Solid Basford Secure FA Cup Second Qualifying Spot
United reached the Second Qualifying Round of The FA Cup for the first time in 62 years with a 1-0 win over Long Eaton United at Greenwich Avenue.
Manager Martin Carruthers made one change to the starting XI from the side that unluckily lost at Goole AFC the previous Tuesday, with Saul Deeney starting in goal and Jake Wood dropping to the bench.
Defender Josh Thornton made a welcome return amongst the substitutes, whilst youngster Umar Ishmael received his first call-up to the first team bench.
Basford faced formidable opposition in the shape of recent rivals Long Eaton, who currently sat unbeaten, at the top of the Midland Football League standings.
Basford got off to the best possible start, after Reuben Wiggins-Thomas won and then coolly slotted home his own penalty after just 6 minutes, sending the Long Eaton keeper in the opposite direction.
A couple of half-chances were missed by Wiggins-Thomas and Hutchinson in the following twenty minutes, with Basford continuing to look dangerous in their opponents’ half and limiting their visitors to speculative long range efforts.
Goalkeeper Deeney was called into proper action for the first time on 28 minutes, when his flying save denied Long Eaton’s Brad Wells from netting their only real scoring chance of the half
The second half got off to something of a slow and scrappy start, with neither side finding a shot on target in the opening twenty minutes.
Despite Basford being unable to really build on their lead, as ever they looked very solid at the back and despite Long Eaton’s best efforts they struggled to reach Deeney’s goal after the interval, as Basford looked the stronger and more capable side as the half continued.
On 73 minutes, a half-chance for Substitute Cory Grantham, tested the visiting keeper at his near post, whilst inside the last five minutes of normal time Tyrelle Shannon also had two chances to double Basford’s lead, firstly his low shot was stopped by a sprawling Long Eaton keeper before his long-range effort, 60 seconds later, just flew wide of the post.
Luck is a vital component of any football match and Deeney will be counting his blessings, when in the fourth minute of stoppage time, the in-form Irish goalkeeper fumbled what should have been a routine catch from a cross, with the ball falling to the feet of Long Eaton’s Joe Pheasant, who somehow managed to clear the Basford crossbar from just 5 yards out and watched his side’s chances of snatching a replay at the death, disappear with the ball, into the heavens.
Basford now look forward to a healthy financial reward and their first appearance in the next round since 1953 but first return to Evo-Stik league action next Saturday, with a home clash against high-flying Coalville Town (3pm Kick-off).
Video highlights of the match can be viewed online via the following link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHuCFWPU-QQ
A BUFC Radio post-game interview with Man of the Match Rob McCormick can be heard here - https://audioboom.com/boos/3566963-post-game-interview-with-rob-mccormick-basford-united-1-long-eaton-united-0-fa-cup-12-09-15
A BUFC Radio post-game interview with Martin Carruthers can be heard here - https://audioboom.com/boos/3566959-post-game-interview-with-martin-carruthers-basford-united-1-long-eaton-united-0-fa-cup-12-09-15?playlist_direction=reversed