Bullish boss Graves insists AFC’s future is bright

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The Central Midlands League, South Division table suggests they are struggling. But manager Andy Graves remains convinced that AFC HUCKNALL have a bright future.

Graves was delighted with the way Hucknall Town’s reserves acquitted themselves against leaders Pinxton, especially as they finished with FIVE 16-year-olds on the pitch.

AFC lost 3-1, but Pinxton only scored their third goal in the final minute -- and they had been gifted their first two by individual defensive errors.

“All the signs are positive,” says Graves. “If we can keep this squad together and add a little experience, we won’t be far away next season.”

AFC’s goal against Pinxton was scored by Tom Crisp, who coolly converted a penalty to pull the score back to 2-1.

An uninspired 3-1 defeat at home to fellow high-riders Netherfield Albion blew a hole in the hopes of HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE RESERVES finishing in the top three of the Notts Senior League’s First Division.

The writing was on the wall from the 20th minute when a defensive blunder handed Netherfield the lead. And the only bright spot for Rolls was a Sam Woodings equaliser.

The visitors, who played with purpose and conviction, added two more goals in the second half to run out deserved and easy winners.

ROLLS RESERVES LINE-UP: Bailey/ Hayes G., Jackson R., Lamb, Lee, Paterson I., Potter, Tring, Walker, Woddings, Yates. Subs: Gibson, Wass, Wright.

In-form LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES are still gunning for the Notts Senior League, Second Division title after two more fine wins.

Last midweek, they beat Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves 2-0 thanks to goals from Jonny Bernard and Alistair Murray. And last Saturday, they eclipsed Ruddington Reserves 2-1 thanks to early goals from Tom Endy (a bullet header) and Ant Wallis (a sublime chip).

The home team replied, but Linby’s defence was well marshalled by man-of-the-match Paul Prewett.

LINBY RESERVES LINE-UP: Guyatt, Dickens, O’Neill, Prewett, Mee, Martin, Wallis, Endy, Bernard, Cheeseman, Murray. All subs unused.