Despite a windy night what a spectacle as both sides played out a stunning 5-5 draw after 90 minutes. Basford holding nerve to win through on the penalty shootout with the final spot kick coolly converted by Kieran Wells. One of the United heroes of many on the night though was veteran Rob Duffy who stepped up the comeback trail with a brace and a 80 good minutes in the tank.
With a strong Belper Town side containing 8 starters from Evo-Stik action Sat & Utd just involving Kieran Wells/Rob Duffy & Conor Bartle in our match day squad then the odds were clearly on a home win.
A stunning Basford start saw youngsters Harry Wakefield (3min) & new signing Aiden Austin (12min) convert to put Basford 2-0 but that's when the fun and games started.
An eccentric match official dismissed debutant Basford full back Austen Symons on 20 minutes for a challenge on the half way line that looked harsh, but this was 1 of many baffling decisions & cards awarded against both sides.
The home side roared back and by HT they were level as the impressive Kyle Clarke & Leandro Brown netted for 2-2 .
2nd period the home side struck the woodwork & dominated but Basford hung around. Utd midfielder Joe Harrison deftly lobbed into the net from 25 yards on 53 mins for 3-2. Within a minute the home side drew level, looked another bizarre decision from the referee to award a penalty for handball, that looked to all and sundry to have been made by the Belper forward ,who also for good measure looked offside. Duly converted by Haydn Goddard for 3-3.
Belper began to dominate & went ahead for the first time on 63min as Sam Birks delivered a great finish for 4-3. The 10 man Basford wouldn't give up & talisman Rob Duffy levelled on 73min with a deft header. Once again the home side countered with an immediate goal as Josh Barr-Rostrons 25 yard effort trickled into the corner of the Utd net through a crowd with keeper Danny Brown unsighted. On 76 minutes the tie was level again at 5-5 as Rob Duffy equalised again this time from the penalty spot. With no further goals in normal time the game went straight to a penalty shoot-out and the young away team got over the line converting all 5 spot kicks & United keeper Danny Brown saving 1 home side spot kick to send Basford through 10-9.
Staggering performance from the young group to step up to Evo Stik competition. Debuts for five Notts Senior League Basford Community FC players, five Basford Education Academy players and two Youth U18 players that is an absolute delight to United senior officials & 1st team managers Martin Carruthers/Mark Clifford & Rob Duffy.
With in the main a rested 1st team squad eyes now turn now to Saturday 21st October as Bedworth Utd visit Greenwich Ave at 3pm for the latest Evo-Stik South game.
Updated 20:25 - 5 Nov 2017 by Neil McGowan