Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Basford Utd U19 3-2 Buxton U19

The temrerature gauge in my car read 6 degrees, a little bit deceiving - at pitchside it was baltic!! 

It's been a good season so far for United's younsgsters. Before kick off they were still unbeaten in the league, sitting in third spot, three points behind Harworth and Parkgate but with three games in hand.

This looked like being a tough challenge for the home team - Buxton having played the same number of games and just one point behind Basford.

Ground improvements are coming along nicely at Greenwich Avenue, a second turnstile has been added since my previous visit, and they have begun to infill the pitch perimeter fencing.  I spent the first half in the company of Tony Squires, with Danny Staley  joining us at the break. 

Old school paper and tape, but it's always pleasing to see the line ups. Thanks Neil!

Basford's usually tight defence appeared to at sixes and sevens as Buxton pressed from the off.  On 23, the visitor's took full advantage and grabbed their first goal - DANNY HOPKINS firing home from close range after the defence failed a three occasions to clear their lines.

Five minutes later it was all square, a thundering drive into the net from JACK HODSON after terrific wing play and cross from Dan Jackson. Jackson is already a fully fledged first team player - one to watch I think!!!

With 10 to go in the first half, Basford went ahead through KYLE KEETLEY, who fired home left footed from about 12 yards. ALEX AIREY restored parity for the Bucks  on 41, again taking advantage of some poor defending. 

45 seconds later though, Basford were back in front again, this time the run and cross from Jackson picking out KYLE KEETLEY who hammered the ball home to score what was to prove to be the wining goal. H-T 3-2

Second half was a dire affair, and with the eye-watering, nose running, blustery conditions it proved difficult for both teams to create much.  F-T 3-2

Harry Hawkins took the middle and as expected, didn't put a foot wrong - both teams' marks should hopefully reflect this!!

Admission £2 (inc programme)
Attendance  - head count 26