Basford faced a tough challenge in Nuneaton Town who still remain unbeaten this season in the U19 Youth Alliance division H. With games in hand it looks almost inevitable that they will finish the season as champions with only a few games of the season remaining.
The key to their success this season has been the formidable defensive record and have conceded only 4 league goals this season. It was always going to be a very stern test for this young Basford side.
The Nuneaton side boasted seven players that have been involved with their first team over the past two seasons and most of the group were made up of strong lads in the their 3rd year with the club.
Despite this Basford set up a solid defensive block and were working really hard to contain any Nuneaton offensive threats. Nuneaton dominated possession early on without really creating any clear cut chances. In the early exchanges Basford were limited to sporadic counter attacks and at times failed to keep possession in good areas.
Nuneaton made the breakthrough on 25 minutes after some excellent combination play on the right of the Basford box and the chance was clinically finished by Charlie Jones.
Basford immediately changed formation and set out to be more attacking and force a way back into the game. Basford started to be more effective going forwards and went in at half time 1-0 down.
Basford set out their intent with the introduction of Daws and started the second half really well. It was on 49 minutes after some excellent link up play involving Wakefield, Chiriac and Daws, which saw Daws right footed strike somehow tipped around the post by the Nuneaton GK.
Academy were really testing the Nuneaton defence and were looking the more likely to score. However, Nuneaton missed a great chance on 53 minutes to make it 2-0 after their striker raced through one v one but Alex Hill pulled off a great save.
Two minutes later Basford had the post to thank as a deflected effort spun viciously away from the penalty area. Both sides were pushing for a goal and it was end to end stuff. Nuneaton had another two glorious chances to put the game to bed but again poor finishing allowed Basford to stay in the game.
Basford threw everything at Nuneaton for the last 15 minutes but could just not find a way through this formidable defence. Despite the loss it was an excellent effort against the best side in the league.
Martin Carruthers added:
"It was a really spirited and disciplined performance against a very good side. We had a game plan and was delighted the way boys listened and carried out what we wanted. A bit of luck and better quality in and around the final third and on another day might have got something from the game.
"But overall I was absolutely delighted with everyone involved today."
Team: Alex Hill, Shick Ndong, Blake Cooke (Lloyd Patterson 73), Cory Jalland, Charlie Gipps, Connor Butler (Buba Ceesay 39), Victorio Chirac (Tarell Peck 65), Sean Yorke (Kyeron Daws 45), Harry Wakefield, Patrick Shipton, Nyall Hilton.
Updated 18:51 - 15 Mar 2018 by Neil McGowan