Going 0-2 down inside 18 minutes against good quality higher ranked league leading opposition in the form of Kettering Town, then it did not look good for Basford.However great character & a spirited fight back levelling to 2-2 as the game looked set for a replay until the visitors winning it 2 minutes from time.
Video of this great game can be viewed at the following link https://youtu.be/aLzDCHYRjjU
Rhys Hoenes opened the scoring for Kettering in the 16th minute, racing
on to an inch perfect through ball to round Saul Deeney to score.
Hoenes was involved again two minutes later, his run causing problems
and Aaron O’Connor sweeping in the loose ball after hesitancy from the United rearguard for 0-2.
As the half progressed Basford begin to find a route back into the game & Liam Hearn headed against the post, and Kieran Wells denied point blank by a brave save from the Kettering keeper Jordan Wright.
Kieran Fenton put Basford back in the game a minute before half time netting at the back post from Kieran Wells header. 55 min Basford drew level as Matt Thornhill netted through a crowd for 2-2 and send United fans into high spirits.
Both teams went in search of a winner and had great efforts with Dom Roma inches over with a header & Dion Miekle inches wide with a long range effort. The visitors though also had great chances and fabulous last gasp interceptions and saves from Saul Deeney kept the score level & looking like a replay. The game though was won right at the death with unfortunately the match official involved. His slight deflection of a cross ball fell perfectly for Hoeness to skip round Ash Grayson and bring a fine save from Deeney. Nottingham lad Aaron O Connor was in the perfect place to smash home the loose ball and send the visitors fans ecstatic and United out of the cup.
Great game worthy of a replay but in hindsight a replay suited neither falling further behind on league games .
A record ever competitive crowd for a Basford home game saw 525 in for this one and give us a taste of such days against higher level oppositions. Obviously the club will wish for more of these days via a sustained promotion charge this season. Attention turns back to the Evo-Stik South division and a very difficult game Tuesday night away to Spalding United 7.45pm ko. This is followed by 2 games in 48 hours as the home FA Trophy tie v Peterborough Sports at Greenwich Avenue is followed by a league game 48 hours later v Gresley FC again at Greenwich Avenue.
Updated 20:49 - 23 Oct 2017 by Neil McGowan