Competition: H-K-L North Mids U19 League Division One
Scorers: Joe Brothwell (25), Kamal Asamung-Hayes (30), Josh Rae (75), Marcus Fletcher (88 pen)
This was the first league fixture for the home team since November - even so, a win would secure the title with still two games to play.
Stood behind the top goal for the first half, trying in vain to escape the biting, chill breeze and failing miserably. Went out totally unprepared for a cold evening, but hey ho, never mind, eh?
Basford were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute, but Joe Brothwell's kick was well saved by Retford keeper Tom Fuller. BROTHWELL did manage to beat Fuller six minutes later though, his cross-shot from the right curling into the far corner of the goal.
It was 2-0 on the half-hour mark, KAMAL ASAMUNG-HAYES cracking a low drive at goal from 22 yards that was hit so firmly that although Fuller managed to get down to the ball, it flew under his body and rippled the back of the net. H-T 2-0
Watched the second half in the company of Barry McKeag, father of Basford defender Luke, and club Director Neil McGowan. Neil has played a big part in Baford's rise through the leagues, and told me that the club has actually achieved step 4 (Evo-Stik) grading.
The second half was played almost entirely in Retford's half, and it was credit to them that they held out until the 75th minute before conceding again.
On this occasion the defence couldn't prevent JOSH RAE having a shot from 15 yards, and despite brave blocking by the defence, the ball ricocheted past Fuller, giving the scoreline a more realistic look.
Another penalty was awarded with two minutes to play, this time MARCUS FLETCHER made no mistake from the spot. F-T 4-0
Admission: £2 inc programme
So Basford claim the three points they needed to ensure they would win the league. The games against Staveley and Worksop will have no real meaning, but I reckon I'll be at both.