EvoStik Northern Premier League Division 1 South
At the Sun Hat Villas and Resorts Stadium
Ashby Avenue, Hartsholme, Lincoln
Lincoln United 0
Basford United 0
Admission £8 Programme £1 (inc team sheet)
And other times; there are nil-nil draws like tonight's.
Sixth placed Basford United, travelled to take on Lincoln United who are in twelfth, nine points behind their Nottingham based visitors and the majority of this hard fought battle for a point apiece took part in the midfield, while both defences stuck ruggedly to their respective tasks.
The draw was a fair result, with Lincoln having the better of the first half, when Danny Brooks was unlucky not to break the deadlock with a thumping long range strike, while the visitors looked more likely to force the issue after the break, when Courey Grantham teamed up with Kieran Wells in attack.
Wells made a good run between the two Lincoln central defenders, but when Kyle Dixon picked him out with a low corner kick from out on the right, the ball sat up awkwardly in front of the prolific striker and gave the whites captain, Michael Jacklin the opportunity to clear.
After the break, Brooks improvisation almost caught out Deeney as he drilled a shot towards the near post from out on the right, when everyone else seemed to be anticipating a cross, but Basford's former Notts County keeper got down at the last moment to smother the ball.
They also kept a close eye on Fabian Smith, limiting his options as a supply line for his forwards.
The home side seemed to struggle to stay onside, with Basford defending high up the pitch and moving out as a very tight unit whenever the need arose.
Grantham nearly scored late in the day for the visitors, but having rode two challenges as he attacked the Lincoln goal across the dead ball line from the left, but Luke Hornsey blocked his shot and put the ball wide of the right hand post at the expense of a corner.
One thing that I would have to give both sides a lot of credit for tonight, was their unrelenting hard graft and effort, on a night when the wind blowing straight across the 'lumpy and bumpy' surface must have made even basic passes and accurate shooting difficult. At times like this, all you can ask of players is that their work ethic and commitment doesn't falter... and to that end everybody passed with flying colours.
When the going got tough, the tough... well y'know!
FT: Lincoln United 0 v Basford United 0
If you haven't been to Lincoln United before, get yourself along, they are a very friendly, welcoming and accommodating club. Their next home game is on Tuesday 28th February (next week) against Belper Town.