A dramatic last-minute penalty-miss meant honours were shared when Hucknall rivals ATHLETICO T8’S and AFC H2O clashed in a NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE, Premier Second Division local derby.
Athletico, who are newcomers to the league, and H2O, who were formerly known as The Masons) battled out a 2-2 draw to stay in the middle of the table.
But H2O should have stolen all three points in the dying seconds when the home ‘keeper conceded a penalty that was blasted against the bar and away to safety.
Athletico twice took the lead -- through Ryan Orton after only 30 seconds and then Martyn Smith soon after the half-time break.
But each time, H2O hit back to equalise -- thanks to goals from Sean Williams and Paul Prewett.
IN the Premier Premier Division, Hucknall strugglers BARFLYS H2O (formerly Plough Barflys) remain rock-bottom of the table after another heavy defeat.
This time Barflys crashed 8-0 at home to Trentside, for whom both Nathan Francis and Rorie Francis bagged hat-tricks.
The other goals were scored by Nick Murray and Hucknall Town midfielder Leon Aikman in a result that leaves beleaguered Barflys without a point, or even a goal, from their opening four games of the season.
IMPROVEMENT by THE NABB INN continued with a 3-0 defeat of bottom-of-the-table Edwalton Reserves in Senior Division Two.
Matt Thorley netted two of the goals and Kemarnae McIndoe the other to lift Nabb into fourth place in the table.
ON-song AFC ROLLS-ROYCE chalked up their fourth victory on the bounce in Division One of the NOTTS SUNDAY COMBINATION.
The dominant Hucknall side were on top after an early first-half hat-trick from Gareth Wainwright.
Sean Monk hit a spectacular volley from a sublime cross by Josh Broad and then Dom Masotano fired a rocket into the roof of the net.
A terrific move provided Jamie Start with a tap-in, while Saul Abbiss netted a consolation for hard-working Beeston.
In Division Three of the Combination, tabletopping MELLISH RESERVES were given their stiffest test yet -- but extended their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Mellish triumphed 3-2 away to Aspley Park thanks to strikes from Adam Celino, Ashley Chadwick and the impressive Ricky Clayton.