Words by Jake Stokes.
The first half was a close affair however neither side managed to score. Basford captain Matt Thornhill received a second yellow for challenge on Shane Clarke. With just minutes left substitute Simmons sealed the three points for Gainsborough.
The travelling side started the game well and dominated possession in the opening minutes. The home side fought back well. James Reid came close with a curling freekick however Joseph Green prevented Basford taking the lead with a spectacular save.
The home side started the second half well. Newly signed Courtney Grantham ran beyond his marker down the left channel and played the ball across goal to Nat Watson. Unfortunately, Basford’s top scorer Watson failed to convert and could only win a corner.
Gainsborough broke down the wing through Alex Simmons who delivered a looping cross, but Ashley Worsford failed to force a save out of Saul Deeney.
Basford were soon reduced to ten men as Thornhill was shown a second yellow for a challenge on Clarke in the middle of the park.
Liam Hearn’s side continued to find the goal to put them in front. Watson cut inside onto his right foot and teed up Fernando Bell-Toxtle who drove his effort just wide.
With just five minutes left, Deeney came to the rescue for the home side and got down low to save Benjamin Gordon’s drilled shot.
After a succession of saves from Deeney that kept Basford in the game, the away side then sealed their win deep into stoppage time. Simmons drove his shot under Deeney.
A missed opportunity in the chase for a play-off place for ten-man Basford. The loss means they are now ten points off fifth place with a game in hand. Hearn’s side now look forward to their clash with Hucknall on Tuesday in the Nottinghamshire Senior Cup Semi-Final – kick off 19:45.
Line-ups: Saul Deeney, Lewis Carr (82’ Zak Goodson), Dom Roma, Stefan Galinski, Brad Gascoigne, Jerry Nash (70’ Shaun Harrad), Jack Thomas, Matt Thornhill ©, Courey Grantham, Nat Watson, James Reid (80’ Fernando Bell-Toxtle)
Unused subs: Ryan Wilson, Dennel Stokes
Updated 10:14 - 20 Mar 2019 by Neil McGowan