Rampant Athletico on cloud nine

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Hat-tricks from Ryan Tennant and Martyn Smith fired Hucknall side ATHLETICO T8’S to a barnstorming 9-1 victory in the Premier Division of the NOTTS COMBINATION.

Improving Athletico showed no mercy on lowly Priory, especially in the second half when they rain in seven goals.

They could even afford to miss an early penalty when Smith struck a post.

He soon made amends with a shot that the ‘keeper parried into the path of Tennant, who then added a second from close range.

Smith clipped home from 25 yards and then saw a cross=-cum shot go through the goalie’s legs before player/manager Tennant completed his treble, beating three players to slot home.

After an own goal, Smith netted his third thanks to good work by tricky winger Jamie Brown, who deservedly got on the scoresheet himself by rifling home a low shot.

Although Priory pulled one back, the rout was wrapped up by substitute Ben Lewin when he charged down a clearance.

ATHLETICO LINE-UP: Dennis M./ Devine, Monk, Thornley, Tennant M., Brown J., England A., Orton R., McShane T., Smith M., Tennant R. Subs: Lewin, Ford, Ryan P., Hickman, Lee.

The fine recent form of AFC ROLLS-ROYCE continued with a 3-1 victory over Sports Direct in Division One of the NOTTS COMBINATION.

Jamie Start opened the scoring before Gareth Wainwright picked up a second-half brace.

Runaway leaders STATION HOTEL (HUCKNALL) failed to win for only the second time this season in Premier Division One of the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE.

But in reality, they did well to hit back from 3-0 down to secure a 3-3 draw away to The Arrow.

Ben Horton (2) and Richard Saxton appeared to have eased the hosts to a shock win.

But with only 15 minutes left, goals from Dean Longdon, Lee Carrington and Dan Draycott showed why Station are top.

The promotion prospects of THE EMPIRE HUCKNALL suffered a damaging blow in Senior Division Two of the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE.

For Empire slid to a 3-1 defeat away to Top Valley, who sit just below them in the table.

Ashley Hallam was on target for the locals, who fell to goals from Simon Bedding, Pete Hastings and Adam Robinson .