Southwell City completed their season’s league fixtures with a narrow defeat against probable league champions Basford United at the week-end.
With nothing to loose City made some radical changes to their starting formation and yet another City youngster Tom Tyler
was given an opportunity at this senior level. The first twenty minutes belonged to City as they started in vibrant fashion and forced the game to Basford with a five man mid-field but they could not find a way through the strong Basford defence. At the thirty minute mark Basford were awarded a free kick about 25 yards from the City goal and Darren Garmston found the City net with a clean strike. Seven minutes later Basford extended their lead with an excellent team goal. Basford’s left back Richard Harrison started the move deep in is own half and found Carl Westcarr on the left flank. Westcarr fed the ball across field and after two further passes was on the receiving end to find the roof of City’s net and gave City keeper Nathan Burrows
The second half was a more even affair but City seemed to lack belief in themselves and their ability and appeared content with the score line. With only eight minutes remaining of the match Tom Tyler
struck for City when he met a Robbie Mawer corner with a firm header. Although time was running out for City to snatch the equaliser it was “game on” and City, now believing in themselves, looked the most likely to score but failed to convert their dominance into goals and the Basford bench were relieved to hear the final whistle from referee Rob Townsend.
Southwell City: Nathan Burrows
, Paul Durham, Grant Blackhurst
, Tom Tyler
, Jamie Bennett (Jonathan Upton), Chris Jackson, Dean Carpenter
, Tom McDonald, Jamie Davey (Paddy Ryan), James Spence (Mark Ballard), Robbie Mawer.
Sub not used: Bill Pyecroft.
Referee: Rob Townsend.