Hames levels late for Baston

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BASTON had an early opportunity of revenge against their Division Four rivals, King’s Cliffe Reserves after last week’s 3-1 defeat away from home.

Baston had the ball in the net in the first half when Mantas Buivydas slotted past the Kings Cliffe keeper only for the Baston man to be flagged offside.

Buivydas was busy down the right and smashed the post from a tight angle soon after.

Kings Cliffe’s best chance came as a mix-up between the Baston centre halves led to their striker running clear but he blazed over the bar. Baston started the second half strongly but gave away a free-kick on the edge of their area. Rob Clarke was setting his wall as the player took the shot on which beat him at his far post, with Clarke unprepared and unaware of his bearings.

The goal sparked Baston in to life and Scott Waters forced a great save from the Cliffe keeper.

With Baston pushing for an equaliser, it was left to the defence to keep the King’s Cliffe counter attacks at bay and, led by linchpin Liam Davies and Justas Poderis, they cleared all danger that came their way.

At the other end, Baston had a call for a penalty as Buivydas seemed to be hauled down by the keeper after he’d dispossessed him, and it seemed Baston would be denied.

But with just seconds left, substitute Craig Bullivant’s effort was smothered behind and Tom Hames, on his debut, found the net when Ben Hudson headed the corner back across the goalmouth.

Manager Phil Davies said: “After our battering at the hands of Woodston Dynamos two weeks ago, we’ve improved in both games against King’s Cliffe Reserves. It is hard to take that we’ve only managed a point from two games which we could, and should have won.”