Hucknall six-a-side champions cap superb season

BEST OF THE SIXES --   Abu Dhabi, the newly-crowned champions of the Hucknall Six-A-Side Monday League at The National Academy
BEST OF THE SIXES -- Abu Dhabi, the newly-crowned champions of the Hucknall Six-A-Side Monday League at The National Academy

Newly-crowned champions Abu Dhabi wrapped up a fantastic season in the HUCKNALL SIX-A-SIDE LEAGUE by completing a record in which they have dropped only three points.

In their 14th and final fixture, Abu Dhabi hammered Heaton Sports 7-2 to finish five points clear of Jurassic Pork in the Monday night league at The National Academy on Annesley Road.

Jurassic clinched the runners-up spot by surging back from 3-1 down at half-time to defeat close rivals, Team 316, 4-3 in a thriller.

Team 316 held on to third place on goal-difference, even though the team just behind them, Warriors, thrashed bottom-of-the-table K.F.C. 7-1 in their last match. And one of their players, Lee Watton, sealed the individual man-of-the-match league title after gaining seven starman awards.

The league is run by the national franchise, Leisure Leagues, who claim to be Europe’s largest provider of small-sided soccer. And no sooner had one season finished than another started this week.

The same eight teams are involved, playing some high-quality, competitive football in a good spirit. But Abu Dhabi made a bad start to the defence of their title by suffering their first defeat in 14 matches -- 2-1 to old foes, Jurassic Pork.

Team 316 carved out an assured 3-1 victory over The Groomsmen, while Warriors’ young team got off to a winning start when beating Heaton Sports by the same scoreline.

The fourth fixture resulted in a terrific start for last season’s woodens-spoonists, K.F.C., who claimed a 5-0 walkover because opponents, Baywatch Babes, could not raise a side.

Meanwhile, a similar Tuesday night six-a-side league is also set to get under way at National from 16th September.

Games cost £30 per team, and anyone who wants to register should ring chief organiser Dave Long on 07958 804924 or log on to www.leisureleagues.net.

Qualified referees are in charge of the league, which is backed up by a strong disciplinary structure.