Hucknall Sports produce their best display for years

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Title-chasing HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-12S produced their finest performance for many years to end the 100% record of fellow high-fliers Greenwood Meadows in the Young Elizabethan League.

Although under constant pressure, Sporrts were magnificent in defence, denying the visitors any clearcut chances to secure a famous 2-1 win that keeps them on the heels of leaders Moorgreen Colts in the Sunday Second Division.

After a goalless first half, Sports took the lead when Mitchell West hit a screamer into the top corner. And then West turned provider to set up the second for Connor Smith, who was also unlucky to have another goal ruled out.

A RED card for Jac Stevenson proved costly for HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-18S RED in a 5-3 defeat at home to top-of-the-table Netherfield Boys in the Sunday Second Division of the Notts Youth League.

In an exciting but goalless first half, Warriors were holding Netherfield when disaster struck as Stevenson was sent off in the 40th minute.

The visitors duly took advantage by surging into a 2-0 lead within eight minutes of the start of a pulsating second half. And although Warriors squared things up with a fine individual goal from Joe Cox and a free-kick from Andreas Kokkinou that flew into the net, Netherfield quckly restored their two-goal cushion.

Cox converted a penalty, after he had been brought down, to give Warriors late hope -- only for Netherfield to wrap up their win in the dying seconds.

The ten-man locals, whose man-of-the-match was tenacious captain Tyler Stafford, had every right to feel proud of their battling performance.

SEEMINGLY invincible tabletoppers Long Eaton United were far too strong for HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-12S RED in the Saturday 11-A-Side Division of the Young Elizabethan League.

Despite goals from Joe Gilland and Jack Bradley, Warriors were given a 7-2 thumping that extended Long Eaton’s 100% record to seven matches.

The visitors were two up inside the first 15 minutes, three up by the break and four up early in the second half.

Warriors came alive when Gillan volleyed in a cross from Bradley, who then latched on to a beautiful pass from Curtis Rigley, raced clear and calmly fired over the advancing ‘keeper to cut the deficit to 4-2.

However, they couldn’t sustain their fightback, and Long Eaton went up a gear to add three more goals in the last ten minutes.

THE title dreams of HUCKNALL SPORTS UNDER-11S are still alive after a crucial 6-2 victory away to Gedling Town in the Sunday Third Division of the Young Elizabethan League.

Sports extended their 100% record to seven games to stay just in front of arch rivals AFC Vernon Colts White and Gotham Rangers with two to play.

After struggling to make the initial breakthrough, Jake Thorpe beat the offside trap to slot home the opening goal, and then Jude Brough and Josh Vere made it 3-0 by the break.

Gedling did pull two goals back, but both Thorpe and Vere struck again. Malaki Wooldridge also got in on the scoring act, while Kian Stevenson was man-of-the-match.