Nottinghamshire Senior League
Friday 8th September 2017
Kick Off 19.45 Actual 19.54
Bilborough Town 2 Basford United Community 3, attendance 52
@ Harvey Hadden Stadium
No admission or programme.
Back on 10th March 1991 I came here to watch rugby league, seeing Nottingham City 20 Runcorn 14 in Division 2 of the national league set up. I returned last season, on Wednesday 15th February, to watch football, but despite the home club tweeting throughout the day that the pitch was perfect and that the game was on, this was far from the case, and on arrival i found out that the match had been postponed. Hardly surprising given the size of the puddle in the goal mouth !
With this game brought forward from Saturday, it was a good opportunity to visit the ground before the winter weather sets in and one where I wouldn’t have to rely on misleading information from the home club regarding pitch conditions. The only draw back was battling the Friday traffic. This meant a dreadful 4 hours 37 minutes drive north. Even with three sections of single lane roadworks on the M1 and M25, the return journey took two hours less.
The match itself took a while to get going, and not just because the match officials somehow managed to get the game started nine minutes late, but Basford were deserved winners and perhaps a surprise result, as it was 3rd v 14th in the league table.