Baston FC’s life in the PDFL Division One could not have started worse, with less than five minutes on the clock Coates Athletic burst clear of the Baston back line down the left flank and squared for the forward to tap home from close range.
From there on in it would be an uphill struggle for the Goats who went on to lose 4-2
However it was a much better story on Wednesday night when Baston beat local rivals Langtoft Reserves 4-0.
Matt Medler struck twice and Tom Horton and Scott Waters also got on the scoresheet for the Goats.
On Saturday Baston grew into the tie, settling on the ball well and started to get their passing game going. Greg Rawlinson was a constant threat down the left and caused trouble for his marker every time he ran at him. Baston came close to an equaliser from a Rawlinson run and centre, only for Coates to scramble the ball clear.
It was a mistake which allowed Coates the time to make it 2-0 on 20 minutes, Baston making difficulty for themselves by overplaying in their own final third.
Just before half time Baston halved the deficit, a Rawlinson run and cross found substitute Jimmy Younghusband to latch onto the cross and notch his first of the season from close range. The front man returning from a season long injury in good form.
After the break another mistake cost Baston dearly, Ben Cowles was unable to find his man and allowed Coates to capitalise and make it 3-1.
Shortly after, Cowles almost made amends for his error by bursting clear of the Coates back line and appeared to score a goal to bring the game back to life for the visitors, only for the referee and assistant to miss the ball going over the line by two yards. Coates seized on this and from a misplaced pass by Younghusband on the far left they burst forward playing a cross field ball that the front man latched onto and slotted home to make it 4-1.
Baston dominated the remainder of the game and but for some last ditch defending would have grabbed a goal back from both Collins and Cowles opportunities. In the last 10 minutes Baston did get their goal through substitute Tom Horton slotted home from a narrow angle.
After the game on Saturday manager Rob Clarke said: “I’m very proud of the display today. Lots of positives to take from it, we more than matched a side I expect to challenge at the top of the league for the majority of the game.”