Shellshocked Hucknall teams suffered defeats by six, seven and nine goals on a day of batterings in the Notts Sunday Morning League.
In the Premier Premier Division, HALF MOON crashed 6-1 at home to Old Colonial. In Premier Division One, ATHLETICO T8’S were hammered 7-0 by ABP, while AFC H2O slid to a 9-3 reverse away to Robin Hood.
And that wasn’t all because in Senior Division Two, THE NABB INN, who had started the season so brightly, were crushed 7-2 by near-neighbours Bestwood.
Athletico felt the full force of an ABP side sitting pretty at the top of the table. Luke Burrell and Tim Jackson each hit the net twice, while Ed Smyth, Russ Whitt and Ayo Abbis, who plays for Hucknall Town on Saturdays, also found the target.
AFC H2O were boosted by two goals by experienced striker Damian Rennicks, who used to ply his trade for all-conquering Sunday giants, Scots Grey. But they still collapsed to defeat at unbeaten Robin Hood, whose nine-goal bonanza was spearheaded by hat-tricks from Ryan Clements and Adam Parkinson, who blasted three in next to no time in the second half.
Tommy Rutter and Gary Fountain also struck for the home side, who were four up by the break, and although Rory Smith netted a late consolation for the Hucknall team, their morning of misery was summed up by a missed penalty, which the Robin Hood goalkeeper saved.
Local pride was salvaged in the Premier First Division by THE EMPIRE, who are up to third in the table after a 1-0 victory away to Stratford Haven. Paul Parkinson netted the only goal of the game.
However, Nabb could not shake off the gloom when slipping to their first defeat of the campaign at Bestwood. Dominic Masotano and Gareth Wainwright found the net -- but so did Paul Bentley (2), Keenan Williams (2), Shane Robinson, Ryan Hannigan and Michael Tyres for the inspired home team.
One of Nabb’s rivals in the Senior Second Division, BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE, took a break from league action to tackle the Second Round (last 32) of the Notts FA Sunday Minor County Cup. However, they were bounced out by Retford outfit, Hallcroft, who playh in the Gainsborough Sunday League. Despite goals from Adam Price-Henson and Greg Mitchell, Bestwood lost 4-2.