Next Saturday we travel to Basford, a suburb in North West Nottingham. How can I persuade fans to travel to this game? 1. They play on a synthetic pitch. 2. They have already beaten us 4-0 on that pitch in this seasons F A Trophy. That aside we will travel in hope of getting something out of this game, so there is every reason to travel to this game to support the team.

 Basford lie 7th in the league with 47 points from their 30 games. At home they have won 11 and lost 4. They have yet to register a home draw. I think many of us would be happy with a point. Strangely, Basford have scored 67 goals but conceded 55. We too have conceded 55 so while they tend to win well at home they do not appear to travel well as our 3-1 win in September over them will testify. It would be a great result if we could break our duck on synthetic pitches, especially as we still to travel to Hyde.

Basford started this season, their first at step 3 in very good form but experienced a blip either side of Christmas. December saw 2 wins and 3 defeats in the league while January saw 1 win and 4 defeats. Their one win was a 2-1 at North Ferriby while one of the defeats was an alarming 8-3 reverse at home to Hyde. Sadly, as we arrive, they have won both of their February games.

Although a very young senior non-league club, Basford were formed in 1900, but played mostly in local Nottinghamshire Leagues. 1991 Basford moved to their current ground. In 2006 they joined the Notts Senior League. In their first season they finished 3rd. The next few seasons saw them come 5th, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd. In 2011-12 they won the Central Midlands League South in their first season in the competition and this success earned them promotion to the East Midlands Counties League for 2012-13 where they again ran out champions, setting a record points total as well as becoming the first club to complete the EMCL League and Cup double. That saw promotion to the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, where they finished in a creditable fifth place in 2013-14. That was to be their only season in the NCEL as they were moved into the newly formed Midland League Premier Division for 2014-15. This was to prove a memorable season for the club as they won the Premier Division in some style, finishing six points clear of their nearest challengers and winning the Notts Senior Cup for the first time in 27 years. The Midland League success earned the club promotion to the Northern Premier League Division One South, and then a further promotion to the Northern Premier League.

Other than the FA Trophy game this season our only other visit to Basford was our league 1 championship season of 2015/16 when we played out a 1-1 draw. Again, such a score would go down well with us this season. So, get behind the team and travel to this fixture. Our synthetic pitch hoodoo must come to end sometime. Basford play at Greenwich Avenue, Nottingham, NG6 OLD. Admission is, Adults £9, Concessions £6, and under 16s £2. For those travelling by train there are frequent services taking about 90 minutes changing at Tamworth for around £30 return. To get to the ground from the city centre take any tram to Phoenix Park or Hucknall and alight at Highbury Vale tram stop for a short walk to the ground.

Games played on February 23rd this century

2002       Folkstone                            A             1-2          Southern League

2008       Halifax                                  A             0-0          Conference

2009       Hinkley                                 A             0-4          Conference North

2015       Norton                                 A             0-0          Northern Premier League Division 1