Without question tough on the home side who thought they had done enough to be the 1st side to inflict defeat. But as previous Basford will scrape and do what is necessary to win every point, & keep this unbeaten league run of now at 26 games .
[b]Video of this great game and many contentious points can be viewed at the following link https://youtu.be/waBSh-Ruk24
In a game most notable for so many contentious decisions & ending in controversy it was packed with drama. No one in the ground could see where 8 minutes of stoppage time came from, then possibly on the day it just about levelled off at the end .
Basford went behind on 14 minutes hotly contesting the award of the penalty against Saul Deeney, who looked to have played the ball 1st before Luke Rowe went down with the match official awarding the spot kick. Local Nottingham lad & Ex Carlton Town Player Alex Troke did us no favours as he coolly rolled home for 0-1.
A game packed with incident & drama saw Rob Duffy have a header chalked off as the official deemed the ball had crossed the touchline prior to Liam Hearns cross on 16 minutes. Fernando Bell-Toxtle also had an effort cleared off the line. The home side though had great 1st half chances none more than Saul Deeney brilliant low save to deny Alex Troke his 2nd. With manager Martin Carruthers dismissed at half time for comments to the officiating crew then it looked all on for Basford.
Updated 22:20 - 22 Jan 2018 by Neil McGowan
Saul Deeney must be one of the South divisions best Goalkeeper on current form. The ex pro made a world class stop to deflect Levi Rowley’s point blank shot onto the bar, & then save bravely at the feet of a striker with a tap in, as the home side looked to put the game to bed.
As the game ebbed and flowed and Basford pressed for the goal, a very close call on 84 minutes saw Kieran Fenton denied by an offside flag after Dion Miekle flick on.
Going deep into stoppage time it looked for all that was it and the run was over and the big Bedworth crowd would go home being the team to end the run. Unfortunately for them it wasn't to be as a precise James Reid corner on 96 minutes was majestically headed home by Kieran Fenton for a share of the spoils. (Headline photo the joy & dejection of one moment).
What a game such a credit to this years Evo-Stik South, hard contested packed with drama but played in the right way by 2 excellent teams.
So the run goes on and with the national exposure we are getting as Basford are the only non league team step 4 and above in the pyramid unbeaten so far this campaign, its getting tougher with each game & every team wants to be the 1st to inflict defeat. No doubt the run will end at some point but it’s a great journey and as demonstrated by the players Mgt & spectators loving the experience, and brilliant it goes at least another week.
Once again a big thanks to our travelling fans who helped us match up against a vociferous home support so your attendance was so much appreciated.
United are next in action Tuesday as we entertain Kimberley MW in the Quarter Final of the Notts FA Senior cup 7.45pm ko. Ticket prices reduced to £3/£1 for this one and families up to a max of 4 can get in for £5.