A terrific display of what manager Stewart Bowley described as “proper football” moved HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-16S to within touching distance of the top of the Saturday First Division table in the Notts Youth League.
Entertaining bottom team Long Eaton United Sports showed no mercy, striding to a 4-1 victory with the help of two more goals from Adey Lang.
Had it not been for a sterling performance by the Long Eaton ‘keeper, the locals would have been out of sight by half-time. As it was, they scored just the one goal -- Ellis Evans producing a moment of magic to dink a beautifully-weighted lob into the path of Lang, who skilfully nicked it over the onrushing ‘keeper.
Inspired by talented man-of-the-match Matt Leivers, Sports were even more dominant in the second half, launching wave after wave of attacks. And they duly doubled their lead when Lang dispatched a penalty, awarded when Jarrod Davies was upended.
Davies got on the scoresheet himself with a contender for goal of the season, drifting in from the left to curl a sublime effort into the top corner. And although Long Eaton netted a late consolation, it wasn’t before a fourth Sports strike as Lang squared for James Hallam to smash home.
PLUCKY HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-13S were far from disgraced in going down 4-1 to tabletopping Southwell City Sharks in the Saturday Third Division of the Young Elizabethan League.
Super Southwell had scored no fewer than 40 goals in their opening three matches, and powered into a 3-0 lead in the opening half that wrecked Warriors’ own unbeaten record.
But the Hucknall side came out fighting in the second period and were rewarded with an opportunist goal from Jack Bradley, whose lob could only be helped into the net by the ‘keeper. Not until the dying minutes did Southwell add to their own tally, with Ewan Hill completing a hat-trick.
Warriors’ man-of-the-match was Jude Preece, who impressed after being given the task of man-marking the visitors’ star player.
TWO controversial decisions by the referee cost HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-11S WHITE dear in their top-of-the-table clash against West Hallam in the Saturday Second Division of the Young Elizabethan League.
Previously unbeaten Sports lost 2-1 after conceding an opening goal that looked offside and then a penalty that was hotly disputed.
It was frustrating because they were the better side, playing some fine football that was finally rewarded with a goal by Kenan Burton. Only a superb save denied them an equaliser in the dying seconds when Sam O’Hanlon’s free-kick was plucked from the top corner.