Community First Team came from behind to beat Gedling Southbank at Greenwich Avenue, with two goals from Gideon Boateng and one each from Michael Uzoka and Ezra Kitungano seeing them to a 4-1 win.
* * *
Basford CFC Under 18 Blacks kept their unbeaten run going with a 2-2 draw at Arnold thanks to a double from Rob Taylor. This was the team’s second successive draw.
Key players missing meant another reshuffle of personnel and positions for the Blacks.
The game started off at frantic pace then after 10 mins Blacks started to get hold of the ball and begun to string some lovely pass and move football, trying to open up the Arnold back line. Arnold were awarded a penalty following a corner which everyone was bemused with, apparently Talbot was alleged to have pushed an Arnold player, the resulting penalty kick made the score line 1-0 to the Home side.
Looking to come from behind in a game for the first time in the league this season, Blacks carried on playing some controlled patience football where they made good chances for Rees, Richardson, Taylor and Marks but could find the net., with the half time score 1-0 to Arnold..
The second half started the same way with Blacks now trying carve openings from a back eight at times , but Blacks kept on knocking on the door and finally got the break through after another fantastic move where it fell to Rob Taylor who hit a lovely strike with his left into the bottom right corner.
Blacks were well in control, the only threat from Arnold was a long ball from the keeper , Blacks got their noses in front after another long kick from Arnold dealt with by Slater at the back with the ball being played into the middle third then a ball threaded through into the path of Rob Taylor who drove into the Arnold area and hit the top corner of the net to get his second.
Many chances came again for Marks, Rees and Murray but all were unable to put the game to bed. Five minutes from the end Arnold equalised. Another long punt resulted in a corner from which Blacks keeper Nellis misjudged the flight and couldn’t get full grip of the ball and it kindly fell in the path of the Arnold player to scramble the ball across the line.
Simon Taylor said: “Sometimes results don’t reflect the game but that’s football for you, as long as we keep trying to play the right way. We have some big games coming up with still two games against Bilborough who are sneaking up the league with games in hand.”
* * *
Basford Under 16s drew 2-2 at Southwell City, a great match for the team testing themselves against high flying Southwell. After falling behind twice in each half Basford showed outstanding football to dominate most of the game and should have won it right at the death following a last minute goal line clearance.
Basford goals came from Khayden Ellis and Ace Sharpe and a well-deserved Man of the Match award went to Thomas Cummings.
Next week’s league match is away to Sherwood Yellow, a dress rehearsal for the league cup semi-final.
* * *
Under 12s Magpies finally managed to get a game in this weekend away to Wollaton/Bramcote after a series of postponements, and continued their torrid form by losing 4-1, with central defender Vasharn, getting the only Basford goal.
Coach / Manager Tony Walker said: “By all accounts we were the better team of individuals but lack desire and teamwork which has been a common theme throughout the season. We will come good but it's going to be tough.”
* * *
Basford Tigers Under 11s Sunday won 5-2 at Aslockton and Orston thanks to three goals from Mitch Spooner and one each from Cameron Sims and Brian Deptula.
Updated 18:05 - 5 Mar 2018 by Neil McGowan
A great team performance in cold conditions all credit to the boys well done everyone.