After the disappointment of the defeat to Dunkirk in the FA youth cup a much stronger Basford side bounced straight back with an excellent victory over league newcomers Loughborough.
In what was a tight game with limited chances during the early stages it was Loughborough who looked the more likely to score. Basford stopper George Sansom (above) proving the hero early on with two crucial saves and one unbelievable save as he somehow pushed an effort on to the underside of the bar from close range.
Basford did take the lead on 20 minutes and it was via a long goal kick from that man Sansom and after a great run from midfield George Henson found himself 1 v 1 with the opposition goal keeper and he coolly lobbed him to put Basford 1-0 up. Loughborough contained to push forward and they were rewarded in the 40th minute after an excellent finish from the Loughborough number 9.
Basford now had to contend with a strong head wind at the start of the second half and the game looked like it could go either way. Both teams were pressing for the win and with the introduction of substitutes Nyall Hylton, Cory Jalland and Kian Mills the game began to swing in Basfords favour. A corner on 70 minutes that was expertly headed back across the goal by the impressive Charlie Gipps fell invitingly to Buba Cessay who headed from close range to cap a fine defensive display.
With Loughborough now chasing to get back into the game gaps appeared in the opposition rear guard and it was Millls who turned his man neatly on 83 minutes to fire a sweet left foot shot low into the corner. More was to come from that man Mills and on 90 minutes another excellent turn and perfect pull back left a delighted Mario Bunnatome with an easy finish that looped over the on rushing goal keeper.
Well done everyone and another deserved three points.
The lads will now face top of the table Long Eaton at Basford next Wednesday in what could be a potential title match so early on in the season.
Updated 19:59 - 11 Oct 2017 by Neil McGowan