With Christmas approaching, glad tidings of great joy were received from both Hucknall Town and Bulwell after the latest round of local football matches.
For both soared into the top four of the Central Midlands League’s (CML) South Division after earning rave reviews from improtant victories last Saturday.
Town completed a superb double over reigning champions Clifton All Whites, winning 1-0 at Watnall Road to lift them into third in the table. And jubilant manager Andy Graves is convinced his side could stay there if they maintain their current form.
“The spirit in the dressing-room is superb,” said Graves. “Even though we were forced into a couple of changes against Clifton, it made no difference to the way we played, nor to the quality of our football.”
Just behind them are Bulwell, who beat Notts FA Senior Cup quarter-finalists Hucknall Rolls Leisure 1-0 in the latest Dispatch district derby and are finding their feet again under new manager George Hulley.
“After a transitional period, we are beginning to prosper,” said Bulls secretary Andy Radford. “We are still striving to push for promotion. But even a top-six finish would be a remarkable achievement after such a shaky start to the campaign.”
Incidentally, the two matches were the only ones to beat the weather in the CML’s South Division. After a week of frosts and then heavy rain, all other pitches were left waterlogged or unplayable.
It promopted CML official Richard Lane to joke: “The only two matches to be played were within a quarter of a mile of each other. Hucknall must have its own micro-climate!”