1 March 2017 - Basford Academy 3 - 1 Football CV
This was another vital victory for the Academy side against another very good title contender. With a depleted side it was always going to be a very difficult game against another good footballing side.
Basford started the game with a real urgency and tempo and used the wind very well in the opening minutes. The FCV goalkeeper was in fine form keeping out efforts from both Labban and White early on. Basford playing a high pressing game never gave FCV a chance to settle and the pressure finally told in the 11th minute when the impressive Will Bown’s corner was bundled home by Cardell Labban. Basford continued to press and were rewarded when a fine flowing move down the right ended with a clinical finish in off the bar from Remel White. 2-0 Basford.
Basford continued to dominate and created further chances to increase their lead. George Barker who was superb throughout the game had a blistering effort fly inches wide of the far post. White and Labban were both denied by the irrepressible FCV goalkeeper in 1v1 situations and Will Bowns excellent set pieces were somehow cleared by the visiting defence.
HT: Basford 2 FCV 0
There was bad news at half-time as Cardell Labban was forced out of action via a dead leg. The re-shuffle saw the introduction of Jordan Hopkinson into the left hand side of midfield. FCV started very brightly and had Basford on the back foot almost immediately. The conditions were not helping the home side and some great saves from Geroge Sansom kept the score at 2-0. Basford were living dangerously and could not seem to clear their lines or find any rhythm to combat the attacking prowess of the visitors. The visitors finally made the breakthrough in the 77th minute following a goal mouth scramble.
It was backs to the wall stuff as FCV continued to press for the equaliser as Basford struggled to deal with the wave after wave of pressure. Remel White had a great chance to make it 3-1, but once again was denied by an excellent save from the visiting keeper. The same applied to Sullaiman Azzouz as the keeper somehow turned his effort round the post. Diaz Cameron finally got the 3rd for Basford and his hard work and energy finally got the just rewards for the home side. Chasing down a lost cause he somehow managed to muscle his way past the last defender and the goal keeper to roll the ball into an empty net. 3-1
A fantastic result and performance and keeps us in with a great chance of winning the league. Well done to all 14 players involved today. A fantastic team effort.
2 February 2017
It was another excellent win for the academy side v a tough Peterborough side who had inflicted our only defeat on us earlier in the season.
Basford came out of the blocks flying and with real tempo and urgency. Some of the football on display at times was breathtaking and numerous goal scoring opportunities were created. Callum Smith and Cardell Labban were both denied early on by some excellent goal keeping and the frame of the goal posts. It was through sheer pressure and excellent combination play that Basford finally made the break through. It came directly from a corner and it was Nick Knight who finished the loose ball with aplomb.
Basford were by far the superior side and continued to dominate possession and press frantically for the second goal. Despite a glut of chances being created and a combination of good saves from the opposition goal keeper and poor finishing kept the score down to 1-0. Disaster struck in the 35th minute and after a controversial refereeing decision enabled Peterborough to break through and equalise with a neat finish. This clearly gave them a lift and 5 minutes later they were 2-1 up after scoring from a free header directly from a corner. Basford finished the half with a flurry, but once again could not finish the chances created.
Basford started the second half as they finished the first and equalised 2 minutes after half time with Diaz Cameron heading in a Will Smith corner at the far post. Basford continued to dominate possession with some free flowing football and positive attacking play had the visitors on the ropes for the next 15 minutes. Once again it was the inspired Peterborough goal keeper who somehow single handedly kept the scores level. Basford finally got the breakthrough in the 72nd minute and it was skipper Robbie McNicholas who led by example to head in another Will Smith corner to make it 3-2. It quickly became 4-2 after the hard working Cardell Labban finally got his rewards after a bustling performance with a crisp finish low into the far corner. Cardell was soon on the score sheet again after a fine through ball led to a cool finish to make it 5-2. Substitute Remel White completed the scoring with 2 minutes to go slotting home to make it 6-2. It was another excellent performance from the academy side and was even more pleasurable as title rivals Boston dropped 2 valuable points to enable Basford to go 2 points clear at the top of the U19 Youth Alliance table.
A great all round team performance and well done to all the players involved.
25 January 2017
The academy have started the New Year in fine form and have had to 2 very convincing wins to start their 2017 campaign off nicely. A trip away at Maltby Main on the 11th January in horrendous windy conditions Basford produced an emphatic 7-0 win. The goal scorers on the day were Cardell Labban-4, Remel White-2 and William Bown with a close range finish to complete the scoring. The only downside on the day were injuries to key players, Jacub Tabreham and Anthony Graham and we wish them a speedy recovery.
The game on the 18th January was the reverse fixture v Maltby Main and they made 6 changes to a stronger looking side. Another emphatic performance in a convincing 8-1 win. They started brightly, but within 15 minutes Basford opened the scoring courtesy of a cool finish from Sulaiman Azzouz. Basford did not let up and despite a penalty miss from Cardell Labban, Basford scored 2 more via the excellent Callum Smith to lead 3-0 at Half-time. Basford continued to dominate possession and pushed for more goals and they were not to be disappointed. Another 2 from man of the match Callum Smith, a cool header from Skipper Robbie Mchnicholas and a cool close range finish from Substitute Remel completed the scoring for the home side. Maltby did get a consolation via a fine strike from Lewis Szanto.
The result sent Basford to joint top of the table and look forward to facing 2nd placed Boston in the next league fixture.