Dominant Hucknall Town put Blidworth to the sword

EUGENIUS -- striker Eugene Francis, who was on target again for Hucknall Town.
EUGENIUS -- striker Eugene Francis, who was on target again for Hucknall Town.

Happy HUCKNALL TOWN regained the winning thread by bossing Blidworth Welfare from start to finish in their latest Central Midlands League, South Division contest.

Town continued with the fine football they had shown against South Normanton Athletic last midweek.

But this time, they came away with three points after goals from Eugene Francis, John Whetton and Johnny Hamilton.

They did it without a moment’s worry -- and without their most influential player in the early weeks of the season, midfield dynamo Leon Aikman, who is still recovering from injury.

In fact, they could have added even more goals with a little more care and ruthlessness in the final third of the pitch.

Town’s nice passing football was yielding chances from the off, with man-of-the-match defender Tom Crisp striking a superb 20-yard volley that the Blidworth ‘keeper was equal to.

And they went ahead when Whetton’s corner was bundled home by Francis off the outstretched leg of a home defender.

Worries remained that The Yellows were not making their dominance tell, especially when Blidworth spurned a golden chance towards the end of the first half.

But the second half opened with Mark Smith smashing a 20-yard free-kick against the bar and Whetton heading the rebound over.

And it wasn’t long before the crucial second goal as Whetton latched on to a loose ball to place his shot past the ‘keeper.

The crossbar was rattled again -- this time by Francis -- and then Hamilton struck a post before wrapping up the points with Town’s third goal, cutting inside and shooting across goal into the bottom corner.

The Yellows also had a late goal disallowed when substitute Joe Lomax was ruled offside after firing a bullet shot into the back of the net from a through-ball by Francis.

Town return to Watnall Road this coming Saturday for a home match against Real United, who are expected to provide a sterner test.

Says manager Andy Graves: “The game will give an indication of how far we have come because Real are a strong footballing side with some very capable players.”

Meanwhile Graves has released one or two players who have not been figuring in the side. But he has signed Leon Wedderburn, who was with Stoke City in his younger days.

On Tuesday night, Graves and his assistant, Phil Henry, travelled to Northamptonshire to spy on The Yellows’ First Round proper opponents in the FA Vase, Desborough Town.

They entertain Desborough, who play two levels above them on the non-league ladder, on 12th October.