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LIAM HEARN says small de­tails are be­hind Basford United’s big un­beaten start in the EVO-STIK South, writes MATT BAD­COCK.

The league lead­ers are now the only side in Steps 1 to 4 not to have lost a league game this sea­son.

Basford’s 19-game

was ex­tended with a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 50 win at Kids­grove yes­ter­day – a re­sult which keeps them 15 points clear of Alvechurch.

Former Alfreton Town, Grimsby Town and Lin­coln City striker Hearn, 32, scored twice to add to a hat-trick against Romulus last week and took his tally to 21 in all com­pe­ti­tions.

And he says the to­geth­er­ness in Mark Car­ruthers’ squad, the ex­pe­ri­ence in the chang­ing room and the metic­u­lous ap­proach to matches is pay­ing off.

“When I was at col­lege, years ago, we used to play on Basford’s pitch,” Hearn told The NLP.

“It was grass then, nothing com­pared to what it is now. When I got in­vited down in pre­sea­son to have a look I couldn’t be­lieve how much it has changed.

“They’ve got a 3G pitch, stands, re­fresh­ment bars, a board room. It used just be a field with chang­ing rooms at the side of the car park and that was it. It was a good shock!

“The man­age­ment team are re­ally good and have great ex­pe­ri­ence in the game. We do video anal­y­sis of our games and we’ve got ac­cess to the Hudl, where we can look at our own clips of the things we’ve done well.

“The at­ten­tion to de­tail is great. It’s the lit­tle things in foot­ball, I’ve al­ways found. You make lit­tle ad­just­ments and you can get a lot of suc­cess. Lin­coln and the Cow­ley broth­ers are a prime ex­am­ple of that. It’s great a club like Basford is im­ple­ment­ing that as well.”

Former Eng­land C striker Hearn has been one of Non-League’s most ex­cit­ing per­form­ers and would have scored more goals had it not been for in­jury bad luck.

He said he had big­ger of­fers from higher clubs for his ser­vices, but felt the move to Basford was the right one after he left Alfreton for the sec­ond time. “I’m re­ally chuffed with my goal re­turn so far,” Hearn, who coaches at Notts County and Alfreton’s path­way academy, said. “It’s good to show what I can do again. I never doubted my­self but maybe some peo­ple didn’t want to take the step with me, for what­ever rea­son. “That’s why I’m very thank­ful to the gaffers here. They looked after me in the sum­mer, even though peo­ple were say­ing about my in­juries. As I said to them, if we get go­ing then it will ben­e­fit both of us be­cause I was sure I’d score goals at this level. “And that’s what I say to the boys at the Academy: You can’t beat scor­ing goals. There’s no bet­ter feel­ing. “It’s early days but we’re do­ing re­ally well at the mo­ment and long may that con­tinue.”

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