Without doubt the games of the weekend for the Academy section lay in both U16 fixtures on Saturday and Sunday as a double header of Basford United Community versus Gotham Rangers put the two big clubs of this age group head to head.
It was Rangers who took the points on Saturday as the league leaders took the spoils over Stef Taylor's U16 team with Manners and Wright scoring to leave the community in 5th place having won three of their ten fixtures. MOM awarded by the opposition was Mohammed John.
On Sunday it was Rich McGovern's table toppers to take on the Rangers as both teams put their unbeaten records on the line having drawn two each and winning the rest but the Community had played two games more games.
It was the Basford side who came out on top, winning by the only goal. In heavy weather conditions the game still went ahead, in the first half both teams battled it out with some big tackles flying in which was expected , not great football being played as Gotham just hit it long down field at every opportunity.
Second half Basford found a bit of time and space to play and moved the ball around well with Ewan Hill running tirelessly upfront making runs and opportunities.
The winner came 20 minutes from the end when Kian McGovern played Ewan Hill through, after beating two players he found Kian McGovern who continued his run to slot home.
Gotham then stepped up a gear and poured forward they went on to hit both posts and had a goal bound effort cleared off the line and then got a penalty with five minutes to play. Lewis Parks saved the day for Basford with a fine save as they went nine points clear at the top .
Under 18 Black still remain unbeaten in U18 Division One, however, they had their first points snatched from them in a 1-1 draw versus a resurgent bottom of the table Sherwood FC who have now won two and drawn one of their last four outings.
It was a morning that reflected the performance on the pitch, miserable, wet and cold. The Blacks were without a keeper again for the game due to an injury in the warm up. The first 25 minutes of the game were the controlled performance that has been the norm and Basford took the lead with a fine passage of play which allowed Tom Rees to coolly slot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
The Black took their foot off the gas though allowing Sherwood to rally who came into the game and created 3 or 4 very good chances and missed a penalty before half time. The second half was even as both sides created chances without hitting the net including 2 golden chances for Basford to seal the game. Credit to Sherwood who got their rewards 10 minutes from time with a fabulous 25 yard strike into the top corner leaving the Blacks stand in keeper with no chance. An important lesson learnt for Black that nothing is granted without 100 % effort.
Basford U14s Sunday finally played their cup game against Bingham at the fourth attempt and triumphed 1-0. Playing only their second game of the year on a mud bath of a pitch and horrible weather conditions, from start to finish the team controlled the game but at 1-0 the opposition were always in with a chance of getting level.
Ethan Beeley scored the winner, set up by Ryan Lloyd who caused all sorts of trouble for the opposition and was unlucky not to score himself with some great efforts, helped by a Man Of The Match performance by Charlie Rudd. Big credit to Bingham who battled well throughout and never gave up. It was an all-round good and solid performance and good football played.
Community under 11s Saturday won 3-1 against Woodhouse Colts Yellow. Lewis Bagguley scored twice and Mcauley Sworder scored the other. Man of the match was Joel Prijish
Updated 18:40 - 19 Feb 2018 by Neil McGowan