Windsor Foodservice Central Midlands Football League - Black Dragon South Division
Costly mistakes as Blidworth lose at Greenwich Avenue
2 defensive errors and a disallowed goal cost Blidworth 3 points away at a Basford side that are still unbeaten this season. Dave Voller must be scratching his head as his defence failed to clear the danger at the back.
Blidworth were again without Robbie Evans, Ryan Meehan & Joseph Meehan. Tom Moult was suspended and Joe Toddhunter, Michael Syrett, Matthew Allen, Stuart Candlin & Simon Duffy all away at work. They did however welcome back Carl Gould from suspension and Daniel Wright from work commitments.
The strong wind was blowing down the slope so Blidworth decided to kick into the wind first half. The first attempt on goal after 3 minutes saw Gary Armstrong shoot over after Jamie Senior had taken a quick free kick to Kyle Clarkson who in turn played a quick ball inside to create the chance.
Blidworth had started well but after 7 minutes they were 1 down when a free kick into the box was not cleared on three attempts by the Blidworth defence leaving Basford striker Courtney Hastings with time & space to pick his spot past an unguarded Paul Stanhope 1-0.
Basford were beginning to take advantage of the wind but could not breakthrough the Blidworth defence, balls over the top were running through to Stanhope and balls wide were running out of play.
On 20 minutes though the teams were level when a ball down the left by Nathan Brown could have been cut out by the Basford full back but he slipped allowing Christopher Shelton a free run at goal, the Under 19`s winger coolly slipped the ball past the Basford keeper to make it 1-1.
This gave Blidworth the lift they needed and 2 minutes later they won a corner which Armstrong played short to Senior, Senior was fouled just outside the area by a Basford defender who was booked for the challenge. Senior could take no further part in the game though and was replaced by Daniel Wright.
The Free kick was struck well by Armstrong but it deflected off the wall for a corner. Nothing came of the corner and for the next 10 minutes the game became scrappy with play being stopped on numerous occasions for fouls.
On 32 minutes Basford won a free kick 25 yards out which was struck into the wall, the ball rebounded out and was struck with venom on target but Stanhope gathered the ball well with Basford strikers following in on the Blidworth keeper.
The rest of the half petered out with the referee having a word with the Basford assistant manager when he challenged what looked like a good tackle in the middle of the field after the referee had made a decision against his side.
The second half kicked off with the wind behind Blidworth and after 5 minutes it looked like they had taken the lead when Clarkson broke free down the right and crossed for Craig Gould to head into the net but the linesman had his flag up and the goal was ruled out for offside.
Blidworth pressed to get in front but like Basford in the first half their play got away from them in the strong wind. The Basford management made two changes and this seemed to make a difference to their play as they got back into the game testing Stanhope with crosses and shots but the Blidworth stopper stood firm.
On 71 minutes though another defensive mistake cost Blidworth as Daniel Wright was caught in possession by Tommy Kemp leaving the Blidworth defence exposed he ran towards goal taking the ball into the box unchallenged to slot the ball past Stanhope to make it 2-1.
Dave Voller had seen enough and introduced himself for Christopher Shelton and reshuffled his pack to make them tighter in defence. Wright was still frustrated by his mistake and got himself a yellow card in the 78th minute after pulling back a Basford striker after being well turned by the player.
Basford were now controlling the game and had a great chance to put the game out of Blidworths reach when in the 86th minute the Blidworth defence appealed for offside but the flag never came and Tommy Kemp ran through one on one with Stanhope but the Basford man of the match could only find the side netting.
As injury time loomed Blidworth pushed forward with Voller, Clarkson & Craig Gould trying to cut through the Basford defence but the held firm until the final whistle blew to give Basford a much deserved 3 points.
Blidworth can count themselves unlucky but Basford were the better team on the day preserving their unbeaten record and condemning Blidworth to their 5th defeat of the season. Next week they play near neighbours and bottom club Calverton Miners Welfare at home but before that on Wednesday they take on Brett Marshalls Retford United in a friendly kick off 7.45pm.