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Basford Utd. Put on Thin Ice as Bilborough Bobslei

Karl thomas  Wednesday, October 24, 2001  11:57 GMT

On an overcast but dry day, table toppers Basford Utd entertained a much improved Bilborough side at Mill Street in Division 3 of the Notts Alliance.

Bilborough were without the services of former 1st team captain Pat ‘the hatchet man’ Atkinson, ‘stalwart’ Kenny Wilson, the ‘expired’ goal poacher Paul King and Ian ‘I’m sorry I’m late’ Lindo (Beefy).

The away side, under the guidance of John Pollard (sorry Spollin) who recently replaced the departed ‘Lord Lucan’ Simon Marlow, started brightly with their new “pass and move” game. Early exchanges between Davies and Daws down the left saw Daws showing silky skills and getting to the by-line to cross, which nearly resulted in Montie Douglas, the ex-Guyanese veteran international converting the inviting centre.

Basford were shell shocked by the early bombardment. James Capel raped, pillaged, assaulted and committed countless indictable offences on the oppositions number 9, and was ably supported by Jerry ‘hold on tight and wait till the ride stops’ Pearson, who appears to be excelling in his latest of many roles at Centre Half.

It was the Goose Fair man who took an early Free-Kick just inside his own half towards 1st team reject Karl Thomas, who intelligently turned his marker and curled a right-footed shot into the top right hand corner to put the boys 1-0 up.

Spollin’s men continued to press for further goals. On 30 minutes they got their rewards following a Douglas corner. Marcel Reid’s shallow shot fell invitingly to an offside unmarked Thomas who coolly slotted home to make it 2-0. Fortunately the officials had failed to spot his misdemeanour.

Russell and Gunn both impressed and bossed the Midfield and on the stroke of half time a Russell shot (which ‘Golden Balls’ Sean Bremner would have been proud of) put the game firmly out of reach of the home side. Both midfielders were gainfully showing the credentials that Des Cole demands from his first team squad, and the score was 3-0 at half time.

In the second half the visitors defence, admirably marshalled by the vastly experienced Spollin, kept the home side at bay until the 70th minute when the ball appeared to go out of play which duly prompted the defence to stop. This gifted the Basford team their only clear cut opportunity of this one sided encounter, which they gratefully rammed past a helpless Wright to pull one back.

However, this proved to be too little too late with the inspirational Gunn intercepting a pass form the opposition and supplying a perfectly weighted pass into the path of the clubs record goal scorer Thomas. He pulled the trigger and fired Bilborough 4-1 up.

On this performance the boys should seriously be challenging for honours come the end of the season if the side can maintain its stoic defending, energy and innovation in midfield and goals up front, there’s no reason why they cant achieve their goal.

Match Ratings:
S Wright (7) M Reid(7) I Dawes(7) J Spollin (8) J Capel(8) J Pearson(8)
J Gunn(9) A Russel(8) M Douglas(8) K Thomas(8) J Davies(7)Subs: D Storey(6) S Guerra(6) E Bridgett(6)

Star Man J Gunn.
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