Long Eaton United 2
Basford United 3
A poor Long Eaton United suffered another defeat, this time in the local derby against Basford at Grange Park on Saturday.
Looking to bounce back from the previous week’s setback, the Blues started well and in the 13th minute Brad Wells slipped through the channels of Basford’s defensive line and looked set to break the deadlock.
A last ditch tackle brought the player down and the referee blew, unaware that Wells had recovered and was poised one on one with the keeper.
The ‘Big Jim’ stand was in uproar and their anger was heightened when the referee failed to produce a red card, leaving a fortunate Basford with 11 players still on the field.
The Blues then fell behind 30 minutes later as a ball whipped in from the left was headed home by Fabian Smith.
On the stroke of half-time, Wells was through on goal but squandered the best chance of the match.
Basford, having controlled the midfield in the first half, really turned the screw in the second.
Having an extra yard of pace, they doubled their lead 30 minutes into the second-half. Theo Smith, a threat throughout, ran round the side of the Long Eaton defence and fizzed a ball to a grateful TJ Nightingale who poked home.
Moments later a third was added after Courtney Hastings was clumsily bundled over in the box and Martin Carruthers converted the resulting spot-kick.
Many predicted a mauling but the hard-working Matt Savage had other ideas. In the 83rd minute the 28-year-old tapped a scrambled ball in and repeated the same dosage on the dumbstruck Basford defence in the 86th with another bundled effort.
In a frenzied finish, the Blues could have salvaged a point but were denied by the woodwork with Basford holding on to take three points up Maid Marian Way.
Long Eaton manager Charlie Palmer said Basford had a ‘deserved win’ whilst questioning the desire of his players.
Long Eaton will look to return to winning ways as they travel to struggling Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Saturday (12th), kick-off 3pm.
Report by Adam Slater