Goats overcome injuries

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Baston overcame injury problems to secure a 1-0 away win at Guyhirn in the PDFL Divsion Two on Saturday.

Baston went into the game off the back of securing their place in the league cup final last week but the victory took its toll.

The Goats lost a number of players to injury and unavailability, meaning on Saturday they had just one recognised centre half available.

Manager Leighton Atkin reshuffled the pack and with great results, a clean sheet with a makeshift back four and another three points to keep the pressure on their league rivals.

Baston flew out of the blocks and went ahead within five minutes. A free kick from Scott Collins found Dan Flood who powered a header home. From there Baston created chances to enhance their lead but could not convert.

The second half found Baston coming under increased pressure, with James Simpson clearing off his own line, and the defence standing firm on other occasions.

Wayne Hobbs impressed in the middle of the park until injury forced him off on 60 minutes.

Stu Cousins entered the game replacing Hobbs and settled straight into centre back alongside Flood, playing his part in the last 30 minutes to secure Baston an impressive 1-0 win and three more points.

Baston 1st team now have a break of fixtures for 14 days, next playing against Whittlesey United in the league on April 12.

The fixture is the start of a busy eight days in which Baston face four games which will make or break the season. Atkin expressed his intention to use the squad to his maximum potential to ensure fatigue and fitness is not an issue.

Baston FC XI: Liam Davies, James Ward, Laz Stewart, Dan Flood, James Simpson, Scott Collins, Wayne Hobbs (Stu Cousins), Aaron Mourton, Greg Rawlinson, Ant Garmory, Matt Medler (Martin Holyoake). Bench Unused Tom Horton