Five-star HUCKNALL TOWN SUNDAY salvaged local pride on an otherwise miserable day for Dispatch district teams in the First Round of the Notts Sunday Morning League’s Premier Section Cup.
Newly-named Town (formerly Station Hotel), of the Premier Division, romped to a 5-1 victory away to First Division strugglers Top Valley United. Their goals were shared by Dan Draycott (2), Dean Longdon (2) and Nathan Lovett.
However, two other Hucknall outfits, First Division duo ATHLETICO T8’S and AFC H2O, crashed to heavy home defeats. Athletico fell 4-1 to divisional rivals Stratford Haven, despite a goal from Aiden England. while AFC were mauled 8-0 by top-flight hotshots Gedling Inn.
Leading the goal glut for Gedling were three players who ply their trade for Bulwell on Saturdays. Conor Carter netted a hat-trick and Felix Hogg and Callum Moss scored one apiece.
A fourth Hucknall team, HALF MOON, were handed a bye through to the Second Round -- but might have wished they hadn’t after losing 4-0 to Trowsers in a Premier Division league game.
Having been thrashed 9-1 by the same team only two weeks earlier, Moon feared the worst. But fielding a different side, they dominated the first half with some sharp pass-and-go moves, stinging the palms of home ‘keeper Daniel Wood more than once.
Things changed, though, when Tommy Kemp, another Bulwell player, drove across goalie Jamie Taylor to give Trowsers the lead just before the interval.
A mistake on the edge of the area gifted Kemp his second early in the second half, and then two goals from striker Jake Hinchcliffe completed the home team’s win.
DESPITE leading twice, THE EMPIRE suffered their first defeat of the season in Premier Division One, going down 3-2 to tabletopping ABP.
Goals at the start of each half by Jake Bennett and Elliott Christie were not enough as Ayo Abbis twice equalised and then Ed Smyth poached a late winner.
NEWLY-promoted BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE slid to a shock 1-0 reverse at home to Beeston Biz in the Senior Second Division. It was only the second time they have lost in 22 league games.
However, in the same division, THE NABB INN strode to an impressive 5-1 success at home to Dovecrest, courtesy of goals from Sean Monk (2), Shane Brown, Dom Masotano and Karmane McIndoe.
SHOT-shy AFC DOWHAN went down 3-0 at Queen Adelaide Reserves for their second defeat of the Senior Third Division season. Dowhan matched the hosts, but created very little in the final third.