In a mudbath at The Stag Ground, HUCKNALL TOWN’S interest in this season’s Notts FA Senior County Cup sank without trace against Kimberley Miners Welfare on Wednesday night.
Town, who bossed the competition in their glory years, went down 2-0 in their Second Round tie to Kimberley, of the East Midlands Counties League’s Premier Division.
The omens weren’t good even before kick-off as key midfielder Leon Aikman’s car broke down on his way from Birmingham. And The Yellows found themselves one down after only five minutes when a sliced clearance fell invitingly for Liam Honeyman to nod into an empty net.
Town responded with some fine football, especially down the right where man-of-the-match Elliott Pitt was always dangerous, and two shots from striker Aaron Evans flew over the bar.
However, Kimberley adapted better to the heavy pitch, relying on a more direct game and coping well with the absence of several players.
The second half opened with Evans squandering a golden chance to level before the home side bagged a killer second goal when Jermaine Ward shrugged off handball appeals to hit a hopeful shot that deceived goalkeeper James Beddingham.
Beddingham made amends with a superb save, while at the other end, James Rigg had a shot cleared off the line. But it was Kimberley’s night as they reached the last 16 for the first time in their history.
Said Yellows boss Andy Graves: “We won’t lose too much sleep over the result because the league is our priority. The conditions suited Kimberley, but our effort could not be faulted.
TOWN LINE-UP (4-5-1) -- Beddingham/ Henry, Leak, Maxwell, Pitt/ Rigg, Robinson, Harding, Davidson, Waplington/ Evans. SUBS USED: Aikman, Saxby, Anson.