Cambridge City turn their attention to Buildbase FA Trophy action tomorrow as they entertain Basford United at Bridge Road.
The First Qualifying Round tie against higher opposition is rich reward for City after their fine 4-2 win over Peterborough Sports a fortnight ago.
The Nottingham based outfit are third in the Evostik Northern Premier Division, 9 points off leaders Scarborough Athletic. They warmed up for the match tomorrow with a fine 4-0 victory over Bamber Bridge last weekend – only their second away win of the season. One of the players to watch for the visitors tomorrow will be Nathan Watson who is second in the league leading goal scorers having found the net on 8 occasions this season. Basford are managed by Martin Carruthers who was a former striker who made 67 league appearances for Peterborough United scoring 21 goals and also had a brief spell on loan to Cambridge United in 2005.
City go into the game in fine form and will relish an opportunity to cause an upset against a higher grade team. Currently six games unbeaten, the Lilywhites have pushed their way into promotion contention in recent times and confidence will be sky high in the camp. Boss Robbie Nightingale will be tempted to stick with the starting XI that have recorded the results in recent weeks although Ryan Towner could be in contention for a place in the line-up. Last week City stretched their unbeaten run courtesy of a 4-2 win at struggling North Leigh.
What the opposition say:
Speaking to www.basfordunited.co.uk, manager Martin Carruthers said:
“We are full of confidence after a great win at Bamber Bridge last week.
“We had Cambridge watched at the weekend and they are a good side who are a real threat going forwards. The standard is not much different from ours and we expect a very tough game.
“They are flying high in their own league so I’m sure they will be expecting to get a positive result just like us. We will have to be at our best if we are to get through this round!
“I’m a huge fan of FA competitions and like us all would love a decent run. You need a bit of luck and good fortune along the way, but what will be will be!
“Form goes out of the window in any cup competition and it’s who is best on the day. Hopefully we can keep our good run going and come away with a positive result”.
A bit more on Basford….
Basford United were formed in 1900, and are in the Northern Premier Division after gaining promotion from Division One South last season. They found their way to the Northern Premier League after making amazing progress from the Central Midlands league as recently as 2011-12. Basford is actually pronounced Baseford, and they are the third Nottinghamshire team that City has played in the Trophy. The others being Hucknall in 2005 and Eastwood in 2010. Basford is also the place where the now famous HP Brown Sauce was invented. Frederick Gibson Garton came up with the recipe in his pickling factory at the back of 47 Sandon Street, Basford.
Here’s what the City fans on the prediction panel have to say ahead of the game:
We’ve continued the good form of late and starting to look a force. However, make no mistake this will be a tough tie against a good opposition. The ingredients are there for an excellent free scoring game. Both teams strengths lie in attack. As we are at home, we have a real chance so I am going for an epic 4-3 victory.
It was very important that we got the 3 points last Saturday. Tomorrow will be very difficult for us as we are playing a team from a higher league but if we are up for it and give a good account of ourselves we have every chance. However, I just feel that they will just edge it so I am going for a narrow 2-1 defeat, but I hope I’m wrong!”
What if the match ends in a draw?
If the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes, then there will be a replay at Basford’s Greenwich Avenue ground on Monday evening with a 7:45pm kick-off. Whoever wins the game will receive £3,250.00 in prize money
City last six: W W D W W W
Basford last six: W W D L W W
Kick-off at Bridge Road is at 3:00pm. Supporters are reminded that as this is an FA fixture, the consumption of alcoholic drink inside the stadium environment is strictly prohibited.
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