THE DREAMS of GREEN DRAGON in the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE’S Premier Section Cup were dashed by top-flight rivals, Gedling Inn.
Dragon were hoping to join fellow Hucknall outfit, T8’s, in the semi-finals, but crashed 5-1 after a long break of four weeks without action.
The teams had drawn 2-2 in the league earlier in the season, but this time, Gedling surged into a four-goal lead, despite the best efforts of man-of-the-match goalkeeper Jamie Taylor.
Centre-back Aaron Cotterill scored his first goal for the club to pull one back after a fine weaving run and long-range shot.
But Gedling, whose scorers were Jamie Walker (2), Marek Vipond, Anthony Gregory and Adam Whitehead, had the last word.
Dragon boss Norma Hatfield said she was disappointed but not downhearted in what is their maiden season in the top division.
n DRAGON LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- Taylor J./ Crowson, Cotterill, Neale, Allen/ Humphreys, Matthews J., Sisson, Bernard/ Matthews K., Lucas. Sub: Blake.
n IN the Premier Premier Division itself, T8’S inched nearer to the title by stretching their unbeaten run to eight matches.
A 4-0 victory at Trentside took them to just a point behind leaders Nuthall with three games in hand. Nuthall suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat at lowly Trowsers.
T8’s were creating chances from the off, with Chay Bettridge and Aaron Shart causing mayhem down the left. And when the ‘keeper failed to hold a rasping shot from Aaron Ryan, the rebound was smashed home by Andy Start.
Damian Mann added a second, coolly slotting home from 18 yards on the half-hour mark, and with Billy Brooks working hard in midfield, the openings continued to flow.
The second half deteriorated into a mudbath, and T8’s goalkeeper Jake Pearson was called on to make a couple of fantastic saves as Trentside tried to fight back.
But Start put the game to bed 15 minutes from time when Ryan slipped him in. And then Bettridge drilled home a penalty after a cross from the dangerous Kyle McDermott had been handled.
n T8’S LINE-UP -- Pearson J./ Conn, Peberday, Hayes D., Short, Mann, Brooks, Ryan, Bettridge, Start A., McDermott. Subs: Allen J., Hunt, Hayes G.
n FORMER Hucknall Town midfielder John Chamberlain has been installed as the new manager of long-standing Hucknall side, PLOUGH BARFLYS, in the Premir Premier Division.
Chamberlain, who had spells at Nottingham Forest and Derby County as a youngster, is widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation (1980s and 1990s).
But he was unable to prevent Barflys sliding to a disappointing 3-1 defeat in their latest match -- away to bottom-of-the-table Old Colonial.
Jonty Bradshaw was on the mark for the locals, only for goals from Kevin Walker (2) and Bulwell striker Scott Litchfield to earn Colonial only their second victory of the season.
n CHAMPIONS-elect STATION HOTEL (HUCKNALL) powered 12 points clear at the top of the Premier First Division with a 5-2 win at Portland Arms.
Dean Longdon (2), Elliott Christie, James Randall and Harry Price were on target as Station stretched their unbeaten record to 13 games.
n PROMOTION-chasing THE EMPIRE and THE MASONS edged closer to the top of Premier Division Two with welcome wins.
Alec Morton, Jake Wright and Joe Ashurst netted the goals as Empire triumphed 3-2 at Premium, while goals from Daniel Poole (2) and Fraser White guided Masons to a 3-1 success at home to Edwalton.
Unfortunately, fellow Hucknall outfit PREMIERE TRAVEL were unable to follow suit, crashing 3-0 away to struggling County NALGO.
n IN Senior Division Two, THE EMPIRE HUCKNALL are mounting a rush for promotion.
Two strikes apiece from Shane Brown and Ashley Hallam, plus a goal from Luke Thompson did the damage for Empire in a 5-0 romp at home to Premium Reserves.
The win kept them in fourth place in the table -- only three points behind leaders Burton Joyce B with eight matches to play.