Thursday, 26 July 2012

Basford United 2-2 Carlton Town

Pre-season friendly at Greenwich Avenue -- kick off 7:45pm

The latest game in our pre-season programme saw Basford United (EMCL) take on Carlton Town (Evo-Stik Div 1 South).

No notes, no camera, no programme - but this was a very good game played between two very capable sides.  Basford started with a strong eleven, whilst Carlton had a few of their regular players missing for one reason or another. 

The game was fairly even for the majority of the first period, but after 40 minutes had been played, a spectacular 20+ yard drive from Sam McVicar flew past Curtis MacDonald before the Basford keeper could react. What a strike !!

A minute or so from the restart Basford were level - Jarrod Westcarr turning superbly in the area before smashing the ball past the Carlton keeper.  Aaron Hooton had a chance to put the home team in front on 43, but his spot kick ricocheted off the bar and was eventually cleared. H-T 1-1

McVicar put the Millers back in the lead in the 68th minute, his cracking low drive from the corner of the box flying past the despairing dive of sub keeper Jake Want. 

Another penalty was awarded to Basford with just 4 minutes left on the clock - this time Martin Carruthers made no mistake from the spot. Finished 2-2 and that seemed a fair enough result. Cracking entertainment - and only a couple of quid to get in - but there were still some who chose to watch from the car-park rather than part with their hard-earned!!

Mid-way through the second period, Brian Dennett introduced us to Basford centre-back Joe Pheasant - the former Hucknall Town and Stamford player told us he was enjoying life at Greenwich Avenue, and was impressed with the quality of the current squad. He said that dropping down a couple of steps hasn't been a problem - and is looking forward to cementing his place in the Basford starting eleven.

Attendance 40-50 ..