Clean sheet as Baston reach semis

Baston kept their first clean sheet of the season in their cup win against Riverside
Baston kept their first clean sheet of the season in their cup win against Riverside
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Baston 2 Riverside Rovers Res 0

PFA Minor Cup Quarter Final

DIVISION four leaders Baston took on division five leaders Riverside Rovers without several regulars but went on to keep their first clean sheet of the season.

Phil Davies’ re-jigged side started brightest with the Riverside keeper pulling off a great save to deny a rasping Tom Hames drive.

Riverside had some good early possession but most attacks were broken down by the determined Baston back line.

Baston had further chances to take the lead with Ben Hudson turning and firing wide from close range.

Baston were sharp on the counter attack and when a Riverside attack broke down, Mindy Valys sent a precise ball into the channel for Greg Rawlinson to race onto. He took it past a defender before crossing to the back post where Jono Howard volleyed home to make it 1-0 to the home side after 20 minutes.

Baston had chances to double their lead in the first half with Rawlinson’s pace a constant threat to the Riverside defence.

Just before half-time, Howard’s curling shot from outside the area seemed destined for the top corner but didn’t dip in time.

Baston went to a more defensive formation in the second half, trying to preserve their lead. They were still a threat going forward with Rawlinson firing wide and Bullivant forcing a great save from the keeper.

A rare defensive error led to a Riverside break but the shot was blocked well by young full back Ryan Jones.

Baston doubled their lead with 20 minutes to go. Great work from Bullivant set up Howard to slot in his second of the afternoon.

Baston remained strong until the end and surprisingly given their league position, recorded their first clean sheet of the season.

Manager Phil Davies said: “I’m proud of the lads today. They worked really hard and no-one had a bad game. We beat a side that could have easily caused an upset so I’m delighted with that.”

Baston: Mick Lloyd, James Simpson, Justas Poderis, Mindy Valys, Ryan Jones, James Ward (Jacob Parkin), Tom Hames, Ben Hudson, Jono Howard, Craig Bullivant, Greg Rawlinson

Man of the Match: Craig Bullivant