For the first time this season, the weather played havoc as the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE returned to action after its two-week festiver break.
The most high-profile casualty of the heavy rain was the Premier Section Cup quarter-final between league champions T8’S and Wollaton Pirates.
T8’s were hoping to exact revenge for a surprise defeat at the hands of First Division high-fliers Wollaton in the semi-finals of the same competition last season.
But the tie had to be called off because of a waterlogged pitch at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club and will now be played this weekend.
If T8’s get through to the last four, they will join fellow Premier Division outfits Gedling Inn and Old Colonial, plus First Division Kirkby Town, who all won their ties last Sunday.
Bulwell striker Scott Litchfield netted twice in Colonial’s 4-1 success away to cup holders Nuthall -- as did his Saturday teammate Ross McCaughey in a 4-2 success for Gedling Inn against First Division leaders Sycamore Saints.
The rain put paid too to all three Premier Premier Division matches involving Hucknall sides -- STATION HOTEL’S trip to Clumber, GREEN DRAGON’S clash with Trentside and BARFLYS H2O’S fixture at Trowsers.
BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE were also left cursing the weather, which put off their Senior Section Cup, quarter-final at home to Queen Adelaide Reserves.
However, in the same competition, Hucknall team THE NABB INN got the go ahead at home to AFC Gedling and played their part in an 11-goal thriller.
Nabb play a division above Gedling, but their opponents are riding high in Senior Three and led 4-3 at half-time after two goals apiece from James Starbuck and Andy Cordin.
The locals, whose first-half scorers were Nick Clayton, Ryan Gunn and Ben Wilson, equalised midway through the second period, courtesy of Adam Parkinson. But as the tie went into extra-time, they succumbed to further strikes from Ashley Bird, Elliott Griffiths and Paul Macmillan and ended up losing 7-4.
The only league match involving a Hucknall side to beat the weather saw AFC H2O crash to a disappointing 5-2 defeat at home to ABP in Premier Division Two.
Daniel Poole gave H2O an early lead, but then they were put to the sword as goals from Paul Hurt, Ed Smith, John Fryer, Sam Stansfield and Dean Hickman set up an easy win for the visitors. Martin Richardson’s consolation came too late for the home side.
IN the NOTTS SUNDAY COMBINATION, Premier Division leaders EMPIRE suffered only their second defeat of the season when coming unstuck against local-derby rivals, MELLISH.
Marcus Newman was on target for the Bulwell top dogs -- only for Simon Cassidy (2), Ashley Chadwick and Kieran Perry to prove what the mid-table visitors are made of in a 4-1 romp.
In the same division, LORD NELSON’S woes continued with a 5-0 reverse at Bestwood Park, whose scorers were Wes Burke, Jordan Dodsworth, Gareth Scoffins and Courtney Samuels, alongside an own goal.