Basford Veterans 5 - 3 Duffield
Due to early season postponements Basford Vets had to dig deep within their resources and complete two games in three days, Wednesday’s opposition was the tricky tie v Duffield FC who gave us an early scare in the previous meeting…
Basford started the game leggy but still look sharp enough to take an early lead through Franny Green when he worked the opening to finish well into the bottom corner. Further chances were missed by Basford and this came back to bite them when some indecisive defending gave Duffield the equalizer.
Each time Basford pushed forward they looked like scoring but their second came from a James Jepson trademark free kick, but again within a few minutes Basford committed some schoolboy defending to give Duffield a penalty and the score back to all square. The first half scoring didn’t finish there with Basford getting their own penalty which was emphatically put away by Franny Green.
The second half was a different story and dominated by Basford who scored two more goals with the pick of Damian Rennicks two goals being a sharp turn in the box and a superb finish. Duffield got what was to be a conciliation third very late on and the score finished 5-3.
Basford now need one more win from two games to secure the title with the next game not will the 19th May v Alumni at Basford
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Selston Res 0 - 4 Basford United Community
Basford United Community travelled to Selston Reserves on Wednesday night with a threadbare squad hampered by injuries and work commitments which meant first team coach Michael Leslie stepping in at centre half along with Raheem Sunmonu and Victor Lukusu who both returned to the starting line up.
To make matters worse the park pitch at Jacksdale was awful. Despite everything going seemingly going against us we started the game brightly with Michael Leslie dominating at the back.
After 10 minutes Basford went ahead, Alex Goodall raced clear and fired across the keeper from a tight angle to find the bottom corner to settle any nerves.
Basford were further ahead on 19 minutes when once again the impressive Ewan Hill finished brilliantly inside the box for his 23rd of the season.
Selston continued to press and were causing problems at set pieces as Basford failed to pick up their men but Michael Leslie dealt with everything thrown in the box and the excellent Luca Wagstaff pulled off a string of fines saves to keep Selston at bay.
Half time 0-2.
The second half started very much in Selston's favour and as they pressed high for the first 10 minutes and time and again Luca Wagstaff was called upon in the Basford goal.
The game was all but won on the 57 minute mark when Raheem Sunmonu broke through from midfield and placed the ball past the on rushing goalkeeper for Basford's third but this was also a landmark as it racked up 100 league goals for this young side this season.
They wrapped up the game on with 15 minutes to go when 16 year old Ewan Hill unselfishly squared the ball across the box for strike partner Alex Goodall to get another brace.
Some excellent defending from Sam Parker Kieran Jalland and Michael Leslie backed by the Luca Wagstaff earned yet another clean sheet for the boys.
A disciplined performance from the side who now have one left to play - away to Beeston FC next Saturday 11th May.
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Updated 11:19 - 17 May 2019 by Chris Munroe