this way until half time, albeit Garmory had a second opportunity to all but kill the game off but the keeper saved the one-on-one on that occasion.
Baston introduced Greg Rawlinson at half-time and changed the formation slightly, it almost immediately paid dividends as Rawlinson went through one-on-one with the visiting keeper, but his shot was well saved.
Baston were then on the back foot as Ketton threw everything at them, the defence holding firm with Ciaran Reynolds, Dan Flood and Laz Stewart all playing well.
In the space of five minutes Baston found themselves 2-1 down. A tap in at the far post after good work down the right flank allowed Ketton to equalise, and before Baston could draw breath they were 2-1 down when a thunderbolt effort from 20 yards, after the ball had been partially cleared, flew into the net beyond stranded keeper Shaun Dennis.
With 25 minutes to go Baston introduced Troy Waters, pushing Rawlinson further forward.
A ball down the middle from Flood set Rawlinson off and he duly lobbed the Ketton keeper from 25 yards to level the game at 2-2.
Baston now with the wind in their sails set out to win the game in normal time, Ketton being pushed back at every opportunity.
Tom Horton and Reynolds both had efforts from distance well saved before match winner Rawlinson once again popped up in the Ketton box to slide home the winning goal.
Baston move on to the final and will face Wittering.
Manager Atkin said he was pleased with the performance and the lads showed a willingness to buy into the tactical awareness of the new gaffa.
Baston FC XI: Shaun Dennis, James Ward, Tom Horton, Laz Stewart, Dan Flood, Ciaran Reynolds, Scott Collins, Ross O’Loughlin, Liam Davies (Greg Rawlinson), Ant Garmory (Troy Waters), Matt Medler. Unused Sub: Paulo Tolomeo