Manageress Norma determined to keep Half Moon shining

CARRY ON, NORMA! -- defiant manageress Norma Hatfield spells out her message in one of her Half Moon team-talks.
CARRY ON, NORMA! -- defiant manageress Norma Hatfield spells out her message in one of her Half Moon team-talks.

Determined manageress Norma Hatfield says she will not be giving up the fight, even though her Hucknall team have been relegated from the top division of the Notts Sunday Morning League.

HALF MOON’S three-season spell in the league’s top flight bit the dust as they finished rock-bottom with just one win from 20 matches. And considering they suffered 19 defeats and leaked 97 goals, many expected them to become the latest Sunday outfit in the Dispatch district to fold.

However, Hatfield, who is one of the few, and maybe the only, female boss in senior men’s football in the entire county, this week scoffed at such a suggestion and told the critics: “Roll on next season!”

“We knew from the beginning that this would be a tricky season because we lost a lot of experienced players to Saturday football and other commitments,” she said.

“But the young players who have come forward have been like a breath of fresh air. They have turned up at training every week, played against players with lots more experience and physicality, and showed positivity that belies their years.

“Obviously, we are going to be relegated. But we are going to ask the league if we can drop down to the bottom division and regroup with these youngsters to give them more of a fighting chance.

“I would like to thank all the players for everything they have done throughout the season. Also the supporters who turn out to cheer us on and the Half Moon pub who sponsor us and do us proud after every match.

“I believe in each and every one of our players, so let’s see what next season holds.”

Meanwhile, Moon’s local rivals in the Premier Premier Division, HUCKNALL TOWN SUNDAY, rounded off their 2014/15 campaign with an eyecatching 6-1 victory over last season’s champions, Gedling Inn.

It capped a remarkable second half of the season for Town, who were languishing alongside Moon in January, having accrued just three points. But their final six matches have yielded five wins, including this one that destroyed Gedling. The Yellows’ heroes were Elliott Christie and Nathan Lovett, who each plundered hat-tricks, with Jay Knight responding for the visitors.

Another gloomy campaign for BARFLYS H2O continued with a 4-1 reverse away to mid-table MIS United in Premier Division One.

Jake Bennett found the net with a spectacular 20-yard free-kick, but MIS strode to a comfortable win thanks to a hat-trick by Brad Ellis and a strike from Sam Smith. It left Barflys stranded at the foot of the table by 11 points after just one victory in 17 games.

The penultimate match of the season for BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE in Senior Division Two resulted in a 3-3 draw at home to Premium Reserves. On target were Rhys Scotton, Dave Donachie and Josh Priestley.