With all other teams in League Cup action the Basford Management took the opportunity to pull in the previously postponed game versus Cavaliers and a 4-1 win took Basford Vets 5 points clear with five wins from five games.
Basford again utilised their strong squad and brought in four fresh faces from last week’s victory against Heanor Town, in came Franny Green, Dwayne Soar, Mark Clifford and making his Basford debut Damien Rennicks.
The change of personnel also brought a change of shape to the lineup and one of these changes brought the first goal of the day within the first 5 minutes when Ashley Brandy was brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded giving Chris Freestone the first of his two goals.
Cavs to their credit were a much improved outfit from earlier in the season and their pressure told when Justin Jenkins scored for the Cavs with an excellent header at the back post to make the score 1-1 but that lead didn’t last too long when five minutes later Basford got their second goal,
Again it was some clumsy defending when they brought down Mark Brookes in the box and up stepped Freeo for a replica penalty taking the score to 2-1. A worrying injury to Franny Green saw the introduction of Damien Rennicks who nearly scored with his first touch when his glancing header from a pin point cross from Wayne Hallcro clipped the top of the cross bar, the scored stayed at 2-1 with the half time whistle.
Tris Whitman came on for the injured Hallcro at half time and Basford resorted back to a 4-4-2 formation and that opened the game with pressure being applied on both wings by Whitman and Brookes, Basford created chance after chance but failed to capitalise on their superiority and the game stayed at 2-1 until the 65th minute which Whitman jinxed into the box hitting a low shot against the post and into the net.
This goal seemed to finish off Cavs resilience and the fourth goal soon followed when Brookes pulled a low cross into the path of Rennicks who finished with a very clever backheel into the bottom corner.
The game finished at 4-1 with some impressive performances from Soar, Clifford (MOM) and Brookes.
Next game this Sunday at home to Sherwood Colliery in the league and with the National Vets competition starting in December the games will continue to come thick and fast and if this is to be the season where Basford go for the treble then we will need to utilise the strength of the full squad.
Updated 22:05 - 3 Dec 2017 by Neil McGowan