Basford Out Of Trophy

Basford United crashed out of the FA Trophy at the second qualifying round this weekend as they were beaten 3-1 by FC United of Manchester.

In front of over 900 at Broadhurst Park Michael Donohue put the home side 1-0 up on 21 minutes before Brad Gascoigne equalised for Steve Chettle’s men just five minutes later.

The home side however scored twice before half time through Ennis and Owolabi and there was no way back for Basford who now can turn focus on to their own promotion race.

In the Northern Premier League South East Division Carlton Town’s own promotion race was put on hold as their home match against Market Drayton was called off. In a rain effected weekend Worksop Town’s match at Stocksbridge Park Steels did go ahead with a disappointing share of spoils following a late equaliser for the home side.

Worksop started brightly netting through Steven McDonnell in the first minute long before Josh Nodder levelled things up on 54. With the Tigers in front through Connor Brunt on 81 the away team might have fancied taking all three points but a 90th minute equaliser by Reece Fielding ensured a point a piece would be taken instead.

In the Northern Counties East League it was much of the same for AFC Mansfield who drew 1-1 with leaders Penistone Church at the Forest Town Stadium. The home team went ahead through Ross Duggan in the first half and might have been thinking a shock was on the cards before Danny Howes equalised with five minutes to go. Mansfield who lie in 19th position on reflection will be satisfied in taking a good solid point against the promotion favourites but it will still no doubt hurt after coming so close to all three.

In Division One the Ollerton Town match verses North Ferriby was abandoned after floodlight failure whilst Retford FC lost 3-1 at Hall Road Rangers after Alex Knaggs and Charlie Birley (twice) put the home side home and dry. Josh Street did get a consolation on 63 but it was points very much missed against a side fighting near the foot of the table.

There was no Midland Premier League action for Nottinghamshire sides this weekend as both Newark Flowserve and Selston’s games were called off due to the weather. Selston will now face Bolehall Swifts tomorrow night whilst Newark will play Old Wulfrunians on Saturday.

*Main image @FCUnitedMCR James Reid goes close for Basford.

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