Late goal robs Hucknall Town after gem of a game at Pinxton

TALK OF THE TOWN -- Ben Waplington, who fired home Hucknall Town's equaliser at Pinxton.
TALK OF THE TOWN -- Ben Waplington, who fired home Hucknall Town's equaliser at Pinxton.

An 85th minute goal condemned goal-shy HUCKNALL TOWN to an undeserved 2-1 defeat at Pinxton in a gem of a game that heaped credit on the Central Midlands League’s South Division.

The sides, who are both sitting in the top five of the table, played their part in an entertaining game that made light of a sticky pitch. But Yellows boss Andy Graves was left wondering how on earth his team failed to maintain their recent run of form that had lifted them to within a point of the leaders.

“Pinxton were quick to acknowledge that they robbed us,” said Graves. “But you are not unlucky if you score from only one of about eight good chances. Pinxton took their best two chances -- and that was the difference.

“Nevertheless, I was pleased with the performance. We made a very good side look ordinary at times.”

Pinxton took the lead with a soft goal in the 17th minute when a free-kick from wide on the right seemed to bounce straight in, with Town ‘keeper James Beddingham distracted by onrushing home striker Tom Ellis.

The Yellows levelled on 58 with a fine half-volley by Ben Waplington, and for the next 15 minutes, they laid siege to the home goal, which led a charmed life. Leon Aikman struck the foot of a post, and ‘Gareth Briggs made fantastic saves to deny James Rigg, Adam Nelson and Aaron Evans.

However, Pinxton snatched the winner against the run of play when Luke Walker lashed home from a needlessly-conceded corner. And Town’s frustration was summed up when Elliott Pitt’s late, curling free-kick hit the underside of the bar.

TOWN LINE-UP (4-5-1) -- Beddingham/ Henry, Leak (man-of-match), Atkinson, Pitt/ Evans, Rigg, Davidson, Aikman, Waplington/ Nelson. SUBS USED: Maxwell (for Henry), Moran J. (for Waplington), Gatland (for Nelson).