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Basford draw with Ilkeston

By Neil McGowan

Basford United let a two goal lead slip as they drew 2-2 with Ilkeston Town in their latest pre-season game.

Martin Carruthers again chose to give game time to as many as possible, fielding an almost entirely different side in each half.

Basford set off at a tremendous pace, Harry Wakefield heading in on three minutes (picture above) and going close a couple of minutes later.

A second goal was not long in coming. On 10 minutes Australian CJ burst clear of the defence to slip the ball past Liam Mitchell in the Ilkeston goal.

Any thoughts of an easy victory were soon dispelled as a more than capable Ilkeston side soon made their presence felt. Shaun Rickford sent a warning with a powerful header over.

As the game swung from end to end it was a surprise there were no more goals in the first half.

A much changed Basford side nearly started the second-half in the same manner as the first, Aidan Austin hammering a shot against the bar.

Ilkeston finally got the goal their play deserved on 61 minutes, Tim Hopkinson heading in a corner.

Boosted by the goal, Ilkeston came forward and were level six minutes later, another header, this time Alex Marshall out-jumped the Basford defence to head home.

The Basford defence was now subject to a thorough examination, Deon Meikle and Lewis Carr excelling.

Basford came back strongly with some fine passing moves involving Liam Hearn and Nat Watson drawing good saves from Mitchell.

They nearly won it at the death, Watson shooting against the post.

Soon after the final whistle went, both sets of players receiving well deserved applause from the 179 present.

Updated 17:29 - 4 Aug 2018 by Neil McGowan

Where next?

Linnets at the Avenue Saturday Basford United host Kings Lynn Town on Saturday in a pre-season friendly (3.0).
Ilkeston at Greenwich Avenue on Tuesday Basford United take on Ilkeston Town in the latest pre-season game on Tuesday at Greenwich Avenue (7.45)


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