In a game of few chances in difficult conditions it was Baston’s battling ways and solid defending which eventually saw them to victory against a well drilled Oundle side.
The first half saw Baston dominate possession and create several opportunities with Haydn Rice missing a chance which would have been easier to score and seeing another effort well saved.
Dan Smith and Tom Horton both had half chances and Ciaron Reynolds headed over after a Troy Waters freekick was pushed onto the bar by the Oundle keeper.
The only goal of the half, and indeed the game came from a Waters’ corner.
On 22 minutes the ball was swung in and following a scramble in the box the ball dropped to Tom Horton to slide it beyond the Oundle keeper.
Baston went in at the break with the narrow 1-0 lead.
The second half was even less eventful with Oundle dominating possession but never testing Davies in the Baston goal.
Indeed Davies did not have a save to make in the entire game.
Baston could and should have put the game to bed but Horton’s shot was well saved after good work from substitute Will Quigley.
In the last moments of the game replacement Martin Holyoake was brought down in the penalty box, causing the referee to point to the spot.
However Reynolds ballooned his spot kick effort over the bar.
By this point Oundle were down to 10 men after a petulant kick saw the defender see red and take an early shower.
The final score was 1-0 and whilst the performance was below par from Baston, the determination and commitment to the cause was there for all to see.
Baston returned to the top of the PDFL Divsion Two with the win after Langtoft surprisingly lost 5-1 against ICA A.
Dan Smith picked up the man of the match plaudits.
The game was Baston’s first performance without player/manager Ross O’Loughlin who handed over the reins due to work and personal commitments last week.
Club secretary Phil Davies has taken over as 1st team manager until an appointment is made.
Baston FC XI: Liam Davies, James Ward (James Markham), Dan Smith, Ciaran Reynolds (C), Jason Gough, Tom Horton, Scott Collins, Simon Ward, Haydn Rice (Will Quigley), Ant Garmory (Troy Waters / Laz Stewart), Matt Medler (Martin Holyoake)