Jubilant Hucknall Town win first major trophy for 11 years

GOAL! Niall Thompson scores Town's second in their 3-0 cup-final victory over Clifton All Whites.
GOAL! Niall Thompson scores Town's second in their 3-0 cup-final victory over Clifton All Whites.
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Jubilant Hucknall Town have lifted their first major trophy for 11 years after winning the Central Midlands League Cup.

Town beat South Division rivals Clifton All Whites 3-0 in the final at Alfreton Town’s Impact Arena Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Not since Steve Burr’s Yellows took the Unibond Northern Premier League title back in 2004 have the club celebrated a top honour.

They were helped considerably by a red card for Clifton captain Craig Anderson after only two minutes for a rash, two-footed challenge.

Clifton still created the best of the chances in a goalless first half. But Town took control in the second period -- from the moment Adam Nelson broke the deadlock two minutes in, slotting a through-ball past the ‘keeper.

Andy Graves’s side continued to push forward and doubled their lead in the 57th minute through Niall Thompson, who was with Vanarama Conference club Torquay United until a few weeks ago.

By now, Clifton were a spent force and as they left huge gaps at the back, The Yellows threatened to pick them off at will.

The third goal finally arrived in the 87th minute when substitute Johnny Hamilton sent the sizeable contingent of Hucknall fans wil with delight.

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