Hucknall Warriors’ fightback is scuppered at the death

HUCKNALL Warriors football round-up.
HUCKNALL Warriors football round-up.

A winning goal five minutes from time robbed HUCKNALL WARRIORS of a share of the spoils after an excellent performance against tabletopping AFC Freeman And Mitchell in the Third Division of the EMPAL Sunday League.

In an action-packed finale, Warriors twice came from behind thanks to superb free-kicks from just outside the box by Macauley Spencer -- the first on 70 minutes and the second on 79. But tragedy struck on 85 when Freeman And Mitchell produced a flying free-kick of their own to seal a 3-2 victory and complete a match of five goals all from set-pieces.

Warriors had made a slow start, conceding a goal from a corner in the very first minute. But they soon got into their stride in an entertaining, end-to-end clash, even though Liam Burley had to clear an effort off the line. Both Spencer and Joe cox went close.

A RESOUNDING 4-0 win at home to Gedling Southbank extended the 100% spring-season record of HUCKNALL WARRIORS UNDER-13S RED and returned them to the top of the Young Elizabethan League, Saturday Third Division table.

After Jack Bradley had seen a goal disallowed for offside, Curtis Rigley gave Warriors the lead in the 12th minute with a blistering shot from outside the area. And two minutes later, Bradley drove home a fantastic strike for number two.

Warriors, whose man-of-the-match was midfielder Camryn Walker, continued to attack in numbers in the second period, with Lewis Radford coolly netting the third goal in a goalmouth scramble.

At the other end, Bradley Kernaghan cleared off the line before a fine solo goal sealed the points as Bradley went past several players to tuck the ball home.