Historic Notts FA Youth Shield double for Hucknall Sports

SHIELD SHOWSTOPPERS -- the victorious Hucknall Sports Under-14s Black side line up for the camera. They are (from left) -- Back Row: Adam Boyfield (coach), Jack Birch, Joe Humphreys, Adam Loydall, Sam Jackson, Elliot Morledge, Aaron Roberts, Pierce Hallam, Luke Watson, Jack Clarke. Front Row: Martin Whitley (manager), James Leech, Kielen Gretton, Matt Bloor, Josh Pearson, Alex Humphreys and Richie McGrath (coach).

SHIELD SHOWSTOPPERS -- the victorious Hucknall Sports Under-14s Black side line up for the camera. They are (from left) -- Back Row: Adam Boyfield (coach), Jack Birch, Joe Humphreys, Adam Loydall, Sam Jackson, Elliot Morledge, Aaron Roberts, Pierce Hallam, Luke Watson, Jack Clarke. Front Row: Martin Whitley (manager), James Leech, Kielen Gretton, Matt Bloor, Josh Pearson, Alex Humphreys and Richie McGrath (coach).

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Jubilant HUCKNALL SPORTS are celebrating a record-breaking second Notts FA County Youth Sunday Shield triumph inside a month.

Following on from the success of Hucknall Sports Under-15s Red, reported in last week’s Dispatch, it’s the turn of Hucknall Sports Under-14s Black to take the plaudits.

For they won their county final at Arnold Town’s Eagle Valley Stadium with a 1-0 victory over Young Elizabethan League, First Division rivals Blidworth Welfare Black.

It’s the first time in Sports’s proud 37-year history that they have landed two county Shields in the same season. It is also believed to be a first for Hucknall football as a whole.

For manager Martin Whitley, it was his fourth personal county success -- an achievement hailed as “fantastic” by delighted Sports chairman Alan Spray.

“The history books have neen re-written by Hucknall Sports this season,” beamed Spray. “It is quite remarkable.”

The only goal of the final came in the second half when a passing move involving some one-touch football led to a terrific ball from Pierce Hallam to substitute Joe Humphreys, who smashed the ball home.

Moments later, striker Sam Jackson went close with a looping shot. And then when Blidworth responded, the Sports defence of Alex Humphreys, Elliot Morledge, Jack Birch and Aaron Roberts stood firm, in front of goalkeeper Luke Watson, who was not for beating.

The Hucknall lads ran themselves into the ground and showed tremendous resilience ot hold on to their lead. The icing on the cake for them was the award of a trophy to Roberts for man-of-the-match.

Sports had also started the game well, mounting a wave of attacks, with wingers Josh Pearson and skipper Matt Bloor working the flanks to create chances.

The best opening fell to James Leech, who glanced an effort wide from a curling corner by Kielen Gretton.

Blidworth also had their share of the ball in a match full of good football.