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Vets ten points clear after Cavs win!

1 month ago By Neil McGowan

Basford United Veterans went ten points clear at the top of the league following their 3-1 win over Cavaliers on Sunday.

It had been a long break since the last Vets game and the performance on the pitch showed it, although credit to the opposition who battled for the majority of the game and gave Basford a few scares.

Basford's unbeaten run now stretches to eight with seven straight wins in the league giving them a ten point advantage at the top of the Premier League at the mid point of the season.

Previous seasons have shown the Vets to be slow starters but strengthening of the squad in summer has given us a more competitive edge.

The Vets had a strong squad available yesterday and this gave them the option to switch the players around and try a different formation. Early pressure nearly paid off with some close efforts from the Basford front two of M Carruthers (Ghandi) and Rennicks but game was still all square until the 30th minute when a change of formation gave the lively Whitman a freer role to run at Cavs back four finishing off the opening goal with the help of a deflection, lucky but no more than Basford deserved.

Halftime saw the score stay at 1-0 and the chance for management team to fine tune the shape, where the second half Basford looked more organised and created loads more chances with Freestone joining Ghandi and Rennicks up front.

The possession stats were highly in Basford favour but it took until 20 minutes into the second half for them to get the second goal, some quick football from Brandy, Rennicks and Freestone left Ghandi with an open goal but a late tackle resulted in a clear penalty which Ghandi cooly converted.

Further pressure only brought the best out of the Cavs keeper and he produced some wonderful saves from Ghandi and Freestone. The Cavs pressed further forward and got the goal they deserved with a quick turn and shot from Jenkins as he fired into the top corner from distance to reduce the deficit with 15 minutes left to play.

The score line only stayed at 2-1 for a short time when again sharp football from Whitman opened the door for Ghandi to slot the ball on a plate to S Carruthers who cooly finished for 3-1.

This wasn't the end of the drama as Cavs pushed men forward and a tired tackle from Soar gave away a penalty, but this was saved by the stand in keeper Phil McGinty.

Overall, the performance got the result the it deserved but with a congested fixture list for the remainder of 2018 we will need to be raising the standard if we are to challenge for all three trophies available.

Man Of The Match was an easy decision with a club vote going to Dwayne Soar, solid defensively and led with the captains role.

Updated 22:20 - 22 Jan 2018 by Neil McGowan

Where next?

Basford meet Kimberley in Senior Cup on Tuesday We meet Kimberley Miners Welfare in the quarter final of the Notts Senior Cup on Tuesday at Greenwich Avenue (7.45): .
Late late goal as Basford remain unbeaten (VIDEO NOW ON LINE) A late equaliser timed at 96 minutes salvaged a brilliant away point at 2nd placed Bedworth yesterday as the unbeaten run continues.

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