The latest renewal of hostilities between Hucknall rivals T8’S and BARFLYS H2O did not go entirely as expected in the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE’S Premier Premier Division.
But the outcome ran true to form as defending champions T8’s pipped bottom-of-the-table Barflys 2-1.
Tom Coupe gave the visitors a shock early lead, raising hopes of only their second win of the season. However, evergreen hitman Andy Start converted a penalty to equalise and also bagged the winner in the dying minutes to complete T8’s SIXTH successive victory over their arch rivals.
Now Reece Jackson’s men can focus on their league cup semi-final next Tuesday night when they tackle Premier First Division leaders Kirkby Town.
Also in the Premier Division, GREEN DRAGON followed up derby wins over both T8’s and Station Hotel with a 2-0 success away to struggling Clumber.
On a windy day, Dragon bossed most of the game with some constructive football. And their relentless pressure finally paid dividends in the second half when a fine move fell to striker Matt Lucas, who calmly drove across the ‘keeper from the right-hand side of the area.
Clumber protested loudly that Lucas was offside, but they rarely threatened an equaliser, failing to capitalise on their speedy forwards.
Dragon sealed the points late on when man-of-the-match Kane Matthews curled a beautiful free-kick into the bottom corner of the net from just outside the box.
DRAGON LINE-UP (3-2-3-2) -- Taylor J./ Smith, Neale, McPhilbin/ Taylor D., Fletcher/ Bernard J., Matthews J., Haskey/ Lucas, Matthews K. Sub: Lewis.
A DOUBLE-header against title-chasing Gedling Inn, also in the league’s top flight, failed to yield any reward for STATION HOTEL (HUCKNALL).
Station agreed to play two truncated matches against Gedling on the same morning to help ease a fixture backlog. But they lost the first 1-0 and the second 3-2 to hand the visitors six points that lifted them to the top of the table.
Luke Attenborough scored the only goal of a tight opener in the last minute, and was also on target in the next fixture.
Bulwell defender Jay Knight bagged Gedling’s other two goals, while Elliott Christie and Christian Mantezola replied for battling Station.