The eleven stood tall, nerves of steel, staring into the eyes of the ninety minute storm, missing our first choice keeper plus Wilson up front to boot, but, this King and Hannah side have fight and did the town proud once again. The inclement elements made a mockery of the best endeavours of two passing sides in the first half. The first bounce gained ten yards thanks to the wind and rain on top of a pre-match double portion from the sprinkers. Trinity however looked the most dangerous hindered rather than helped playing with a gale force wind. The brave Basford back four, saw any limited final ball come to little or nothing.
It is true both sides had first half chances. Middleton forced a full length save from Deeney while Green had to be alert to save from a James Reid free-kick. A Worsfold effort was also deflected for a corner.
Stainfield was replaced by Evans at half-time with Simmons also on for Longbottom on 53. The game was now end to end. Arguably the turning point of a passionately contested cup-tie style contest came on seventy minutes. A 50/50 between Thornhill and Shane Clark saw the Basford man shown a second yellow to reduce the hosts to ten men.
Driven on by the management duo new signing Liam Hughes, an absolute beast of a blue, beats his man and fires just wide. Before Byrne bedazzled with his wing wizardry prowess, beating two to deliver a dangerous ball. The goalmouth scramble sees Worsfold pounce and prod but the 'keeper somehow saves with his body.
A burst from Ben Gordon into the box, brought a second smart block from the man in the sticks. Could Trinity penetrate, with time running out? With the three minutes of added time all but up salvation as super sub Simmons make no mistake with a clinical drive from 18 yards to send the Holy hordes home happy with the last kick of the game. It's what Saturdays are all about! Folks will be frying all week, down Trinity Street with Marine at home up next.
Tems & Schemes
Basford: (4-4-2) Deeney, Carr, Roma, Galinski, Gascoigne, Nash, Thomas, Thornhill, Grantham, Watson, Reid
Trinity: (4-4-1-1) Green, Austin, Gordon, Russell, Maguire, Stainfield, Burne, Clarke, Worsfold, Middleton, Longbottom, Hornshaw, Evans, Hughes, Hannah, Simmons
Basford 0 Gainsborough 1 (Simmons 90')
Attendance 355 (approx 160 Holy Blues)