Basford United Veterans 3 Cavaliers 1
Basford continued their impressive start to the season and remained on line for a potential league and cup double.
Basford beat a very decent Cavs side that continues to improve each year, it took a penalty to break the deadlock when Mark Brookes was brought down and James Jepson slotted home the goal to take Basford into a half time lead.
From the start of the second half Basford stepped up the pressure and looked the much stronger side with the pick of the goals coming from Nick Kennerdale with an early contender for goal of the season, when his brute strength turned the defender and then outpaced him before dinking the keeper for a superb goal.
Basford now sit second in the league two points behind Clifton with two games in hand.
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Basford United Community 5 - 0 Southwell City Res
Basford United Community faced a Southwell City side who were nine games unbeaten including victories against the runaway league leaders Woodthorpe and the side that sat second in the league but it was Basford United Community who extended their unbeaten run to 3 games hitting 5 for the third consecutive week by 5pm.
It took 11 minutes for Basford to take the lead when an excellent through ball from Joe Wroughton found Ewan Hill who rolled the ball to Alex Goodall to smash the ball home from the edge of the box.
On 24 minutes Basford extended their lead when Raheem Abdul-Sumonu's strong run down the right found Goodall who this time turned provider as his pull back across the box found Blake Cooke at the far post who made no mistake firing across the keeper.
Southwell City came out from following the half time interval throwing numbers forward which caused problems as they managed to get in behind on a few occasions but Basford stood firm at the back with some last ditch defending and some good saves from Luca Wagstaff.
Basford ultimately killed the game off on 68 minutes when the Ben Johnson lobbed the right from wide on the right and Victor Lukusu added a fourth as he raced into the box and buried the ball into the top corner.
Community wrapped up the game on the 85 min mark when Kamani Wilson raced cleared and coolly slotted the ball passed the keeper, to go one clear as Basford's top scorer.
Another excellent clean sheet for the boys at the back who can be proud of two clean sheets in the last three outings shows that not only can we score goals but all build on solid foundations.
Another great three points for all involved and we roll on to Friday night football as we welcome Beeston FC to Greenwich Avenue in 7.45pm kick off.
We can only thank the ever increasing support and it would be great to see everyone back on Friday night.
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Basford United U17s 2 Burton Joyce 0
Another great home win and three points nearer the title for Basford Under 17s. Last time out Basford were upstaged by Burton to a 1-0 defeat and were determined to correct the score this time round.
To be fair Basford never gave the away side much of the ball but they had to be patient as chances kept on coming. But just before half time Mikhia Walters broke the deadlock smashing home from close range.
After the break more pressure from the home side proved why they have been top of the league all season. Striker Jise Bankole was brought down midway through the second half and he picked himself up to take the spot kick only for the Burton keeper to pull off a great save.
Again it was about being patient and they were rewarded by a goal from Devonte Evans to settle the result and secure the three points. Man of the match was Jake Mcdonald.
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FC Premier U15 0 Basford Utd Amber U15 3
The boys travelled to the HQ of the Birmingham FA to face FC Premier in good spirits after a great 4-1 win the previous week and a good run of form in general, a new formation paying dividends straight away.
The lads have had an issue all season with slow starts and this game was no exception as the physically imposing Premier bossed the first 10 minutes, culminating in an astonishing miss as their striker, with only keeper Alex to beat, managed to hit both posts as the ball rolled to safety. This was the wakeup call needed and there was to be no second chance for our opponents.
With Charlton Rooke patrolling midfield, a performance of real strength and discipline, the platform was set for the boys to display their full range of quick, incisive passing, the movement was great, and we looked a threat without really creating anything of note until late in the half, with their keeper pulling off a great stop.
Another surging run down the left from Foxy led to wide free kick, he dusted himself off and produced a lovely curling finish that gave the keeper no chance. Charlie and Sam Crabtree were causing all kinds of problems down the left side and another clever free kick routine ended up with Josh Timpson having a shot blocked. HT and looking good.
Changes made at HT added an extra dimension to the attack, with the pacy Jerico Bonner going upfront, the tricky Ryan Bache on the left wing and the skills of Ben Eames coming in on the right.
Straight from the kick off the boys moved the ball from back to front and within seconds Jerico was in on the keeper and coolly finished with the minimum of fuss, great goal.
Often rocky when scoring, we went to sleep from the restart and Alex was forced into a
great stop with his feet when one on one, that was as good as it got for Premier as another tremendous passing move from one end to another saw Ryan finish under the keeper, game over.
With Lleighton Rolfe and Will Laurie immaculate at centre half there was no way back for Premier.
A really encouraging performance from everyone, reaching new heights for this still new and developing team. Things are looking good.
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Mansfield Town 0 v Basford Utd U15's Saturday 4
A great away win against an academy team.
The first half was dominated by passing possession football from both teams but Basford were the only team creating any real opportunities. They were able to make possession count with a goal from Max Wallace who was magnificent with his work rate and quality in possession.
With the game plan working well in not allowing Mansfield any meaningful attempts at goal Basford went at half time 1-0 up.
The second half was more of the same with only a couple of distance efforts from Mansfield easily dealt with by keeper Ryan Lloyd. Pressing meant that Mansfield were not allowed to pass out from the back making their keeper kick it out rather than pass to team mates, so enabling Basford to regain possession and move forward.
This pressure then allowed Angelo Tambini to tap in a follow up shot from Wallace to make it 2-0, then shortly afterwards Wallace provided a great cross from a quality through ball from Jahmar Simpson for a Liam Sansum bullet header into the top corner.
Wallace then completed his Man of the match performance by slotting home his second of the game after rounding the keeper. With three games to go and now top of the league things look bright for this talented team.
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Breaston Park 3 Basford United Community Trees U13s 4
Goalscorers: Jack (10), Tyrelle (42), Faris (48), Jephte (50) Man of the Match: Riley
Good Win for the Trees!
Trees made a short trip to Breaston Park with a full strength squad with two newcomers in Riley and McKenzie. After a good start by Trees the first chance after a few minutes fell to Riley, whose shot was blocked. It was a sign of things to come with JD going close on 4 mins after good play from Kesharn and Tyrelle.
All the good play was finally rewarded on 15 minutes. JD worked his way into the box and saw his shot saved by Breaston’s keeper. The rebound dropped to Jack who took a touch and fired the ball into the net, 1-0 Trees. JD and Orlando combined superbly on the right and caused Breaston loads of problems, with neat one twos and overlapping play.
Riley and Kacper also worked well together in the midfield, winning the ball back well and then distributing it to the attacking players. Breaston grew into the game and were rewarded on 24 mins with an equaliser from a corner 1-1. Heads didn’t drop and Trees continued creating chances.
Into the second half Trees again started well and after a throw from Kesharn, Tyrelle created an opportunity for himself and finished well to make it 2-1. Faris, who started on the bench, soon made his mark on the game with a very good finish from a tight angle after another assist from Kesharn 3-1.
Full of confidence Trees kept on pushing forward with Faris dancing around two players on the right wing, his low cross found Jephte, whose right foot finish found the bottom corner, 4-1 to Trees.
A bit of complacency crept in and Breaston got a goal back with a low shot from the edge of the box 4-2. Breaston showed some fight and got a other goal back from a corner 4-3. Trees rallied together and held on for the first league win.
Man of the match was a close one. JD did well on the right wing but Riley had a stand out performance today and was voted man of the match. Good team spirit and hunger today from all the lads. Still some work to do but getting the win was the most important thing today.
Well done lads. We’re back in at training Thursday and go again next weekend.
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Updated 17:47 - 11 Mar 2019 by Neil McGowan