Ok, first question to you guys. We have a lot of Essex men and women in this league. Hands up if you have seen Basildon United play before or been to their 2,000 capacity Gardiners Close ground? Be interested to hear from anyone.
In front of just 50 paying spectators Long Melford were nowhere near their best on Saturday as they went out to a first half goal. On 12 minutes a ball over the top caught out the Melford defence and CRAIG GILLAM had the simple task of finding the net from close range.
From that moment on Basildon started to boss the game forcing several corners and giving Melford little time to settle into their footballing pattern. Only some desperate defending by Melford kept the scoreline down.
It was a much closer second period and perhaps Melford were a little unlucky not to force a replay. The introduction of substitutes and a different formation at last provided some hope for our boys from Suffolk but it wasn’t to be and despite a hotly disputed disallowed goal we have to say goodbye to Long Melford and alright geeze to Basildon United.
Basildon will host fellow Essex club Hullbridge Sports in the 1st Qualifying Round on Saturday 12th September. More on Basildon United soon.