Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Basford Utd 5-1 Heanor Town

Tuesday 17th September - venue: Greenwich Avenue.

Our first visit of the season to Greenwich Avenue - have to say the place is looking good! The new changing room block is almost complete, and Chris Munroe reckons it will be open in a couple of weeks time. 

We didn't quite know what to expect tonight - both teams are "ontheroad" favourites, but while Basford have adapted quite well to life in the NCEL Premier Division, Heanor have had to rebuild after management and playing staff changes, and are still trying to find some consistent form.

Basford almost took the lead in the third minute, but Courtney Hastings' 18 yard effort crashed off the top of the crossbar with Heanor keeper Mark Frost well beaten.

Frost was not so lucky with the first Basford goal on 22 though - his call going unheeded by left back Corey Bowler who nodded the ball over Frost straight into the path of TJ NIGHTINGALE, who simply had to roll the ball into the empty net.

Bowler was guilty of making a poor challenge on the corner of the box in the 43rd minute, and from the resultant free-kick, JAMIE WALKER added his name to the scoresheet. His set piece curler into the box was missed by everyone and the ball flew into the net at the far stick.

A Walker corner in first half stoppage time was met by an unmarked COURTNEY HASTINGS at the far post to increase the home teams lead, a lead they were full value for. H-T 3-0

The second half was only 5 minutes old when United added to their tally - a superb Lee Morris cross tapped in from close range by an unmarked NIGHTINGALE.

HASTINGS added his second and Basford's fifth in the 58th minute, blasting home from a yard out after the Lions' defence failed to clear from a corner.

KIERAN BEBROUWER scored from the spot with 15 minutes left on the clock - this gave Town a second wind and they took the game to their hosts who, by this time, had dropped down a gear or two and entered into cruise mode. F-T 5-1

Admission £5
Programme (inc team sheet) £1
Attendance 65