Resurgent Hucknall Town deny high-fliers the Sunday crown

PAUL PREWETT -- scored for AFC Dowhan.

PAUL PREWETT -- scored for AFC Dowhan.

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Resurgent HUCKNALL TOWN SUNDAY produced one of their best performances of the season to deny Old Colonial the NOTTS SAUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE, Premier Premier Division title.

Town, who languished near the foot of the table for so long, underlined their recent improvement by holding Colonial to a goalless draw, which left leaders Trentside just one point away from the champions’ crown.

They could even have won it, with Elliott Christie squandering a golden chance in the first half, blasting over after breaking clear, and Dan Draycott driving just wide late on.

At the other end, defenders Harry Price and Ryan Norris did well to marshall dangerman Scott Litchfield, who was restricted to one opening when hitting the bar. Two other Colonial efforts were headed off the line.

Hucknall’s other side in the top flight, HALF MOON, remain rooted to the bottom of the table after sinking to their 15th defeat in 16 games -- this time 4-0 at home to Clumber.

On a windy morning, Clumber bagged their first two goals from set-pieces before being awarded no fewer than three penalties in the second period. Two were converted, while the other was brilliantly saved by stalwart ‘keeper Jamie Taylor.

Taylor then came out of goal to play up front, after an injury to Matt Lewis, and he almost scored from the halfway-line! But Moon’s man-of-the-match was veteran ex-Hucknall Town goalie Dave McCarthy, who whistled two free-kicks just wide.

TWO matches involving Hucknall teams in the Premier First Division saw ATHLETICO T8’S held to a 1-1 draw by MIS United and BARFLYS H2O go down 3-1 at Premium, for whom Omari Sadler scored a hat-trick. Matthew Monk netted Athletico’s goal, while Matt Moult was on the scoresheet for Barflys.

IN SENIOR Division Two, BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE resurrected their promotion chances with a 1-0 win over second-placed Carlton Top Spot Reserves, courtesy of a strike from Adam Price-Henson.

However, THE NABB INN suffered a blow to their hopes in a thrilling 4-4 draw at The Castle Inn, despite goals from Shane Brown, Nick Clayton, Dom Masotano and Gareth Wainwright.

A GOAL five minutes from time by substitute Paul Prewett earned AFC DOWHAN a deserved 1-1 draw in their last match of the Senior Third Division season, at home to Kingswell Rangers. With nothing to play for, Dowhan’s players picked their positions out of a hat!