On a cold evening in Loughborough Basford progressed to the quarter final of the league cup with a 2-1 away victory at holders Quorn FC.
With Martin Carruthers doing as in previous round and giving young academy players a chance, then Kev Hemagou, Joe Coxon and debut boy from the academy Robson Doolan all started the game. In a team mixed with experience and flair, young goal keeper James Fogg joined other youngsters Tre Freestone and Kamal Hayles on the bench, although United had the current strike pairing Ruben Wiggins-Thomas and Stu Hendrie ready if needed. With youngster Doolan doing particularly well in the middle region with his ability to move the ball at pace United showed well in the early stages but were undone on 23 minutes. A well worked move played in the very good Dom Brennan who coolly picked his spot past United keeper Saul Deeney from the left angle. Deeney immediately potentially kept United in the tie a minute later via a fine one on one block to deny Hollis. With the game pretty tight and very close then United negotiated a testing spell to go in 0-1 at the break.
2nd period United introduced top scorer Ruben Wiggins-Thomas to bolster a young strike force. The perfect start to the 2nd period saw Basford draw level on 46 minutes. Ryan Whitehurst the beneficiary of a fine move with a good low finish before most had even taken seats after the half time interval. Beset by niggling injuries then hopefully this 1st goal in a long while will give Whitehurst confidence to push on in the goal stakes. With a really good game developing young United striker Kevin Hamogou was denied by Quorn keeper Laurie Pearson who made a fine stop in the 1 on 1 coming off his line at speed. Moments later in an almost slow motion chance United should have scored but somehow the effort was fired over from 6 yards.
The home side though looked dangerous and in Brennan and Reid have two outlets that can cause damage. On 70 minutes Quorn striker Hollis hit a thunderbolt from 20 yards that had the upright rattling for at least 30 seconds. With the prospect of extra time not really high up on the top 3 league aspirations of both teams, then it was an end to end entertaining game as both teams pushed for the victory The Basford goal remained in tack in the last 5 minutes as the home side squandered a couple of really good opportunities. With the game approaching the 94th minute United got the key decision of the night. A patient buildup saw a well flighted ball delivered by the excellent Dion Miekle who played in Stuart Hendrie who was clearly taken down and a penalty awarded. The only major talking point was the tackle in or out the box, but the match official was in no doubt and pointed spot kick. Aaron Webster took responsibility to ensure no extra time and delivered a deftly placed penalty to put Basford through to the quarter finals 2-1.
The days of Basford not being able to come from behind look a distant past now as with good team spirit Basford battled back into the game and ultimately won it late in the day to book a Quarter final place.An impressive performance from front too back with on the day both full backs Fletcher and Thornton the picks.
Attention now turns for Basford to Sat and a visit again to Loughborough to meet the University side.
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Ryan Whitehurst scores for Basford United
Aaron Webster scores a penalty for Basford United