Dragon dreams dashed by second-half goal rush

WORDS OF WISDOM -- manageress Norma Hatfield gave an inspirational team-talk ahead of the biggest match in Green Dragon's history.
WORDS OF WISDOM -- manageress Norma Hatfield gave an inspirational team-talk ahead of the biggest match in Green Dragon's history.

A classic example of a game of two halves wrecked the county cup-glory dreams of Hucknall braves GREEN DRAGON.

As the weather again took its toll on the Sunday fixture-list, Dragon’s Notts FA Sunday Senior County Cup semi-final against Gedling Inn went ahead after moving venue.

But the Inspire Stadium at Stoke Bardolph failed to live up to its name for Norma Hatfield’s outfit, who crashed 5-0 to their Notts Sunday Morning League, Premier Premier Division rivals.

The score did not reflect the way Dragon, flying the flag for Hucknall, more than held their own in the first half of what was the biggest match in their history.

Goalkeeper Jamie Taylor was virtually a spectator as they created most of the chances and even hit the bar with a rifled shot from midfielder Jonny Bernard.

However the tie was transformed by an unlucky own goal early in the second period that gifted unbeaten Gedling the lead. A harmless cross took a nasty dip and bounced in off the head of a Dragon defender.

After a marvellous treble-save by Taylor, the locals were soon dealt another blow when Gedling were awarded a soft penalty that Jack Caulton converted.

And from then on, it was downhill all the way as Ben Middleton, Jay Knight and Luke Attenborough added further goals for the home team to set up a final against Clumber or Trowsers.

As the result left Dragon free to fight their battle against relegation in the NSML’s top flight, manageress Hatfield was in philosophical mood.

“Sadly, we didn’t go through to the final but, in a lot of people’s opinion, the result did not reflect the game,” she said.

“We received a huge amount of praise for the quality of our play, especially in the first half, and for our tenacity when the chips were down.

“This is the mindset we will transfer to our remaining league matches to do Hucknall proud in the Premier Premier Division too.”

ONLY six matches beat the waterlogging weather in the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE -- but that didn’t bother striker Adam Parkinson.

For he blasted a hat-trick in a 3-0 victory for THE NABB INN away to lowly Heath Hill in Senior Division Two.

It was Nabb’s sixth victory of the campaign and lifted them into fifth place in the table.

No other Dispatch district sides were in action in either the NSML or the NOTTS SUNDAY COMBINATION.