Basford Veterans 3-1 Alumni
On a day when a defeat for Basford could have opened the title race to three teams, this result has made it a two horse race between Clifton and Basford.
Basford took full advantage of Ideal footballing conditions and a fast surface and started the faster of the two teams, but failed to capitalise on chances and it took untill the 30th minute before Basford took the lead.
From the initial play an excellent save from the Alumni keeper led to a corner that was swung in by James Jepson for Steve Bull to head home. To Alumni’s credit they created a few opening chances but two top drawer saves from Scott Miles saw Basford into a 1-0 score line at halftime.
Within a few minutes of the second half starting some indecision in the Basford back four and a border line offside decision saw Alumni bring the scores level. Basford then had a goal chalked off for what looked like a tight offside decision.
Basford introduced Nigel Beer who was finding space wide and this pulled the Alumni defenders wide allowing Rob Gill to score a deserved goal, the third came soon after when Beer finished smartly with an early taken shot, final score and another Basford win 3-1
Basford have four games left to stay unbeaten and clinch a tight title race. The next game is the 28th April at home v Hucknall Plough, closely followed by another home game on Wednesday 1st May v Duffield FC.
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Basford United Community 5-2 Ravenshead
A scintillating first half performance and a well-managed second from Basford United Community saw our young squad take all three points.
We welcomed a Ravenshead side who currently sit second in the league looking for promotion and had taken all three points from us only two weeks ago under controversial circumstances.
With plenty still to play for and to put the wrongs of a few weeks ago right there was a feeling in dressing room prior to kick off that we might be in the mood to produce once again.
It didn’t take long either for one of young starlets to put a marker of intent down when Dominik Walkus made a strong burst from midfield finding Blake Cooke who finished brilliantly giving us an 11th minute lead.
Three minutes later Alex Goodall raced clear and despite being pulled back by the Ravenshead defender he put a brilliant ball across the 6 yard box to strike partner Ewan Hill who made no mistake slotting home the second at the far post.
On 27 minutes Walkus got in on the act forcing the ball over the line to put Basford three up.
Ravenshead were stunned and minutes later the impressive Goodall slammed the ball home from the edge of the box.
Despite being in the driving seat Ravenshead were never going to throw the towel in and on 37 minutes they got one back from a poorly defended set piece.
The perfect tonic to conceding is to go straight back and score another and within a minute Basford grabbed a fifth when Goodall scored again following a great assist from Walkus.
Possibly our best 45 minutes of the season saw us go in at the interval 5-1 up.
A tight second period saw Basford manage the game really well and for long periods it was backs against the wall as expected as Ravenshead threw everything at us. Unfortunately we were once again undone late on when a high ball wasn’t dealt with and Ravenshead scored another at the far post.
The boys defending fantastically well with goalkeeper Luca Wagstaff pulling off three excellent saves and credit to Louis, Sam and Kieran, Blake and Issac who were excellent defensively second half.
This was a brilliant three points against a side who look like being promoted, once again three 16 year olds were fielded and the side was an average age of 17.5 years old.
A professional job done by a very young side and a performance that surpassed their years. A truly talented set of young lads who once again have done the club proud.
We roll on to another test as we face Bridgford United at Greenwich Avenue on Friday night, kick off 7.45.
All support welcome!
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Updated 18:54 - 22 Apr 2019 by Neil McGowan