The Vets were again short of a full strength squad due to injuries, suspensions and illness, but the starting eleven still had too much quality for a very good Heanor side.
A reshuffle of the sides shape saw Chris Freestone partner the lively Mark Brookes up front and this partnership proved too much for the Heanor back four, however things weren’t all going Basford’s way when Heanor took the lead after 25 minutes, when sloppy defending let in Chris Henson to score with a good finish past Scott Miles.
The lead didn’t last long and Basford continued to press via a strong midfield and a free kick at the edge of the box saw Freestone get the first of his three goals with a well taken freekick into the top corner, the second was scored soon after when Wayne Hallcro’s corner was headed in by Freeo from close range taking the game to half time with Basford leading 2-1.
The introduction of second half substitutions saw Tris Whitman given a free role down the righthand side but it was the runs of Mark Brookes that were still causing problems for Heanor, good defending by Graham Funnel and some clever play by Adam Beazley fed in Brookes to run at the Heanor defence and this led to the Basford penalty when he was brought down in the box and a clear, undisputed penalty was awarded, up stepped Freeo to complete his third and what turned out to be the winning goal.
Heanor were soon awarded a penalty of their own when Neil Wilkinson brought down the Heanor striker, the ball looked to be clearly won but the referee pointed to the spot, the decision was disputed by all the Basford players but the decision had been made and Heanor scored their second.
This left ten minutes of play for Basford to hold out and again press for the fourth and this would of come but for two excellent saves from the Heanor goalkeeper, final result a 3-2 win for Basford, played four won four.
Three goals for Freestone still didn’t get him MOM this went to Richard Ranshaw who played the holding role in midfield and won every tackle and every header.
There is now a rearranged fixture for this Sunday 26th at home to Cavs with a 3pm KO, followed by another home fixture the following week when we entertain Sherwood Colliery.
Updated 21:08 - 29 Nov 2017 by Neil McGowan