Saturday, 21 January 2017

Basford Utd CFC 2-2 Wollaton FC

Notts Senior League Premier Division

Venue – Greenwich Avenue, Basford

Admission £2.00 / £1.00

Attendance H/C 100

Friday night football – I love it. It seems to becoming more and more popular -  the CMFL had Teversal v Blidworth, and in the U21 league, Eastwood were at home to Belper Town. More please...

A very cold evening, but as with most 3G venues, this game was never in doubt. Watched the game with Pete, Macca and Wayne Morrison, and as usual the banter was quality, most of it regarding the state of my hooter! We all get spots every now and again, but this was a beauty and was glowing bright red…all the old Rudolph puns were there in numbers, as was the gesture of warming of the hands in front of a fire. Very funny, but that bastard of a zit was very painful and the freezing conditions didn’t help. White face – blazing red snout… sympathy from so called friends. I’ll get them back some time in the future, trust me!

Basford and Wollaton lie fourth and fifth respectively in the league, so on paper this looked like would be a decent game, although for the first 15 minutes it was all a little cat and mouse. That changed on 17 when Jack Duffy gave Basford the lead, firing into the top corner, giving the Wollo keeper no chance. The lead was cancelled out on the half hour mark, when Jake Fisher stooped low to head home from a few feet out after Jay Knight had headed on from a long throw. There were plenty of cries for the lino to give an offside decision, but there was a Basford player on the line defending the far post, so quite rightly, the goal stood. H-T 1-1

Wollaton took the lead within just three minutes of the restart. From a right wing corner, Jay Knight’s neat flick saw the ball crash off the underside of the bar and into the net. Cracking improvisation by JJ, and well worth winning any game. Unfortunately for Wollaton his strike was bettered in the 85th minute – Malcolm Podier running across the 18 yard box before curling a beauty into the top corner. The keeper could only watch in admiration, as did everyone else in the ground. Fisher did have the ball in the net again for Wollaton in added time, but was adjudged to have been in an offside position when he collected the ball. F-T 2-2

Great game – some very good players on the pitch – and it was great to see Ashley Grayson and Billy Bennett back in action – class acts….. although Grayson's miss from 2 yards out will probably go down as my miss of the season!!