South Shields are firmly still in hunt
SOUTH Shields reinforced their promotion credentials with a deserved win.
They wasted no time in opening the scoring, David Foley taking a pass from Craig Baxter to score from the edge of the area.
Basford’s main first half threat came from Dan Creaney who twice went close with headers, but they found it hard to make inroads.
Dillon Morse scored the visitor’s second on 28 minutes, getting on to the end of a long cross.
Shields had the ball in the net again early in the second half but the whistle was blown for a foul.
Basford then got on top without creating any real chances.
South Shields responded and on 58 minutes Blair Adams beat the offside trap but was denied by an excellent save from Saul Deeney, who then brilliantly denied Baxter.
The introduction of substitute Nat Watson inspired Basford, who put the visitors under late pressure, forcing a series of corners.
Watson shot wide and then saw his effort deflected over, Liam Bateman then was inches away from a cross.
In added time South Shields broke away and Gavin Cogdon sealed the victory with a low shot from the right into the corner of the net.