Played at Carlton Town's Bill Stokeld Stadium, this was a tale of bad tempers, bad officiating and some truly awful "supporters". I use the word "supporter" loosely - and I am sure Basford will want to distance themselves from one certain person. He was so unhappy at an offside decision that wiped out a goal that would have brought Basford back into the game at 2-1, that he climbed over the perimeter fencing and went eye-ball to eye-ball with the Assistant Referee who was perfectly positioned to make the ruling. We were behind the goal and the Basford no. 10 was clearly offside when he prodded the ball home. Just the keeper between him and the goal.
Not a moment for Basford or the NSL to be proud of and surely there will be repercussions. The Referee had a poor game, and never appeared to be in control. No team sheets and no idea who the Ref was, so I have no personal axe to grind. He will probably reflect on his performance and know he could have handled this game a lot better.
Basford started the game looking a decent attacking force with Richard Liburd looking good, but the Rolls back four were solid enough and were marshalled superbly by former Eastwood favourite Lee Soar. Despite all the pressure, Rolls took the lead against the run of play on 18 when their no. 9 shirt Andy Start, nipped in to lift the ball past the United keeper after it was deflected into his path. H-T 0-1
Basford almost levelled on 51, but their no. 9 was not so assured with his finishing, powering a header wide from only 6 yards out. Jonathan Wass fired home a cracking drive on 73 to make it 2-0 to Rolls and ease some nerves, but then came the controversy. The whole incident was somewhat unsavoury and culminated with the United no. 11 being given his marching orders. They were down to 10 men, but Basford did score with 5 to go ... a corner from the right headed onto the bar, and the no. 3 Tobias Richardson on hand to nod home the rebound. 4 minutes of added time were played before the Referee called time on this game. F-T 1-2
No programme, no team sheet.
H/C 40 +
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