The bizarre and unpredictable nature of double-headers in Sunday morning football was truly exemplified by the latest fixture involving Hucknall side GREEN DRAGON.
Double-headers are two games of 30 minutes each-way that are played on the same morning against the same opposition.
The idea behind them is to ease fixture congestion. But they can throw up some extraordinary results, as with Dragon when they took on Trowsers in the Premier Premier Division of the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE on Easter Day last weekend.
Dragon crashed 4-0 in the opening game, but then bounced back to win the second contest 3-0!
What’s more, Norma Hatfield’s side could summon just the same bare 11 for both games.
A hat-trick by striker Tommy Kemp and a goal from Elliott Collins eased the home team to all three points in the opener when lethargic Dragon only woke up when it was all too late.
But the locals looked a different outfit for the second match, producing some lovely, constructive football that ran Trowsers ragged. A well-taken hat-trick by Matt Lucas spearheaded Dragon’s cruise.
END-of-season lethargy afflicted THE EMPIRE, who slid to a 2-0 defeat at home to Premium in the Premier Second Division.
Empire were hoping for points to help them lift them from next to bottom in the table. But they were beaten by goals from Tom Smith and Kevin Greaves.
HEROIC Hucknall outfit THE NABB INN took the plaudits in Senior Division Two by becoming the first team this season to prevent champions Crusader winning.
Crusader had won all 18 of their fixtures to sail to the title. But Nabb held them to a 3-3 draw in an enthralling penultimate match of the campaign.
The plucky locals even led 2-0 at one stage after a tremendous shot from 20 yards by Adam Parkinson and a superb finish by Shane Brown from a well-placed corner.
Shellshocked Crusader sprang back to life, with Ashley Miles cutting the deficit before half-time and then setting up Derek Orchard to equalise.
A mix-up in the home defence led to an own goal that restored Nabb’s lead at 3-2 and looked sure to earn them the points.
But in the dying minutes, an astute pass by Crusader captain Michael Hartshorn enabled Miles to smash home another leveller.
GOAL-happy BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE are on the brink of the Senior Third Division title after two wins inside five days against Real United Reds.
A 9-1 romp last midweek was followed by a 6-1 triumph on Sunday, courtesy of goals from Sean Eaton (2), Tremayne Bryan (2), Darren Ward and Rocky Bennett-Bull.
It left Bestwood needing just four points from their remaining three games to be sure of the championship .