It was Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho who coined the footballing phrase “parking the bus” when criticising the way opponents had defended against his side.
Well, a youth team in Hucknall can be forgiven for considering the same tactics after signing a sponsorship deal with a bus company!
HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-18S are hoping they are on the right road with trentbarton, who run services throughout the Dispatch district and beyond.
The company have bought 15 new kits for the team, which delighted manager Paul Burley, who is also Warriors’ club chairman.
Said Burley: “We are always very grateful to sponsors for assisting us. Running a youth football club is a very expensive operation.
“We are pleased to have an association with such a great, forward-looking company as trentbarton.”
Vittoin Pizzuti, trentbarton’s service delivery manager, commented: “As a locally-based, independently-owned business, we’re deeply rooted in our communities, not least in Hucknall, where our bright orange connect and threes buses, operated by our team of friendly drivers, are firm favourites among the residents.
“We’re proud to be supporting great, local causes such as Hucknall Warriors FC and we wish them all the best for the season.”
Warriors celebrated the new deal with an assured 3-0 win over Ernehale Colts in the First Round of the Notts FA Youth Shield.
Ash Roberts gave them a 22nd minute lead when slotting home a perfect through-ball from man-of-the-match Regan Scott, who put in a fantastic shift at the heart of midfield. And the win was sealed in the second half when Roberts tucked away a penalty after Alex Galloway had been brought down and Kieron Moran fired in a stunning shot from outside the area.
ALSO in the Notts FA Youth Shield, HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-15S were knocked out in a 2-1 defeat away to Kirkby Allstars, of the Mansfield Youth League.
After both sides had hit the woodwork, skipper Billy Platts gave Warriors the lead. But Kirkby levelled ten minutes later and broke to slot the winner past man-of-the-match goalkeeper Jacob Day.