Former Nottingham Forest defender and the clubs’ third highest appearance holder Steve Chettle is relishing the opportunity when his Basford United side hosts the Red’s Under 23’s side in the fourth round of the Nottingham Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
“It will be great,” he said “I played and coached at Forest for many years and worked with some great people. Gary Brazil was very helpful to me when he became Academy manager and I still speak to him now. I know Chris Cohen and Andy Reid through their Forest connection also.”
“The Under 23’s set up at Forest is excellent and with them being top of their respective Development league it makes this a very tough challenge for us. This is a side that went to Chelsea and did themselves proud and has some very good footballers.”
While Chettle accepts his side will be up against it on the pitch, off the pitch he is hoping that no matter the result such a big game can help Basford’s fan base grow.
He said: “It puts us on the map playing against Forest who are entering the cup for the first time in a long time. It’s a good occasion for the football club to get people down to watch Forest’s under 23’s and see what we’re about. Hopefully they will have a good experience on the night and come to our games in the future and enable our fan base to grow.”
The game gives Chettle’s side the opportunity to reach the quarter finals of the Senior Cup for the third straight season, with the club having won the trophy the previous two season. Although this draw represents one of the harder tasks that the competition had on offer before the draw was made.
“I don’t think the game could be any bigger,” said Chettle. “It’s the holders vs Nottingham Forest.”
“The club has done fantastically well to win the County Cup back to back and to win it for a third time is going to be very difficult with this draw. If we do progress to the next round it will be because we have played very well.”
While the fixture represents a chance to progress in the cup, Chettle has reiterated that his main focus is to achieve promotion from the Northern Premier League where they currently occupy 2nd place.
He said: “This (the game against Forest’s Under 23’s) is a pleasant distraction for the club to compete against a Championship, promotion chasing squad. But our main objective for the season is to gain promotion. We want to try and win every game that we play in and keep all the players in the best possible form to continue with that challenge.”
The game kicks off at 7:45 on Tuesday 4th February at Greenwich Avenue, NG6 0LD.
*Article provided by Harry Worgan (Basford United Correspondent).
*Main image @Basfordutdfc United Manager Steve Chettle played over 500 games for Forest.